Derrick Henry-RB-Alabama (Jr.)
Size: 6’2 242lbs

Derrick Henry with the stiff arm. (USA Today Sports)
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Rushing Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD
*2013 Alabama SEC FR RB 10 35 382 10.9 3 1 61 61.0 1
*2014 Alabama SEC SO RB 14 172 990 5.8 11 5 133 26.6 2
2015 Alabama SEC JR RB 15 395 2219 5.6 28 11 91 8.3 0
Career Alabama 602 3591 6.0 42 17 285 16.8 3

Strengths:

  • Size
  • Powerful
  • Great Vision
  • Patient runner
  • Good ball security

Analysis: Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner put together a season for the ages, rushing for over 2,200 yards with 28 TD’s. Those types of numbers will earn him much draft consideration. Henry is a bruising back, who can break through arm tackles with ease. His vision and patience allow him to wait for holes to open up, before he plows through the line. He only fumbled four times this season at Alabama, which is impressive considering his 400+ touches. He possesses solid speed when running downhill.

Weaknesses:

  • Zero lateral quickness
  • Top-heavy
  • Break-away speed
  • Wear and tear
  • Doesn’t fit many offensive schemes

Analysis: Watching tape on Henry, I did not see an NFL caliber back who will have a lengthy professional career. Henry lacks the break-away speed necessary to beat defenders to the next level. The Alabama offensive line deserves as much credit as Henry does for winning the Heisman Trophy (example: Henry’s 59-yard TD run against Clemson in the National Championship, he was untouched with a running lane the size of Texas). Moving east to west is a serious issue for Henry, as he lacks the lateral quickness to bounce runs to the outside or away from the dedicated hole. Once initially stopped in the backfield, Henry will have major issues at the next level finding holes to run through. With his 400+ touch workload this season at Alabama, some scouts are wary of how much he will be able to handle at the next level, and it is justified. Backs with a history of 350+ touches in one season, fail to reproduce that type of production again. Derrick Henry will not fit many offensive systems that employ a zone blocking scheme, as his ability to run side-to-side, plant, and fire through the hole will come into question with defensive lineman catching the back in the backfield. He will need to be in a pro-style offense that utilizes a power running system, strictly a downhill runner. I do not see Derrick Henry being more than a Brandon Jacobs-type goal-line back. If he wants a lengthy NFL career, he will need to carve out a niche as a goal-line back and become solid in pass-protection (something he was asked to do much at Bama’).

Draft Prediction: Round 2-3 (BUST ALERT)

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