9. Jacksonville Jaguars – Original Pick: CJ Henderson
CJ Henderson was the clear #1 Cornerback coming into this draft. Out of the University of Florida, Henderson’s size and athleticism were viewed as one-of-a-kind. The Jaguars has obvious needs in the secondary and when Henderson was still on the board at #9, it was a no-brainer for Jacksonville.
Henderson’s rookie year wasn’t excellent statistically as he allowed an opposing passer rating of 110.2. In fairness to Henderson, cornerback is the hardest position to adjust to when making the transition from college to the NFL. Despite the sub-par stats, Henderson left an extremely positive impression on the coaching staff and they are very excited about his future.
New Pick: Jeremy Chinn
Although the Jags seem pleased with Henderson, they cannot pass on Jeremy Chinn in a re-draft. Chinn plays safety, not cornerback, but the Jags have too many needs to get picky. Chinn, who was taken in round 2, was absolutely dominant in the secondary for Carolina.
Chinn registered 117 total tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two defensive touchdowns, a sack and five passes defended. He is the type of defender who will haunt opposing teams for years and years to come.