NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock has come right out and said that though reigning Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry has talent, it will only be former Ohio State Buckeye Ezekiel Elliott who gets selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Mayock: Ezekiel Elliott will probably be only 1st-round RB. Says people will either love Derrick Henry or not like him very much.
— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 23, 2016
Now, there are probably some Alabama fans out there crying foul at the idea of Henry not being a first-round pick, but let’s analyze both players, starting with Henry.
What’s his greatest asset? His size. Henry is freakishly big and strong for a running back at 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, and his power helps him plow through opposing defenders. By the same token, that is why he won’t be a first-round pick. He is a pure north-south runner who can’t get creative with his runs. Every single time, he just takes the ball, runs forward and hopes for the best.
The exact opposite can be said about Elliott, who’s smaller at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds. Yes, that also may seem big for a running back, but Elliott is also a superior athlete and can run east-west as well as north-south. Elliott can also be a factor in the passing game, unlike Henry, and is just faster too.
That said, though some may not like what Mayock has to say, he’s 100 percent right and will be proven so at the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to USA TODAY Sports