2017 NFL Draft big board: Top 10 wide receiver prospects

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Nov 5, 2016; Denton, TX, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Carlos Henderson (1) caries the ball in the fourth quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Apogee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 5, 2016; Denton, TX, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs wide receiver Carlos Henderson (1) caries the ball in the fourth quarter against the North Texas Mean Green at Apogee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sean Pokorny-USA TODAY Sports

5. Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech (5-11, 195) — Film Grade: 79.5

Quick Take: If teams are looking for a big-play wide receiver on Day 2 of the draft, Henderson’s their guy. While at Louisiana Tech, Henderson averaged just under 20 yards per reception. In 2016 alone, he recorded 82 receptions for 1535 yards and 19 touchdowns, and he also recorded two rushing touchdowns and two kick return touchdowns.

Henderson is a game-breaking wideout with the elite speed to take the top off a defense. He also has the elusiveness and explosive burst to make plays out in space with the ball in his hands. Henderson can turn a bubble screen or swing pass into a big gain because of his ability to quickly change direction and make defenders miss in the open field.

While some will want to designate Henderson as strictly a slot receiver in the NFL, the former Bulldog’s game offers much more than that. He’s a tremendous boundary receiver because of his topflight speed and ability to release off the line and beat press.

Henderson does make some spectacular catches, but he also has several concentration drops. At times he turns upfield too quickly before securing the reception. Henderson could show more consistent hands.

However, despite this, Henderson has all the tools to be a very dynamic playmaker in the NFL.

Traits: 1. Athletic Ability (9/10)  2. Play Speed (9/10)  3. Play Strength (3/5)  4. Hands (7/10)  5. Release (4/5)  6. Route Running/Separation (9/10)  7. Downfield Ability (4.5/5)  8. YAC (10/10)  9. Impact/Production (8/10)  10. Contested Catches (6/10)  11. Ball Adjustment (8/10)  12. Size/Catch Radius (2/5)

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