Draftees the Jaguars regret ignoring in favor of CJ Henderson in the 2020 NFL Draft

Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson (21).
Aug 17, 2020; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback CJ Henderson (21). / Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
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The first round of the 2020 draft featured difference-makers such as Joe Burrow and offensive tackle Andrew Thomas. On the other hand, it also included players whose careers have been slowed down by injuries — Javon Kinlaw, Mekhi Becton, and Tua Tagovailoa come to mind. The Jacksonville Jaguars had picks Nos. 9 and 20 that year, which they used to select cornerback C.J. Henderson and outside linebacker K'Lavon Chaisson, respectively. Looking back, the Jags surely want a do-over.

While neither Chaisson nor Henderson has managed to hit their stride, the former at least remains with the Jaguars while the latter didn't even last two seasons in Jacksonville and it's easy to see why.

Former Jaguars CB CJ Henderson has been underwhelming over the last 3 seasons

Henderson flashed as a rookie but was shut down after suffering a groin injury. The former Florida Gator then underwent labrum surgery in the 2021 offseason and missed a good chunk of training camp. Although he was a starter in that year's opener, he was shipped to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2022 third-round selection and tight end Dan Arnold after Week 3.

So far, Henderson has been a disappointment in Carolina. He's had a few solid outings but he's also struggled, scoring Pro Football Focus overall grades of 50.7 and 52.9 in 2021 and 2022 respectively. On the bright side, he managed to play all 17 games last year and register two interceptions. Then again, you want even more from a former first-round pick.

So which players should the Jags have drafted instead of C.J. Henderson? They certainly had a few enticing options.