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Derrick Henry | Running Back

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Age / DOB:  (22) / 7/17/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 247

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Titans selected Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the No. 45 overall pick in the 2016 Draft.
Henry earned the Heisman Trophy for the 2015 national champs, finishing his three-year career with a rushing line of 603-3,591-42 (5.96 YPC). Drawing comparisons ranging from Brandon Jacobs to Christian Okoye to Curtis Enis, Henry has immense running talent but a limited passing-game resume (17 career catches) and a lumbering style near the line of scrimmage that renders him blocking dependent. Henry is an incredible athlete for his size, running 4.54 in Indy with an absurd 10-foot-10 broad jump and 37-inch vertical. Henry also excelled as a pass blocker in Alabama's pro-style offense, routinely swallowing edge rushers. Apr 29 - 8:26 PM

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An NFL scout said Alabama RB Derrick Henry "is Eddie George" but added that the "dilemma will be, can he play in today's spread?"

As quoted by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the scout called Henry's running style "leggy." "In the NFL he will have to get his pad level down," a different scout said. "He runs too high." Not everyone is concerned. "If he gets going north-south you better bring it, because he's going to get yards after contact," a third scout said. "If it's muddy in Green Bay and it's the championship game and you've got to control the clock, I want Derrick Henry in my backfield." A fourth chimed in: "Doesn't have all the things you want but he's a 4.5 big guy who has some jump cut, some movement. He's a bitch on the perimeter. It takes him a minute to get rolling. You can get him early inside. But if he gets to the second level he's a man. And he proved he could catch in the workout."
Apr 26 - 7:53 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with ESPN's Matt Bowen referred to Alabama RB Derrick Henry as a clone of Eddie George.

"[Henry] punishes you. He's just going to wear your ass down. He is an Eddie George clone, and he has enough vision to find daylight in the pro game," the scout said. We have also seen comps to Eddie Lacy and Marion Butts over the course of the process. One evaluator, though, told NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones at the time of the NFL Scouting Combine that there is no true comparable for the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry. He is a missile once he hits the second level, but it remains to be seen whether he has the wiggle to be a true workhorse back in the NFL. Even if he can't quite carry the entire load, he should provide a fantasy goldmine for touchdowns.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 21 - 3:48 PM

ESPN's Merril Hoge said Alabama RB Derrick Henry lacks spontaneous agility to succeed in every scheme in the NFL.

"Spontaneous agility" was basically defined as quickness or lateral agility to avoid low tackles. This sounds like a very critical statement, but let's dissect it a bit. One, most NFL players, even many first round picks, are team and scheme dependent. Two, we know Henry struggles when the offensive line allows instant disruption; many running backs do. Three, Henry can be a major asset to a roster when allowed to get to the second level, and is better in that area than a large number of prospects at the position.
Apr 13 - 9:04 AM

NFL Draft Scout's Frank Cooney noted that Alabama RB Derrick Henry "must be drafted by an NFL team willing to feature him in a similar manner [as the Crimson Tide]."

"Protect Henry with a powerful offensive line," Cooney wrote, "and allow him to gash defenses 20-25 times a game and he could live up to expectations." The analyst does not believe that Henry will find true NFL success if he is not used as a feature back, as he thinks limited carries would expose Henry's lack of overt agility. Per the analyst, "[Henry] is big and fast, but so is everybody in the NFL. Henry's decent quickness, good speed and so-so elusiveness are not necessarily a predictor of success in pro football." Among the teams that have shown interest in Henry, the Panthers, Cowboys and Seahawks. All three of those clubs already have starting running backs in the fold (Jonathan Stewart, Alfred Morris and Thomas Rawls, respectively).
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 9 - 6:11 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Alabama RB Derrick Henry's "performance as a pass-catcher during his [Pro Day] workout helped his draft stock."

Henry caught just 11 passes last season and logged a total of 17 catches for his collegiate career with the Tide. Enter Pro Day, when the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Heisman winner "ran routes, caught the ball smoothly and even lined up out wide as a wide receiver," according to Brugler. With so few catches during his time at Alabama, it is difficult to say outright that he "proved" he can be a catch-weapon out of backfield during his Pro Day workout, but it's one of those little things that could cement a second-round pick for Henry.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 8:12 PM

An NFC RB coach indicated that he does not see Alabama RB Derrick Henry as a player worth drafting in the first round.

"I can't see him in the first round because he's just a banger type and those guys don't go in the first," the coach said. He does like Henry as a player, though, comparing his naturally physical style of play to that of Marion Butts. If you're having trouble placing Butts as a human being in this world, he was selected by the Chargers in the seventh round of the 1989 draft. "[Henry] will move the chains and score touchdowns," the coach concluded. NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein finds the Butts comp interesting, but he doesn't even think that's an apt one, citing Henry as having "one of the most unique body types we've seen at the running back position."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 9:46 PM

Alabama RB Derrick Henry indicated in an interview with NFL.com's Brooke Cersosimo that he does not keep his weight on well.

