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Cowboys selected Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods with the No. 191 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Woods (5’11/197) was a four-year starter, tallying 14 career interceptions and earning first-team All-Conference USA twice. Woods generated buzz at January’s East-West Shrine game, then showed above-par athleticism at the Combine with 51st-percentile SPARQ results, passable 4.54 speed, and an especially impressive 6.72 three-cone time. Woods is on the smaller side for an NFL safety and needs to improve his tackling efficiency, but he possesses big-league movement skills and field-flipping playmaking ability. He’s a sleeper to severely outperform his draft slot.
Apr 29 - 4:20 PM

49ers selected Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor with the No. 177 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Taylor (5’8/181) complemented Carlos Henderson at slot receiver in Louisiana Tech's passing game, leading the nation in receiving yards as a senior with a 136/1,803/12 (13.3 YPR) stat line and finishing his career with an absurd 327 receptions. Quicker than fast, Taylor’s agility showed up at the Combine in his three-cone (6.74) and short-shuttle (4.01) times. Taylor is a diminutive, slot-only prospect with tiny arms (28 ¼") and 4.63 speed, but he is sure handed with run-after-catch creativity and has a chance to become a Cole Beasley- or Danny Amendola-type player in the pros.
Apr 29 - 3:38 PM

Broncos selected Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson with the No. 82 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Henderson (5’11/199) turned pro following a breakout redshirt junior campaign, tallying an 82-1,535-19 (18.7 YPR) receiving line after failing to hit 800 yards in each of his first two seasons. Henderson returned kicks throughout college, scoring three times and finishing No. 2 in the nation with a 32.2-yard average in 2016. The top post-catch receiver in this year’s draft, PFF College charted Henderson with a nation-best 48 missed tackles forced last season. C-USA scouts told Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline that Henderson was "impossible to cover." With 4.46 jets and an explosive broad jump (10’11"), Henderson profiles as a dynamic slot-flanker with field-flipping special teams value.
Apr 28 - 10:28 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor to Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley.

"Beasley is a better athlete (faster straightaway speed and better jumper) but their playing styles are remarkably similar," notes the PFF analysis crew. "Both are the same size, and both play with a chip on their shoulder from being told they were too small." Taylor measured out at 5-foot-8, 181 pounds when he was in town for the NFL Scouting Combine last month. PFF might see a bit of Beasley in Taylor's game, but NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is dubious as to whether the Louisiana Tech's wideout's skill-set will translate to the NFL, writing in his scouting breakdown that "his size and lack of explosive punt return talent could make his path to an NFL roster challenging."
Apr 18 - 6:07 PM

Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods visited the Bucs on Monday, according to Josh Norris.

Woods will be drafted on the second day despite being projected to the third by many analysts. We love his combination of coverage skills and aggression when moving forward. He played all over the defensive backfield for the Bulldogs. Woods previously visited the Cowboys.
Apr 11 - 9:06 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that the Carolina Panthers are strongly considering selecting a speed receiver on Day 2.

Carlos Henderson would be an interesting option here. Pauline believes as much, slotting the 5-foot-11, 199-pounder to the Panthers in the second round of each of his last two mock drafts. Wrote the analyst, "I feel he’d be perfect in the Ted Ginn Jr. role." Adding fuel to this speculative fire, Carolina has both met with Henderson and put him through a private workout. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Henderson as the No. 3 wideout in this draft class.
Apr 6 - 8:45 PM

Louisiana Tech S Xavier Woods is visiting the Cowboys this week.

Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently suggested Woods could land with the Cowboys on day two. Woods is a hard hitter who was used in a variety of different alignments. The Cowboys are in need of a starting safety. Immediately.
Apr 4 - 9:12 AM

An NFC South regional scout believes Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson should have stayed in school.

