Jaguars Top 10 Draft Picks: John Henderson

In the 2002 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected "the other" defensive tackle from the University of Tennessee. His college teammate Albert Haynesworth was selected a few picks later, and was seen as the better prospect of the two. There was concern with Henderson pre-draft that he'd have chronic back problems, but those never seemed to surface

From his rookie season in 2002 all the way until the 2009 season, Henderson was a stalwart on the Jaguars defensive line. Next to Marcus Stroud, Henderson was part of one of the most dominant interior defensive lines in football for about a 5-year period. Right out of the gate, Henderson burst on the scene with 6.5 sacks from his defensive tackle position. Though Henderson only made Pro-Bowl twice (both as alternates), he was easily one of the best defensive tackles in the game during his peak. Henderson was released after the 2009 season when the Jaguars drafted two defensive tackles in the 2010 NFL draft. He later signed with the Oakland Raiders. Henderson only played 9 games with the Raiders, starting two, he filled in nicely as a rotational defensive lineman.


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