Round Five – 178th Overall (Compensatory)
Carlos Henderson, WR, Louisiana Tech (5-foot-11, 199 pounds)
At this point in the draft, you start looking for players who may be projects in the long term but also have traits that would translate to them being special teams contributors right out of the gate.
In Carlos Henderson, Miami gets a player who was a kick return ace and someone who will be out to prove that his game is bigger than what the “small school” stigma tries to dictate.
Henderson was named Conference USA’s Offensive (82 receptions for 1,535 yards; 14 carries for 133 yards) and Special Teams (25 kickoff returns for 805 yards) Player of the Year in 2016. He also ranked fourth in the FBS with 23 total touchdowns (19 receiving, two rush, two kickoff returns), although he missed two games with an ankle injury.
Miami only has six receivers on its roster going into the draft and Henderson is a player that provides immediate value on special teams while also being a player who has plenty of room to eventually grow into a key contributor in the passing game.