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Meet The Prospect: Derrick Henry


In his only year as the full-time starter, Alabama's Derrick Henry set the SEC record for rushing yards in a single season with 2,219 and led the nation with 28 rushing touchdowns on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy and helping guide the Crimson Tide to a National Championship.

Henry is a punisher not afraid to bowl over would-be defenders with his 6-2, 247-pound frame. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry in his Heisman campaign. As a true sophomore in 2015, Henry split the carries with T.J. Yeldon and had 990 yards and 11 touchdowns despite just 172 attempts.

Prior to arriving in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Henry was the Maxwell Club's National High School Player of the Year after setting the national high school record for career rushing yards with 12,124 while adding 153 touchdowns.

He does have a 61-yard touchdown reception on his résumé, but caught just 17 passes in his three seasons at Alabama.

Projected to be a late-first or early-second round selection, Henry will be the fifth Alabama running back to be selected in the first two rounds of the draft dating back to 2011.

Scouting Report From

Bell-cow running back with an ability to strap on feedbag and eat for four quarters. Henry's long legs and angular running style is a much better fit for downhill running teams who value lead backs and physicality. Henry needs early running room as he's not a creator in the backfield, but once he gets up a full head of steam, he is a nightmare with his ability to punish on the second and third level or take it to the house. Henry should come in and provide immediate production as a starter. - Lance Zierlein, who compared Henry to former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs

What He Said

"It's how the game has evolved and you've got to take it for what it's worth. You've got to make the teams want to draft you. So that's all upon you and how you perform." – Derrick Henry on possibly not being a first-round pick despite winning the Heisman

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