Alabama running back Derrick Henry may have led the nation in rushing and rushing touchdowns and won the Heisman Trophy as college football’s best player in 2015, but still received a second-round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board and is none too happy about it.
Speaking to reporters, including Michael Casagrande of AL.com, Henry further elaborated.
“No, I’m not satisfied,” he said. “I’m never really satisfied. But all I worry about it what I can control.”
“I feel like, just because I got my grade, it doesn’t mean I’m not going to be first round,” Henry said. “I feel like what I do and how I test at the combine and work out. I feel like I will be first round. There’s no doubt in my mind that I won’t be.”
“Nobody is going to outwork me,” Henry said. “I’m going to push and work hard every day. I feel fee like hard work pushes you over the limit and makes you who you are. I’m going to work hard every day. Nobody is going to out-work me.”
Granted, no college player wants to hear that they won’t be a first-round pick, but Henry should know that there’s no shame in not being selected on Day 1. Just ask Tom Brady, who was a sixth round pick. Or ask Tony Romo, who wasn’t drafted at all.
The truth is that for someone who is a pure north-south runner and freakishly big for his position, and probably not as fast as the average running back fans have grown accustomed to seeing, Henry should be more than happy with his draft grade. If he’s determined to prove the board wrong, all he has to do is have a great performance at the NFL Scouting Combine next month.
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