Is C.J. Henderson a First-Round Cornerback the Raiders Can Feel Good About?

The Raiders have plenty of roster needs entering the draft, but right now none of those needs seem more pressing than finding immediate starters at wide receiver and cornerback.

Everyone knows this year’s draft is loaded with wide receivers, but how many instant starters will be available to the Raiders at cornerback other than Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah (who figures to be long gone by pick 12)?

General manager Mike Mayock won’t be excited about the idea of reaching for a cornerback, but there might be a first-round option outside of Okudah that will make sense for the Raiders. Florida CB C.J. Henderson has been climbing draft boards (so to speak) of late and Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller believes Henderson might be a top-10 player in the draft. If the Raiders agree, Henderson is generally expected to be around when they pick at no. 12.

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Making scout calls this morning and I am very glad I didn’t move off CJ Henderson. He’ll go top 16 but I’ve heard from teams that have him higher than Jeff Okudah. Consensus Top 10 player.

NBC Sports’ Peter King says an ideal scenario for the Raiders would be to somehow leave the first round with a top wide receiver and top cornerback (like Henderson) and he believes the Raiders might be willing to work a trade to make it happen.

“Mike Mayock won’t be able to pass on Florida corner C.J. Henderson if he’s there (and I wouldn’t be surprised at a Raider tradeup for him), not after formerly Raider-bound Eli Apple failed his physical and the Raiders got outbid on Byron Jones,” King said in his Monday Football Morning in America column. “Of course, they could go Henderson at 12 and an excellent wideout at 19 too.”

Just a guess, but if Jon Gruden’s top wide receiver (Jeudy? Lamb? Ruggs?) is on the board at pick 12, don’t expect Henderson or any other defensive back to hear the Raiders call their name… at least not until pick 19.

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