Finding Broncos: Scouting Coastal Carolina Running Back De'Angelo Henderson

Next up for the “Finding Broncos” scouting reports is a smaller school prospect named De’Angelo Henderson.

De'Angelo Henderson, Running Back, Coastal Carolina

http://www.scout.com/player/135429-deangelo-henderson?s=101

Combine Measurements 

Height: 5-foot-7

Weight: 208 pounds

Arms: 29 inches

Hands: 9-½ inches

Combine Results

40-Yard Dash: 4.48*

Bench Press (225 lbs): 20 reps

Vertical Jump: 34 inches

Broad Jump: 120 inches

* denotes top perfromer

Stats

Year Rush Att Yards Rushing TD Receptions Yards Receiving TD
2013 82 599 6 4 39 0
2014 234 1,534 20 33 289 3
2015 222 1,346 16 40 403 3
2016 183 1,156 16 20 190 2

Medical History

Missed three games in 2016 due to shoulder injury.

Character

Clean

Pros

Outstanding burst and acceleration to get him back and beyond the line of scrimmage in a flash. More than willing to lower his shoulder into a tackler. Quick and decisive. One of the best prospects in space. Has enough strength in his compact frame to handle between the tackle duties. Good pass protection for his size and frame.

Makes defenders work for the tackle and doesn’t go down without a fight. Keeps his legs churning. Really good pass catcher and can line up in multiple spots on offense. Has a knack for finding the endzone. Big play ability whenever he touches the ball.

Plays bigger than he is. Outstanding vision and patience. Doesn’t have the issue most patient runners have of being too patient. Was clearly the best player on the field.

Cons

While he isn’t too patient, there are times Henderson isn’t patient enough. He will cut forward early and miss a hole that is just opening up. Can make defenders miss with his feet, but goes for the contact a little too often for comfort.

Even though he is a good pass protector for his size, there is room for improvement. Level of competition will be a negative, even though he was dominant.

Overview

Henderson reminds me a lot of those smaller gadget type backs that we have seen the Los Angeles Chargers use for years. The Darren Sproles, Branden Oliver, Danny Woodhead types, who are hard to plan for and can hurt a defense in a variety of ways.

For Henderson the scheme doesn’t matter. He has the ability to play in either. Teams will want to work with him on making tacklers miss, instead of just trying to power through as often as he does. That will get him hurt at the NFL level.

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Henderson plays bigger than his size, but can also make himself small in the hole. This allows him five or more yards before defenders realize where he is. His size will be a concern at the NFL level, but players like him have been used with great success. All teams have to do is look at them for how to use Henderson.

Fit With The Broncos

Mike McCoy loves these smaller backs that can help in many ways. He found Brandon Oliver, and put him to good use. Henderson is a very similar back in size and play style.

With Denver needing a weapon like this on offense, Henderson is a great prospect for the fifth round or so. He could be that dynamic weapon that brings explosiveness to a running back corps that is missing that component.

Draft Grade: Late 4th-Mid 5th round

Where He Goes: 5th round

Insider's Take: Per sources, if Henderson had played at a bigger school, you would be listening to first round talk for the kid. He has that talent, but will be written off because of the level of competition he faced at Coastal Carolina. With how valuable these smaller explosive backs are becoming in the NFL, I could see a team taking Henderson in the third round. 

Erick Trickel is the Senior Draft Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ErickTrickel.

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