Overview: Derrick Henry is a junior who plays running back for the University of Alabama. During the first game in the season against Wisconsin, Henry was awarded player of the week from his coaching staff and by Maxwell Award Foundations for his outstanding performance. Henry had 13 carries, 147, and 3 touchdowns against the Badgers.
Strengths: A physical, tough, and an aggressive running back who displays good vision. Knows how break tackles in order to gain extra yardage. Strong built at the running back position, hard to take down. Has good agility, knows how to pick up speed with good momentum and is a good downhill runner. Very decisive and knows how use work his body to gain more yardage.
Weaknesses: Lack of explosiveness at the position. Could improve on catching the football in the back field. Ball security at times is an issue for him.
My NFL Comparison: New York Jets running back Chris Ivory. Why Ivory? Both Ivory and Henry are a bruiser type at running back who are physical runners. Both share a similar running style with another. Like Ivory, Henry knows how to bull doozies defenders in order to gain extra yardage.
Projected Round (2016): Between a 1st round pick to an early 2nd round pick. Why so high? Not only is he a talented back but running backs have started to increase an value. Last year, both Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon were selected in the first round. With consistent running back play that he has with the Alabama offense, Henry could find himself as a 1st round pick.
Bottom Line: He is a physical, violent runner, who is a key playmaker for Alabama’s offense. Starting material in the NFL who can benefit an NFL team in need of a starting running back going into the NFL Draft.