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How third-round pick Carlos Henderson fits on the Broncos

Posted Apr 28, 2017

The speedy wide receiver and kick returner can bring an instant boost to Denver.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Everybody on the Broncos – from John Elway to Vance Joseph to Chris Harris Jr. to Aqib Talib – wanted more juice.

After a 2016 season that lacked explosive plays on the offensive side of the ball, the team was searching for a player that could change a game in a flash.

The Broncos got that in Carlos Henderson.

The Louisiana Tech product wasn’t the top-ranked wideout on the board, but his selection represents great value at the 82nd-overall pick.

The 2016 Conference USA Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year instantly brings a spark to Denver’s offense. He finished fourth in FBS with 23 total touchdowns and was a threat as a kick returner. That’s exactly what the doctor would order for the Broncos. 

"I can play outside and I can play inside," Henderson said Friday in a conference call with Denver media. "It’s just wherever the team defends. Wherever they’re going to put me at, I’m going to work on that spot 100 percent.”

According to NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein, Henderson has impressive hip control, keeps his speed during change of direction, has get-away speed and possesses a strong arsenal of double moves. His sure-handedness is yet another solid quality for the 5-foot-11, 199-pounder.

And though he’ll face far better competition in the NFL than he did in C-USA, he showed the ability to break tackles.

Oh, and he can score. Last season against UMass, he recorded 326 yards and five touchdowns.

“I was born to play this game," Henderson said. "I was just born to play this game of football. I’m just looking forward to for the chance with the Broncos to get to another Super Bowl and I’m excited and happy to be a Bronco. I’m just excited right now.”

While Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the top wide receivers on the roster, Henderson has a chance to fight his way into that third spot at an early point in time.

From a special teams perspective, he’ll contribute even sooner.

After months and months of talk about explosiveness on offense, the Broncos got what they needed.