Alabama Coach Nick Saban said that Derrick Henry had done all he could do at Alabama insofar as preparing himself for the NFL draft, and so the 6-3, 247-pound tailback made himself eligible for the pros following a junior season in which he won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s best player.
Henry was taken in the second round of the NFL draft by the Tennessee Titans. He was the 45th overall selection.
No one can find a minus in Derrick Henry. Although he led the Tide in rushing in both 2014 as a back-up to T.J. Yeldon and in his one year as the Bama starter at tailback, in which he erased Southeastern Conference records set by the likes of Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, and Tim Tebow.
As a senior he was an iron man. He rushed 395 times for 2,219 yards (5.6 yards per carry) with 28 touchdowns. He averaged 147.9 yards per game for the 2015 national championship team and was the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He was also winner of the Maxwell Award, which is national player of the year, and Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back. He was, of course, a unanimous All-America.
OUR PRE-DRAFT PREDICTION:
Second Round, No. 40 to New York Giants
CollegeFootballNews.com ranks Henry the second best running back and projected him as a first-round pick in the draft behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott.
CollegeFootballNews.com had this to say about Henry:
“Good value late in the first round, sensational in the second. Considering his running style, he might have the shelf life of bowl of Wheaties with the milk already poured in, but for a short burst he should be among the most devastating runners in the game. Gigantic, he’s like a defensive lineman carrying the ball with the bulk and blast to destroy tacklers, and he can cut and move just enough to not have to run over everything in his path.
He’s going to take way too many hits and he’s going to always have various dings and bumps, but if he’s a part of a rotation he should be outstanding. Here’s the nice part about today’s NFL – Henry won’t have to carry the ball 30 times a game. Give it to him 15-20 as the thunder part of a tandem, and he’ll be fantastic.”