CJ Henderson has reportedly been on trade for weeks – now the Jacksonville Jaguars have actually given up the cornerback: Henderson, the number 9 overall pick in the 2020 draft, has switched to the Carolina Panthers.
Just last year the Jaguars picked Henderson – an extremely athletic man corner – with the ninth pick of the first round, ahead of players like Tristan Wirfs, Jedrick Wills, Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Justin Jefferson.
It had been an open secret for weeks that things were not going smoothly between Henderson and the new Jaguars regime. The trade now underlines that the market for the former top 10 pick was manageable.
The jaguars get loud NFL-Network-Insider Ian Rapoport in return from the Panthers tight end Dan Arnold as well as Carolina’s third-round pick in the coming year. Jacksonville has to send a five-round pick to Carolina in addition to Henderson.
Panthers continue defensive philosophy
For Carolina, the trade makes sense in several ways: You gamble on a top 10 talent at a comparatively low price, and the Panthers have just lost their top 10 corner from this year’s draft, Jaycee Horn, due to an injury. The rookie season could already be over for Horn.
But also in perspective there is Carolina a potentially spectacular cornerback duo, which fits into the new philosophy of defense: The Panthers had played more man coverage this year and were much more aggressive defensively. Horn and Henderson were the two best cornerback prospects for such a defense in their respective drafts.
From a Jaguars point of view, the bottom line is that it’s a bitter top 10 misunderstanding. At least the Jags were already interested in Dan Arnold in the Free Agency, he will be the best receiving tight end on the team in Jacksonville straight away.