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Derrick Henry moves well for a man his size

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Running back Derrick Henry of Alabama participates in a drill during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NFL Scouting Combine revealed that Derrick Henry doesn’t quite have elite speed and quickness by the standards of an NFL running back. Until you consider how big he is.

Henry ran a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, good for 11th among running backs, and had a 37-inch vertical jump, fifth among running backs. He broad jumped 10 feet, 10 inches, tying for second among running backs. His three-cone drill of 7.20 seconds was 10th among running backs. His 4.38-second 20-yard shuttle was 11th among running backs. His 11.50-second 60-yard shuttle was tied for fourth among running backs.

In other words, Henry was not the best in any event at the Combine, but he was above average in most events.

But the numbers that really stick out for Henry are 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds. That’s a size you hardly ever see at the running back position. To run, jump and cut as well or better than your average running back while towering over most running backs is a combination that NFL teams have to like.

Henry won the Heisman Trophy at Alabama and was one of the best players in college football last year, but he’s not a lock to go in the first round of the draft at a time when the running back position isn’t valued in the NFL. There will also be questions about how much of his success in college was because of Alabama’s offensive line.

What there’s no question about is whether Henry measures up in the NFL. He’s got good athleticism, and great size.

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57 Responses to “Derrick Henry moves well for a man his size”
  1. Seprix says: Feb 26, 2016 5:37 PM

    The Alabama Running Back curse continues. Ingram, Richardson, Lacy, now this guy.

  2. key2heat says: Feb 26, 2016 5:38 PM

    Dallas Cowboys

  3. DaveKShape says: Feb 26, 2016 5:40 PM

    Dude never got caught from behind this past season. The film doesn’t lie – he’s worth a 1st rounder for sure, especially a late-1st.

  4. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Feb 26, 2016 5:42 PM

    Great fit behind Dallas’ O-line.

  5. vancouversportsbro says: Feb 26, 2016 5:44 PM

    Todd Gurley was the best RB to come out of college in a while and went 11th. No way does this guy go top ten after what happened with Trent Richardson.

  6. TeamBalco says: Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM

    I know this sounds lame, but I’d rather see him play MLB recking havoc blitzing the A and B gaps.

  7. thekidmd1234 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:45 PM

    RB TE hybrid super back. Most teams would love to get a guy like this.

  8. starfan79 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:46 PM

    If he falls into the 3rd round he will go to Dallas no question. Everything kinda depends on what happens in the first. They could trade down and take Elliot…

  9. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:48 PM

    Let’s not forget that Lacy won ROY in 2013 and had an even better year in 2014. His motivation to be great in 2015 will have many dollar signs attached to it. I’d bet the over on his yardage and TD Vegas lines next year. Keep in mind that Bettis was dumped by the LA Rams in 97 because he tipped the scales at 270. And he went on to a HOF career. The same could be said for Lacy in 20 years.

    Ingram, while he started slowly, was one of the top 10 backs in the league last year until his injury.

    Henry looks like a man among boys. I hope the Lions/Bears/Vikings don’t draft him.

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  10. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:49 PM

    But Richardson? Yeah. Bust.

  11. mropinionguy says: Feb 26, 2016 5:51 PM

    Except that Lacy has been an above average back and FAR better than Ingram and Richardson, curse is already broken.

  12. cowboysallday says: Feb 26, 2016 5:52 PM

    Would love to see him in Dallas but I don’t think it’ll happen. McFadden was 4th in the league in rushing only starting 11 (10?) games and with no passing game. Would be a wasted pick

  13. Aespo24 says: Feb 26, 2016 5:52 PM

    Obviously the guy is a freak of nature. To stand that tall, that size, and move like that is something none of us has ever seen. Imagine being a DB and this guy is running at you full speed? No thanks. I will err to the side of caution though, Bama backs haven’t been those star backs that they once were in college. I’d spend a mid-first on him. He’s worth that.

  14. nnagi says: Feb 26, 2016 5:59 PM

    This guy is way too tall to play running back in the NFL, he will get hit too much

  15. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 26, 2016 6:06 PM

    yea tall dudes do not last. or they become tip-toe monsters and stick around on your team serving as a major frustration.
    see brandon jacobs, dude had the talent to be an unstoppable force, but early in his career he decided not risk hits, and was kinda average for it.

  16. maestro1899 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:07 PM

    I thought Keith Marshall’s 40 was the most impressive thing.

    He ran an official 4.31 at 219 lbs!!! That’s insane!

  17. bwmartinkc says: Feb 26, 2016 6:07 PM

    Why are we even talking of a curse here? Yeah, TRich was a bust, but Ingram has developed into a solid starting running back for the Saints, and Lacy is going to be just fine once he gets his weight down… Any issues with Henry have to do with Henry, and while the Alabama oline being incredibly dominant needs to be considered when evaluating him… I mean look at him. Lets not pretend like this guy can’t be a player at the next level.

  18. abninf says: Feb 26, 2016 6:08 PM

    He could be pretty durable at that size.

