Eddie Geroge is considered the best running back in the short history of the Tennessee Titans - with all due respect to Chris Johnson and his two-thousand yard season in two-tone blue- and when the team talks about improving their running game in 2016. a big, strong power back who can gain tough yards between the tackles is what they are looking for.
The two top backs in this years class, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott- ranked as the top back and only first round running back- and Alabama Heisman trophy winner Derrick Henry - projected as a second round pick- would both bring inside running ability and toughness to the Titans.
Elliott will likely go in the first round, and unless the Titans take him at number one, or in the top ten with a trade down, he will not be a Titans.
Henry however could well be an option in round two, as the Titans hold the 33rd pick, second in round two.
At 6'3 and 247 punds, Henry is bigger than George in weight, but he is a physical specimen and weight room warrior much like George. The fact that both are part of the Heisman fraternity makes comparisons inevitable.
Henry proved he is a superior athlete with his numbers at the combine on Friday, when he produced 22 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, along with 10'10" broad jump, 37" vertical and a 4.52 40 yard dash.
For the record Marcus Mariota ran a 4.52 in the 40 at last years combine.
The numbers Henry produced in 2015 are mind-blowing, as he carried the football 395 times for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns while winning the Heisman, Doak Walker and Walter Camp awards while leading Alabama to the SEC and National Championship. Not a bad season for anyone.
Henry also is the all-time leading rusher in the history of high school football in this country- over 12,000 yards at Yulee High School in Florida- where he was a man playing with boys.
He has been a workhorse and star at every level.
Henry does not come without negatives however.
Some people believe he is too big, and his 247 pound weight at the combine was up from the 238 he played at last season.
There are also concerns about the 395 carries last season, though that is not as big a concern when you look at his carrer at Alabama.
Yes he carried the football 395 times in 2015, but for his three-year career in Tuscaloosa, Henry had just 602 career rushes. An average of 200.6 carries per season. That number is not alarming at all over three season. where he registered 35 carries in 2013 and 172 in 2014.
There is also the thought that Henry is not a back that can create on his own when going laterally. He struggled at times in getting to the edge and is not as nimble and unable to make quick jump cuts to avoid tacklers.
He does however possess a devestating stiff-arm where he can keep much bigger defenders away from him. He is a one-cut and go type who has proven he is strong enough to take a pounding and can gain tough yards inside.
Henry is the type player that will make NFL coaches and general managers earn their money, and that will be the case for the Titans Jon Robinson and Mike Mularkey as they evaluate this running back.
The Titans will almost certainly add a running back, either in free-agency or the draft and it would not surprise anyone if Henry were to be that guy, but it would also not be a surprise if they went elsewhere as well.
It's going to be a fun next couple months as we wait for the draft and what the Titans will actually do.