When it comes to former Alabama running back Derrick Henry, there have been some questions on whether he is actually able to be a great all-around back at the next level. It certainly seems like one NFL analyst doesn’t have a lot of confidence in him.
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Merril Hoge talked about the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner and said that he lacks “spontaneous agility.” This basically means that he can’t create his own room up front and if his offensive line fails, he fails.
“As you snap the ball, Ole Miss has won in the some areas,” Hoge said on a Tuesday episode of SportsCenter. “This defender is closing inside here. Now Derrick Henry is trying to get downhill to get the first down. Well, they’ve got penetration here.
“As soon as he plants his feet, he just can’t redirect spontaneously and get back to where he needs to be. And they’re able to tackle him. You see this on a consistent basis.”
It comes down to Henry having a good offensive line in front of him. A good running back takes advantage of what is put in front of him, while a great one makes his own advantage.
Derrick Henry might have been one of the best running backs in the country last season and rushed for over 2,000 yards for the first time in SEC history, but he was at Alabama. The Crimson Tide are usually known for having a good offensive line and that is probably why he ended up having an amazing career in Tuscaloosa.
Of course, there are some pretty good lines he can play behind in the NFL. However, there will come a time where he has to make his own holes and that could prove to be his ultimate downfall.
What do you think fans? Will Henry live up to his Heisman hype in the NFL or will he fall flat and end up like another former Alabama running back?
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