"He plays with good route strength and speed and he has good hands," the scout said. "His return value should lock him into a team. I think he will come in as a fourth receiver, but he could have upped his draft value with another year at school." We disagree. Henderson (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) combines speed and power on the outside to routinely wrack up yards after the catch. Henderson ranks as Josh Norris' No. 3 receiver in the class. As for NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, he compares Henderson to Quinton Patton. "Henderson excels on catch-and-go throws and nine routes. He lacks the route running to come in and be an effective threat right away, but his kick return ability could get him early work," Zierlein wrote. We disagree with the route running bit. We see a receiver who was able to win along most every branch of the route tree in college.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 28 - 1:14 PM

A former Big 12 coach scoffed at the notion that Louisiana Tech WR Trent Taylor was somewhat comparable to former New England Patriots WR Wes Welker.

"I had a scout tell me he was just like Wes Welker which is crazy. Welker had a ton of punt return touchdowns (eight) and he was a lot stockier than Taylor. Taylor's a nice player from what I've seen but he's not in Wes' category," said the former coach. Taylor logged a hearty 136-1803-12 receiving line during the 2016 campaign and while he may not be Wes Welker, he could draw interest in the later rounds of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 26 - 3:58 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson to Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin.

"While Henderson (5-foot-11, 199 pounds) is bigger than Austin (5-foot-9, 174 pounds), they are similar as players who are best with the ball in their hands while lacking polish as pure receivers," notes the PFF analysis team. They go on to explain that "like Austin, he’s limited as an outside receiving threat due to his small catch radius is ineffectiveness in contested situations." He has met with the 49ers, Cardinals and Saints of late. Following a hot Combine, Henderson has upward mobility toward early on Day 2.
Mar 25 - 2:07 PM

Sources on hand at Louisiana Tech's pro day workout said QB Ryan Higgins "could spin it."

"Higgins was a surprise winner today," wrote Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. Higgins was the backup to 49ers' sixth-rounder Jeff Driskel in 2015 before a breakout this past season (4,617 yards with a 41/8 TD/INT ratio). "While it’s unlikely Higgins is selected in the draft he is expected to sign a deal after the draft," Pauline wrote.
Mar 22 - 3:29 PM

Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson met with the San Francisco 49ers, Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints earlier this week.

Among others, those three clubs were in town for Henderson's pro day workout. That session was run by Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. Henderson opted to stand on his NFL Combine testing numbers, which wasn't a surprise after he lit up that event. Henderson's height-weight-speed numbers were comparable to Odell Beckham's.
Mar 22 - 1:38 PM

Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson's workout numbers "wowed scouts," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

At 5-foot-11, 199 pounds, Henderson ran 4.46 second forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine. He showed explosion with a 10-foot-11 broad jump and a 36-inch vertical. "He isn't a true No. 1 outside receiver, but he can help a team from the slot or outside and in the return game," Kiper wrote. "Henderson's versatility will help him, and his workout numbers wowed scouts, but he's still a boom-or-bust guy -- he had only one season of high-end play. Henderson is a solid Day 2 pick." Henderson checks in as Kiper's No. 9 WR. We're far higher on him. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Henderson as the No. 3 WR in the class.
Source: ESPN
Mar 8 - 3:40 PM

Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson ran 4.46 second forty-yard dash at the NFL Combine.

His 10-foot-11 broad jump really impressed, while the 36-inch vertical was strong as well. You aren't surprised by Henderson's twitched-up trunks if you've seen his tape. He's a run-after-the-catch nightmare on defensive backs, combining speed and power. Rotoworld's Josh Norris ranks Henderson as the No. 3 receiver in the class. He's going to be a strong slot receiver from Day 1, but we think he has the game to hang on the outside too. As NFL Research noted on Twitter, Henderson's height-weight-speed combination is eerily similar to Odell Beckham's.
Mar 4 - 4:17 PM

Louisiana Tech WR Carlos Henderson was gifted the Matt Harmon seal of approval, claiming the pass catcher is his favorite receiver in the 2017 NFL Draft.

"When viewed in totality, Carlos Henderson’s Reception Perception results speak to a player with perhaps more upside than any other receiver outside the top two," Harmon writes. Henderson's success against coverage was above average on nearly every route in the tree, which shows versatility. Harmon absolutely loves Henderson's yards after catch skills as well. Henderson ranks as Josh Norris' No. 3 receiver in the class thanks to his big play ability.
Feb 27 - 11:27 AM


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