The Jags top 10 draft pick only last season, cornerback CJ Henderson, is rumoured to be available for a trade. CJ Henderson was selected 9th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2020 draft, after an impressive college career at the university of Florida. Henderson left the Gators after three seasons, in which he managed 6 interceptions, 15 pass break ups, and 3 sacks.
The Jaguars staff that drafted him is no longer in town, and Urban Meyer has showed this week that he’s not afraid to make changes to the roster. Joe Schobert, linebacker who was signed by the Jags to a large deal only the year prior, was traded to the Steelers in exchange for a 6th round pick. Of course, contracts and salary cap hit play into that decision. But as is always the case with a new coaching staff coming in, they want their guys around them, hand picked.
CJ had a great debut for the Jags, when he tallied 3 pass break ups and an interception against the Colts in his first NFL regular season outing. Henderson also forced a fumble against Green Bay’s Davante Adams, before his season was cut short due to a groin injury. He featured this week in the preseason and put a solid performance on display, with 2 pass break ups on only 4 targets.
Let’s remember that the Jags were initially looking to trade out of the number 9 pick in the 2020 draft before they selected Henderson, and could now look to move him after a somewhat complicated off season. Henderson has apparently been facing some personal battles, and has struggled mentally at times. The Jags are apparently not wanting to deal him, but with teams calling, they would do so at the right price.
This is an interesting one to monitor, with teams like the Saints, Cowboys, and Eagles all hungry for DBs. Saints head coach Sean Payton has openly stated this week that after the retirement of Patrick Robinson, cornerback is an absolute must position for the Saints to address. Maybe a fresh start is best for everyone in this scenario, so don’t be surprised if a move happens this week!