The Arizona Cardinals have yet to add much depth to their receiving corps in free agency this offseason, which could mean the franchise is targeting the draft for potential difference-makers.
One receiver the Cardinals reportedly took a long look at Tuesday is Louisiana Tech wideout Carlos Henderson, who was one of college football's most productive receivers in 2016 after posting 82 catches for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Tony Pauline of Draftanalyst.com reported that the Cardinals, 49ers and Saints were among three teams who met with Henderson Monday evening ahead of his scheduled Pro Day at Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
Henderson stands 5-foot-11 and checks in at 191 pounds and is considered a middle-to-late round slot receiver prospect after earning Conference USA's Offensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year awards last season.
Under head coach Bruce Arians, the Cardinals have always shown interest in faster athletes at the receiver position, and Henderson clocked in with a 4.46-second time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Henderson also performed well in the vertical jump (36.0 inches) and the broad jump (131.0 inches) which demonstrates his impressive explosiveness.
In recent years, the Cardinals have shown a strong track record of finding playmakers at receiver in the middle-to-late rounds of the draft, as both John Brown and J.J. Nelson were non-Power Five conference prospects the Cardinals took chances on.
Though Henderson isn't projected as a top of the rotation receiver candidate, Arizona may have additional interest in him as a prospect because of what he brings to the table from a special teams standpoint. As a junior, Henderson returned two kickoffs for touchdowns despite missing two games with an ankle injury, and the Cardinals could certainly use help in the return department.
While Henderson's numbers weren't as impressive his freshman and sophomore seasons with the Bulldogs, he did display a penchant for big plays, as evidenced by the 21.5 yards per reception stat he put up during his sophomore campaign.
Though Henderson did not participate in testing at his Pro Day, the Cardinals reportedly did have a chance to evaluate his receiving skills as he did partake in individual drills. According to Pauline, Detroit Lions' offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter ran the Bulldogs' workout.