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2016 NFL Draft: Derrick Henry selected 45th overall by Tennessee Titans

Derrick Henry - RB, AlabamaPick Analysis


Derrick Henry – RB, Alabama

Pick Analysis

A very big Running Back is on his way to the Titans. He is huge for his position, and he is an extremely heavy hitter. He joins Demarco Murray in a dynamic backfield. He is bully when he gets going and will drop the hurt on anyone who gets in his way. He won’t help on passing downs, and will be limited to being a two down back, but he is extremely effective at what he does, good pick, but wasn’t really a need. Thomas Clapham

Player Analysis

The Heisman trophy winner appeared at times to be a man among boys this season.  His bulldozing style up the middle wears down opponents and can take several defenders to bring him down.  While not particularly elusive or blessed with quick changes of direction ability, when he gets up to full speed he is practically unstoppable at his size, and his signature stiff arm move flattens would-be tacklers.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t always get that opportunity to accelerate, too often being stuffed within the first couple yards for little gain, and without the ability to move well laterally if the run defence clogs up the middle, forcing him to bounce outside where he is much less effective.  Although his team won the national championship, and he did contribute 6 TDs in the big final three games of the year, Henry was (relatively) less effective against some strong defences in Florida, Michigan State and Clemson who limited him to 4.22 YPC over that stretch.  Henry will have to prove over the pre-draft months in workouts that he can be a factor in the passing game.  Though he had 5 receptions against Ole Miss in week 3, he caught just 4 passes over the 12 games since.  That is in part due to the use of Kenyon Drake on passing downs, but still is a slight question.  In limited opportunities he has shown good hands catching out of the backfield, and his ability to completely stonewall blitzing linebackers flying at him at full speed is impressive, giving Henry the ability to step in and contribute straight away for the team that drafts him.  In his award-winning season, Henry finished with 2,219 yards on a heavy workload of 395 carries (a number higher than evaluators would like) at 5.62 YPC and 28 rushing scores. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B-


2016 NFL Draft: Derrick Henry selected 45th overall by Tennessee Titans

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