Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who won the 2015 Heisman Trophy, faced an uncertain draft stock heading into the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, but he impressed at the event. He is now attempting to secure first-round status as the draft approaches.
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Henry to Meet with Multiple NFC Teams
Monday, April 4
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Henry will visit the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers this week.
Miller Weighs In on Henry's Skill Set
Tuesday, March 29
Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said he understands "why so many love [Henry]," adding that it's "tough to overlook lack of agility/foot speed, but he's a nightmare downhill."
Varying Opinions on Henry's Chances of Landing in Round 1
Monday, Feb. 29
Mark Dominik of ESPN believed Henry would go in the first round without even seeing his performance in Indianapolis. He admitted on Feb. 25 that "many" others don't think he'll end up in Round 1, though.
On Monday, Fox Sports' Peter Schrager reported Henry "blew everyone away." He noted that with Doug Martin and Lamar Miller leading the way for free-agent running backs, "Henry could be [taken in the] first round."
Henry Competing with Elliott for Top RB Honors
Ezekiel Elliott of Ohio State is on track to become the first running back off the board sometime in the middle of the opening round. Things at the position are murky beyond that, however, and Dominik, the former general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, spotlighted the uncertainty concerning Henry.
The powerful back rushed for 2,219 yards and scored 28 touchdowns to lead the Crimson Tide's championship offense last season. But there are concerns about how his heavy-hitting style will translate to the NFL level.
CollegeFootball 24/7 highlighted the fact he was the heaviest back during combine measurements:
#NFLCombine RB measurements— CollegeFootball 24/7 (@NFL_CFB) February 24, 2016
Heaviest: Derrick Henry (247 lbs)
Lightest: Tyler Ervin (192 lbs)
Jarrett Bell of USA Today noted the Heisman winner isn't worried about being placed behind Elliott, and potentially others, in the draft rankings: "No, not at all. I approach the situation as an underdog, working my way up. That's how I approach every day."
Ultimately, his immense power worked extremely well at Alabama. But there is no shortage of physically dominant players on NFL defenses, so it takes more than the ability to run hard in order to find consistent success.
Depending on how Henry performs leading up to the draft, the name Trent Richardson may start to get thrown around quite a bit as a comparison. The fellow Alabama star was drafted third overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and plodded his way to little success in the NFL.
That's not a perfect comparison because Henry has showcased better vision in spotting and attacking running lanes. But it's something that probably sticks in the minds of talent evaluators, leading to the unclear nature of Henry's stock at this stage of the process.