According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Carolina Panthers will be meeting with running back Derrick Henry later this week. The Panthers will be one of three teams to meet with the former Heisman Trophy winner this week along with the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.
Original Article (Published 3/15)
The former running back for the University of Alabama is coming off a season where he not only won a national championship but also was the Heisman Trophy Winner. He also won the Walter Camp Award, Doak Walker Award, Maxwell Award and was an unanimous All-Pro selection.
He finished his final collegiate season, which was also his first as a starter, with 2,219 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns. The running back had his most impressive stretch during the College Playoffs when he carried the ball a combined 56 times for 233 yards and five touchdowns against Michigan State and Clemson.
General manager Dave Gettleman has always said that his approach to the NFL Draft is picking the best player available. The Panthers have addressed a number of needs by re-signing players along with the additions of Gino Gradkowski and Paul Soliai and are in an excellent position at this point in the offseason.
The addition of Henry may not appear to be a need but the Panthers would have their running back of the future and the potential replacement for Jonathan Stewart. He has the size and physicality to play the Panthers' power run game at 6'3" and 247 pounds. He has the body type to carry the ball 20 to 25 times a game and do it over four quarters.