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Alabama RB and Heisman winner Derrick Henry headed to NFL

during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. Getty Images

What should be a Crimson Tide of drafted players is going to include an early entry, and a big one.

According to Joe Schad of ESPN, Alabama running back Derrick Henry is leaving school early to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

Henry had 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns en route to the Heisman Trophy and a national championship.

While the professional track record of Alabama backs is mixed, Henry’s production this year can’t be questioned.

He apparently got a good recommendation from the league’s advisory committee, which Alabama players agreed to wait to look at until they beat Clemson Monday for the title.

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27 Responses to “Alabama RB and Heisman winner Derrick Henry headed to NFL”
  1. jakethesnake123 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:47 PM

    Now we will find out if it was his line being better than the opposition or him.

  2. hanspard says: Jan 14, 2016 3:47 PM

    Love his style, but he’ll drop in the draft. Too big to make quick cuts, and takes too long to get up to speed. Reminds me of T.J. Duckett back when the Falcons got him. He played a nice role but never was a star.

  3. walker615 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:47 PM

    If it looks like Trent Richardson, runs like Trent Richardson, comes from Alabama like Trent Richardson….

    Well, I’d be very skeptical.

  4. Fake French Accent says: Jan 14, 2016 3:50 PM

    Get your draft card ready Cleveland! You know you want to…

    …dont fight it, write it down… ;-D

  5. jimmyt says: Jan 14, 2016 3:57 PM

    He will be a high pick. All the teams took one look at Todd Gurley and suddenly NFL football will be a running game again. And I like it.

  6. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 14, 2016 3:57 PM

    joke that he even won the heisman….bust in the nfl……

    on the other hand McCaffrey is the real deal

  7. conormacleod says: Jan 14, 2016 3:59 PM

    Late round 2. Goes to a playoff team. Could have some success. How fat is he? Maybe the Packers take him.

  8. fatguystrangler says: Jan 14, 2016 3:59 PM

    Can’t deny he’s a bruiser and bigger than a lot of linebackers.

    But, he ran behind the best OL in college football. Also, how many carries did he have in the playoffs alone? Saban rode this horse as far as he could all season. I’d fear he has a good bit of wear and tear already.

  9. trollaikman8 says: Jan 14, 2016 3:59 PM

    And he’s still got 3 years on tread left on him.

  10. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 14, 2016 3:59 PM

    First step too slow for the league. Watch him stand up and run into the back of his interior lineman like Alfred Morris. Will see less daylight between the tackles than used to because not quick enough to get to the hole and can’t turn the corner because linebackers now just as big and faster than him. Journeyman at best.

  11. 3xapple says: Jan 14, 2016 4:02 PM

    …And with the 18th pick of the NFL draft…

  12. bassplucker says: Jan 14, 2016 4:06 PM

    Bama fan here and I see him going anywhere from mid-2nd to early 3rd. I thought RBs were being devalued in the league and then Todd Gurley kind of blew up that train of thought last year, but I don’t see that happening again.

    If anyone remembers A-Train from the Bears, Henry reminds me of a bigger version of him. A problem once he gets rolling but can be contained if you get him before he’s up to speed and/or keep him moving laterally. To me where he could really help himself is if he shows himself as a potential pass catching threat (of which he did practically none of at Bama.) If he comes out of the combine being seen as a bigger stronger Matt Forte (as compared to a thinner, marginally faster Eddy Lacy), he’ll help himself a lot.

  13. NinersRule says: Jan 14, 2016 4:07 PM

    Not a lot of burst there. Takes him forever to get to the line and those huge holes he saw at Alabama won’t be there as often and won’t stay open for long.

    Fast defenders take away Henry’s advantage and virtually every defender in he NFL is fast.

  14. buckethead1 says: Jan 14, 2016 4:08 PM

    Looks like Tarzan, will play like Jane…

  15. woodbridgekid73 says: Jan 14, 2016 4:10 PM

    Saban rode him hard, how much tread is left on the tires?

  16. fartweasel says: Jan 14, 2016 4:15 PM

    He already looks overweight and slow. Packers should take him.

  17. pacodawg says: Jan 14, 2016 4:16 PM

    Shocking really?

  18. haughville says: Jan 14, 2016 4:22 PM

    I’d be cautious taking an Alabama running back. They’re all similar; Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, and now Henry. Big backs take a pounding and start tailing off early in their careers.

  19. Deb says: Jan 14, 2016 4:23 PM

    If it looks like Trent Richardson, runs like Trent Richardson, comes from Alabama like Trent Richardson…. Well, I’d be very skeptical.
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    Trent Richardson is 5’9″ 227. Derrick Henry is 6’3″ 245. And that’s where the differences start. They’re different men with different motivations, different personalities, and different running styles. As for Alabama backs, well, Alabama produced Rookie of the Year Eddie Lacy. But you go right ahead being skeptical. I have no idea where in the draft Derrick will be taken. But he’s a hard worker, a good kid, and someone with the potential to play different roles within the offense. I’m sure his new coaches will be happy with his production.

  20. cowboysfanantijerryjones says: Jan 14, 2016 4:34 PM

    Reminda me of Eddie George…man, that guy was a beast with the Titans early 2000’s.

  21. kobemanning says: Jan 14, 2016 4:42 PM

    So Bama had ONE bad running back bust and now the reputation is that all of their running backs are bad? Shaun Alexander? Didn’t Eddie Lacy win Offensive Rookie of the Year? Mark Ingram is contributing well for the Saints, even though he may have been picked too high, especially for their system. And because he plays for the Jags the often forgotten TJ Yeldon had a very solid rookie yr. So because Trent didn’t pan out we’re just gonna give the same fate to every other back that comes out of the school? Who exactly is Running Back university then? EVERY big college football program has busts. (See Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma) Kill this dumb narrative.

  22. dwhcic says: Jan 14, 2016 4:45 PM

    Too slow. He should look at losing some weight like Le’veon Bell.

  23. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 14, 2016 6:15 PM

    Have fun with those used parts, Saban doesn’t care about the guys future, used him up…grant it he probably made more this past year than he will as a rookie.

  24. liverpoolred04 says: Jan 14, 2016 6:17 PM

    The reason there is a narrative is because Bama backs can’t stay healthy…each back went down with injuries this year, guess they had to get off roids.

  25. Deb says: Jan 14, 2016 6:36 PM

    Oh, hello, liverpoolred04. I see you’re still sour about Auburn’s season.

  26. artworkworld says: Jan 14, 2016 9:29 PM

    So the Heisman trophy winner got a high grade in the pre draft analysis ? I’m shocked. He never would have guessed that before the championship game. Here is some crack reporting here.

  27. 1smartdude says: Jan 15, 2016 5:05 PM

    Slow? While his first step isn’t the quickest, I’ve watched him run off and leave so many very fast DB’s this year that it isn’t funny.

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