Things haven’t probably worked out the way Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback C.J. Henderson might have envisioned earlier this year. Although he had a couple of rough games last season, he also displayed some of the skills that made him the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. A groin injury cut his rookie season short, but he looked like a promising talent ahead of the 2021 season.
Earlier this year, head coach Urban Meyer described Henderson as a talented young man and told the local media the cornerback had undergone labrum surgery this offseason. Heading into training camp, it looked like the Florida product was poised to pick up where he left off last season but he was promptly placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list. He went on to miss eight days of practice and was absent from the Jaguars’ scrimmage on Sunday.
When asked whether Henderson was going to be able to make up for all the time lost, Meyer said he wasn’t sure, per Jamal St. Cyr of News4Jax. Not long after, the former Gator became the subject of trade speculation.
Multiple NFL executives believe Henderson is available via trade, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. Also, the Jags have “given the impression in some league circles” that the corner is available. Fowler goes on to say that things are good with the team and Henderson. Furthermore, he thinks they are ultimately going to hold onto him. However, this could prompt other clubs to give general manager Trent Baalke a call.
If the Jaguars are indeed shopping Henderson, here are three players they could pursue.