Speedy Runner Visits Packers

This running back with sub-4.4 speed in the 40 rushed for 1,166 yards and caught 28 passes as senior. We tell you who he is in our latest Packer Report draft exclusive.

The names of the true speed machines in this draft class of running back are well-known. Clemson's C.J. Spiller. Cal's Jahvid Best. Southern Illinois' Deji Karim.

And they'd all be chasing Northern Arizona's Alex Henderson.

Henderson ran three 40-yard dashes faster than 4.4 seconds at his pro day last month, a source told Packer Report. One veteran NFL scout said Henderson's times were the second-fastest he had taken during his long career.

As tends to happen, word circulates quickly in the scouting world. The Packers were not at that pro day but they did bring Henderson to Green Bay for one of their allotted pre-draft visits, the source said. He's a possibility in the seventh round or as a priority free agent because he has the change-of-pace and pass-catching skills the Packers lack in Ryan Grant's backups, Brandon Jackson, Ahman Green and Kregg Lumpkin.

Henderson (5-foot-10, 205 pounds) ranks second in school history with 3,274 rushing yards, earning all-Big Sky honors three times. He was a first-team choice as a senior, when he rushed for 1,166 yards (4.6 average) and 12 touchdowns while adding 28 receptions for 315 yards (11.2 average) and two touchdowns. He missed the middle half of the 2008 season with a knee injury. In 2006, he trailed only Wisconsin's P.J. Hill and Southern Mississippi's Damion Fletcher among freshmen rushers, when Henderson piled up 1,014 yards and five scores.

Henderson's athletic ability runs in the family. His dad played college baseball, and a cousin, Michael Young, played for the NBA's Celtics and Clippers. Henderson's godfather is former San Francisco 49ers star running back Wendell Tyler.

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