2020 NFL Combine results, schedule: Florida’s C.J. Henderson impresses with performance

By Adam Silverstein
March 2, 2020
2020 NFL Combine results, schedule: Florida’s C.J. Henderson impresses with performance
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Eight former Florida Gators were invited to participate in the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which wraps up on Monday. The event consisted of more than 300 players being put through a series of drills, tests and interviews while more than 600 NFL personnel in attendance (coaching staffs, executives, player personnel and medical staffs) evaluate each of them. It amounts to a major job interview for these athletes ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, which is set for April 23-25.

Florida had the fourth-most players invited among its SEC peers with eight behind LSU (16), Alabama (10) and Auburn (9). Though some Gators have been there for a couple days, testing results truly began to come in Thursday.

Let’s take a look at where everyone stands with the combine in the books.

Cornerback C.J. Henderson* (DB15)
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 204 lbs.
Arm length: 31 5/8″ | Hand size: 9″

40-yard dash: 4.39 seconds (T2nd)
Bench press: 20 reps of 225 lbs. (T5th)
Vertical jump: 37.5″ (T5th) | Broad jump: 127.0″ (T9th)
3 cone drill: DNP | 20-yard shuttle: DNP

Analysis: Already a consensus Day 1 pick, Henderson only improved his stock at the combine, impressing scouts with his tremendous athleticism that ranked among the top players at his position in every category. Henderson’s athleticism, agility and smooth coverage gives him CB1 potential in the NFL, and his ability to assist in run-stopping efforts only helps him further. Henderson does not often get beat on routes, but when he does, he usually recovers nicely. With proven downfield speed along with fluid hips and prototypical size, Henderson may be among the top 15 players selected. He will need to improve his balance while mirroring wide receivers and open-field tackling.

DL Jonathan Greenard (DL28)
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 263 lbs.
Arm length: 34 7/8″ | Hand size: 9 1/4″

40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps of 225 lbs.
Vertical jump: 30.5″ | Broad jump: 113.0″
3 cone drill: 7.13 seconds (2nd) | 20-yard shuttle: 4.34 seconds (3rd)

Analysis: Greenard tested well in his speed and agility, which is no surprise considering his athleticism is a huge plus in this draft process. With tremendous rushing ability, a hard-working attitude and a reactive nature, Greenard is the exact type of edge defender that NFL teams are looking to acquire. He is quick off the snap and bends well at corners. He’s tough and instinctive with great footwork and agility. Greenard’s wrist injury from 2018 may give some teams pause, but as long as he checks out OK, it’s just a minor bump. More pressing concerns are occasional burst issues, though he played significant downs in college.

Defensive lineman Jabari Zuniga (DL46)
Height: 6’3” | Weight: 264 lbs.
Arm length: 32 7/8″ | Hand size: 10 3/8″

40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds (2nd)
Bench press: 29 reps of 225 lbs. (T5th)
Vertical jump: 33.0″ (T6th) | Broad jump: 127.0″ (1st)
3 cone drill: DNP | 20-yard shuttle: DNP

Analysis: Zuniga had himself a day at the combine, showcasing the athleticism that allowed him to flash throughout his time at Florida. His explosiveness was on full display with the Gators, but he lacked consistency and constant injury issues kept him off the field in 2019. It will be key for Zuniga to exploit mismatches at the next level, using his long, strong frame and athletic body to get the better of offensive linemen and blockers. Either that or his lacking lower body structure will get overwhelmed by those same players.

Running back La’Mical Perine (RB22)
Height: 5’11” | Weight: 216 lbs.
Arm length: 31 5/8″ | Hand size: 10 1/4″

40-yard dash: 4.62 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps of 225 lbs. (8th)
Vertical jump: 35.0″ | Broad jump: 118.0″
3 cone drill: 7.13 seconds (7th) | 20-yard shuttle: 4.31 seconds (10th)

Analysis: Though Perine may not stand out as a starting running back in the NFL, he is dependable and consistent when carrying the ball. Perine has good burst hitting the initial hole, but he’s does not have breakaway speed in the open field and is better when he can hit the edge and take off. This may relegate him to backup duties, but he’s still a worthy draft choice above many running backs in this class as he boasts great size, physicality and overall character.

Punter Tommy Townsend (PK07)
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 191 lbs.
Arm length: 32 1/8″ | Hand size: 9 1/8″

40-yard dash: 4.75 seconds (2nd of 5)

Analysis: Townsend was a quality punter in college, but considering his more-talented brother is a free agent who was not on a full-time roster in 2019, many wonder whether he will make an NFL team out of training camp. It is unlikely that Townsend will be drafted,. Despite his strong hang time and good leg action, his smaller frame leaves teams concerned about durability. The 2019 season was a step back for him as well, which certainly does not help his case.

Wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (WO09)
Height: 6’2” | Weight: 209 lbs.
Arm length: 32 7/8″ | Hand size: 9 1/8″

40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds (T13)
Bench press: 13 reps of 225 lbs.
Vertical jump: 39.5″ (6th) | Broad jump: 126.0″ (T10)
3 cone drill: DNP | 20-yard shuttle: DNP

Analysis: Cleveland put up good numbers at the combine, consistently testing among the top-third of available wideouts. His college career did not live up to expectations from a production standpoint, but his size, reliable hands and speed should give him an opportunity in the NFL. Draft evaluators will look at how Cleveland utilizes his length and strength to create separation and whether he can set himself apart athletically as a potential gunner on special teams.

Wide receiver Van Jefferson (WO27)
Height: 6’1” | Weight: 200 lbs.
Arm length: 32 3/4″ | Hand size: 9 1/8″

Analysis: Jefferson was unable to compete in the combine drills as planned after doctors uncovered that he has a Jones fracture in his right foot. He will have surgery next week in Green Bay and be sidelined 6-8 weeks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. This is unfortunate for Jefferson, who was hoping to raise his stock at the combine and Florida’ Pro Day next month. He is projected to be a Day 2 selection regardless of the fracture, but surely coming off a foot injury will somewhat hurt his draft stock.

The evaluation on Jefferson is that his versatility, competitiveness and aggressiveness make him an attractive prospect who should be able to play right away as a WR3/WR4 coming out of the draft. Coaches will look to develop him more as a vertical threat, but Jefferson’s sure hands, strong frame, agility and release against the press should all benefit him at the next level.

Wide receiver Freddie Swain (WO51)
Height: 6’0” | Weight: 197 lbs.
Arm length: 30 5/8″ | Hand size: 9″

40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds (T13)
Bench press: 16 reps of 225 lbs. (T12)
Vertical jump: 36.5″ | Broad jump: 124.0″
3 cone drill: 7.05 seconds (5th) | 20-yard shuttle: 4.26 seconds (6th)

Analysis: Swain is a Day 3 draft candidate who is looking to impress scouts with his combination of size and speed. His reliable hands and ability to seemingly always be open are attractive qualities, and he could absolutely find an opportunity right out of the gate as a special teamer and returner. One notable negative for Swain is that he catches with his body, not his arms, and he occasionally lacked physicality one-on-one.

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