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#GatorMade: CJ Henderson Drafted by Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 9 Overall

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Cornerback CJ Henderson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars tonight in the 2020 NFL Draft. He was the Jags’ first pick tonight, and was selected 9th overall. The Jaguars moved on from former cornerback Jalen Ramsey, so it’s no surprise they were in the market for a strong replacement.

Henderson’s strong suit is coverage ability – he intervened in 11 passes in the 2019 season, making him No. 4 in the SEC for passes defended. He’s the kind of guy who can match up with the best wide receivers out there, as he proved in the Gators’ last matchup against LSU. And 2019 wasn’t his only strong year – he was No. 1 in the SEC and No. 2 in the country in interceptions returned for touchdowns in 2017, as well as No. 3 in the SEC for interceptions that same year. He’s quick on his feet and plays smart – never takes his eye off his guy.

The Jags have a history with Gator players, drawing from the Florida talent pool in three of the last five drafts, prior to Thursday: linebacker Dante Fowler in their first-round pick (No. 3 overall) in 2015, defensive tackle Taven Bryan (No. 29 overall) in 2018, and offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor (No. 35 overall) in 2019.

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