Despite many believing he may be the next Trent Richardson, former Alabama running back Derrick Henry looks to be one of the top running backs in the 2016 NFL Draft this April. Right now, some believe Henry could end up being a first-round selection, but there is one Draft expert that doesn’t see him making as big of an impact in the Draft.
NFL.com’s Mike Mayock recently released his third positional rankings for the Draft and he had Henry right up at the top with Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. He explained his decision to have Henry up that high on NFL Total Access Wednesday.
“Mr. Henry, at this point, I think is going to be a second-round pick, but that’s only because the league has devalued running backs,” Mayock said. “(He’s a) gifted tailback, great pass protector and can carry the football 20-30 times a game.”
Mayock also went on to compare Henry with Elliott, who many believe will be the only first round selection at the position this year. He talked about how Elliott has more lateral quickness than Derrick Henry.
“The biggest difference is lateral quickness and burst. Ezekiel Elliott is about as fast going sideways as he is going forward,” Mayock said “… When you look at Henry, he needs a little more road. He’s a tall, high-cut, long-legged back, which is atypical. Those backs struggle in the NFL just because there’s a lot more vertical mass to aim at. Having said that, I really like the kid … I value a second-round running back. I think he can carry the ball 25 times a game, I think he gets stronger as the game goes on, and even though his feet aren’t the same as Elliott, he’s got good feet and he’s difficult to tackle.”
These two are undoubtedly going to end up being starters in the NFL. Until then, it is just a matter of when and where they are going to be selected.
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