Raiders 7-Round Mock Draft: Las Vegas adds two Oklahoma superstars

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Round 1, 19th Overall: C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

This would be a dream come true for Raider Nation. C.J. Henderson is widely considered to be second only to Jeff Okudah on the list of top cornerbacks. Most mock drafts have him being selected in the 15-20 range.

Henderson would be a major boost to another of the Raiders’ biggest needs. He has the potential to develop into a No. 1 corner with play-making abilities. His 6-foot-2, 202-pound body will allow him to contend with any receiver. He also has long arms that will aid him his coverage.

Playing against SEC athletes at Florida also helped Henderson develop above-average ball skills. He has the body type and fluidity of a wide receiver when the ball is in the air.

Not only does he project as a good coverage corner, but he should also be consistent at forcing turnovers throughout his NFL career.

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The major question with this selection has nothing to do with Henderson as a football player. He would be a great talent and fit in silver and black. The question pertains to his availability at pick No. 19.

Perhaps the Raiders would consider moving up to increase their chances. Perhaps cornerback needy teams like Atlanta and Dallas choose to go in other directions.

It’s a bit of a gamble, but I feel reasonable projecting Henderson to Las Vegas as a steal at pick No. 19.

Note: If Henderson is taken before the Raiders go on the clock, Alabama safety Xavier McKinney should be the primary backup plan. While a cornerback would better fit the team’s needs, there is a lack of consensus about the third-ranked prospect at that position. McKinney would provide a legitimate first-round talent to a subpar secondary in Vegas.

Honorable Mention: Xavier McKinney, Kenneth Murray