Hard to believe given that Henry tips the scales at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, but he said, "I can't keep no weight on. I try to eat as much as I can to maintain the weight. [I usually eat] grilled chicken, broccoli, steak, mashed potatoes, just stuff like that." Fun dietary facts, there. Regardless of his meal habits, Henry is a strong contender to be the second running back drafted come late April's football Christmas. Of late, he has met with the Panthers, Cowboys and Seahawks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 9:49 PM

Alabama RB Derrick Henry said, "I've had meetings with the Panthers, Cowboys and Seahawks."

Henry expressed his affinity for the running style of recently retired Seahawks back Marshawn Lynch, saying, "Everybody has their own unique style, but guys I like on video are Adrian [Peterson] and Marshawn [Lynch]." One roadblock to a potential Henry-to-Seattle draft marriage is that the Seahawks don't have a need at the position, even despite Lynch's retirement. Thomas Rawls more than held his own last season, though theoretically the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Henry could come in as the thunder to Rawls' lightning.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 12:44 PM

Pro Football Focus analyst John Breitenbach wrote that Alabama RB Derrick Henry is "one-dimensional, but he performs that dimension exceptionally well."

"Few power backs are capable of breaking as many tackles as Henry accomplished. He tallied 76 over the course of 2015," Breitenbach noted, "adding 3.4 yards after contact and 28 touchdowns. In some ways, however, those numbers work against him because they came on 396 carries." The analyst points to the horrendous history of heavy-workload backs in the year following their big haul. This is something of a shadow story for the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder. His positives and negatives as a player are already well-chronicled, but nobody (not even Henry himself) knows how he will respond to the mileage in 2016.
Mar 25 - 8:39 PM

Alabama RB Derrick Henry told Tom Pelissero he has visits scheduled with the Panthers and Cowboys.

Henry could thrive behind both of these offensive lines. If we were to play matchmaker, there is no way Henry is selected at No. 4 by the Cowboys, but a No. 30 selection by the Panthers is possible, along with an early second round pick by the Cowboys. Henry, like many backs, can go down if hit low behind the line of scrimmage. However, when allowed to get to the line of scrimmage or second level, Henry can be a freight train with great speed and an ability to fall forward on final contact for a few extra yards.
Mar 16 - 8:34 AM

NFL Media's Mike Mayock said at Alabama's pro day on Tuesday that he thinks RB Derrick Henry is a second-rounder.

"I think Derrick Henry is a second-round pick, but only because of the devaluation of the RB position," he said. We'd tend to agree. Henry would sure like nice with a star on his helmet if the Cowboys are inclined to pull the trigger at the top of the second stanza.
Mar 9 - 5:01 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sees Alabama RB Derrick Henry as comparable to Packers RB Eddie Lacy.

"[Henry's] the workhorse," the scout said, while another told the Journal-Sentinel that the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder's a "great kid," adding, "Great production. Strong runner. Had a lot of wear and tear. Upright style of running." As to that "wear and tear" the scout alludes to, perhaps the biggest question facing Henry--one that no team can answer in workouts or interviews--is just how much tread was run off the tire by Saban and Kiffin at Alabama. Henry received 395 carries last season. That concern aside, though, his stock's on the rise after a nice combine showing and he should be considered a strong possibility for the second round, with a legitimate chance at cracking the back half of Day 1 depending on how the first round unfolds.
Mar 6 - 1:19 PM

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. noted that Alabama RB Derrick Henry "looks like a safer bet for Round 2 than [he] did coming in [to the NFL Scouting Combine]."

"Henry showed his long speed with a 4.54 40 at 247 pounds, which reads like a 4.2-type number for a guy 40 pounds lighter," Kiper wrote. "The question is whether he can make you miss before he gets to that speed." The 6-foot-3 battering ram of a back also showed off his leaping ability with a 10-foot-10 broad jump and 37-inch vertical. While analysts and teams will continue to question his ability to dance laterally, perhaps the most impressive compliment handed out to Henry over the combine week came when an evaluator told NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones that he could not think of an NFL comp for the Heisman winner. "[Y]ou really don't see anyone catching him from behind," the analyst said.
Mar 5 - 5:27 PM

An evaluator indicated to NFL Media reporter Kimberly Jones that he could not think of an accurate NFL comparison for Alabama RB Derrick Henry.

Brandon Jacobs is the most common comparison you're likely to hear for Henry come draft day, but this particular evaluator's not tossing the easy comp out there. "To be that big and have such good feet [is rare]," he told Jones, "And when you watch the tape, you really don't see anyone catching him from behind." He's not the only one who came away from the combine super-impressed with the 6-foot-3, 247-pound Heisman winner, as FOX Sports' Peter Schrager wrote that Henry "blew everyone away" in Indianapolis due to his 4.54-second sprint in the 40-yard dash as well as phenomenal leaps horizontally (10-foot-10) and vertically (37 inches). His three-cone drill time of 7.20 seconds was less impressive, but nobody should be surprised that his lateral quickness failed to measure up. NFL Media's Charles Davis projected Henry to the Seahawks at pick No. 26 in his most recent mock draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 8:41 PM