  19. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Feb 26, 2016 6:14 PM

    Football is the last sport that analyltics will ruin.

  20. huh6016 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:15 PM

    He has two first names, there’s no way he is any good….

  21. sc5000 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:20 PM

    Hope the Broncos pop him at the end of round 1. Gonna need SOMETHING on offense next year. C.J. Anderson as the “change of pace” back is pretty scary.

  22. wjmoffatt says: Feb 26, 2016 6:23 PM

    It’s funny how people want to throw Alabama running backs under the bus. Ingram has been solid these past two years, lacey was Excellent two out of three years, and does not one remember Shaun Alexander?
    Oh yeah, TJX had a pretty decent year running behind that awful jaguars line.

  23. 87hollywoodhorn says: Feb 26, 2016 6:24 PM

    nah more size makes you a better player generally but it makes ur career shorter.
    like compare Antonio Brown to Calvin Johnson. Will AB ever have a season as good as CJ 2011? Heckkkkkk no. But CJ was doing 2011 running seam routes taking big hits. AB so small that his weak zones(knees sides shoulders) are small targets impossible to hit. Srsly u ever see AB take a hit?

    Part of the reason stats dont get it, ppl with long careers are overappreciated. Henry might be a beast but he wont last i dont think

  24. chazthespaz says: Feb 26, 2016 6:25 PM

    He’s faster than HOF Jerome Bettis.

  25. axespray says: Feb 26, 2016 6:34 PM

    Seprix says:
    Feb 26, 2016 5:37 PM
    The Alabama Running Back curse continues. Ingram, Richardson, Lacy, now this guy.
    ————————–
    Ingram is inconsistent, but he’s okay when motivated.

    Lacy carried Matt Flynn his rookie year, was great in ’14.

    In 2015, KJ Wright dove at his ankle… Dude was hobbling around on a bum ankle all year long with 8-9 in the box cause none of his receivers could go deep.

    Richardson sucks thou… so 2 out of 3.
    Derrick Henry has potential to better than those 3 tbh.

  26. albundy4tds1game says: Feb 26, 2016 6:34 PM

    “yea tall dudes do not last. or they become tip-toe monsters and stick around on your team serving as a major frustration.
    see brandon jacobs, dude had the talent to be an unstoppable force, but early in his career he decided not risk hits, and was kinda average for it.”
    Adrian Peterson is 6’3″ go to bed

  27. mackcarrington says: Feb 26, 2016 6:37 PM

    Is that supposed to be impressive?
    There are 6’7″ basketball players who move with as much speed and agility as as that. Big whoop!

  28. erikinhell says: Feb 26, 2016 6:47 PM

    This kid did look like a man amongst boys for most of his college career. In the NFL, he’s just another running back. With his size and speed, I can see him as a 3 1/2 yard back, with many breakout runs. I hated Bettis because he was that type of running back, and he didn’t play for my team. I can see the Browns taking him if he’s available by the start of the 2nd round. He’ll never make it through the 2nd round.

  29. redstar504 says: Feb 26, 2016 6:52 PM

    Take it from a fan of the team that drafted Mark Ingram stay away from Alabama running backs. They play behind an offensive line that puts all of its players into the NFL at the NCAA level.

    So just to review they get yards running behind lines that could play in the NFL facing collage level talent. None of them are bad backs but none of them are great backs.

  30. bassplucker says: Feb 26, 2016 6:54 PM

    People who are trying to comp him to Eddie Lacy clearly have no clue. Look at him, he’s cut to pieces. The single biggest thing that will determine his draft status is can he catch the ball. If he can, then you’ve got a super-sized version of Matt Forte and a lot of GMs are gonna find that pretty attractive.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 26, 2016 6:56 PM

    Dan Vitale beat Henry in 5 of the 7 Combine tests, and he’s just an inch shorter and 8 pounds lighter.

  32. militantgod says: Feb 26, 2016 7:12 PM

    mropinionguy says:
    Feb 26, 2016 5:51 PM
    Except that Lacy has been an above average back and FAR better than Ingram and Richardson, curse is already broken.
    —————————————-

    Really? Ingram was way better than Lacy last year and they had comparable numbers the season prior. Just because Ingram didn’t light the league on fire his first few years doesn’t mean he hasn’t turned into a good pro.

  33. truths4all says: Feb 26, 2016 7:57 PM

    draft him and turn him into a monster tight end.

  34. dumbpollack says: Feb 26, 2016 8:18 PM

    No way I touch this guy in the first three rounds. I thought the guy looked heavy footed today. He sure won’t have the holes in the pros he had in college.

  35. charger383 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:20 PM

    All he needs is an OLine and Coach as good as he had at Bama
    Roll Tide

  36. liverpoolred04 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:21 PM

    God I hope my team doesn’t draft him…you’ll see how much mileage is on him as soon as he plays a game behind an “ok” line.

  37. rainsarge says: Feb 26, 2016 8:22 PM

    There is no reason to believe Henry won’t be great. He has production as well as measurables it would be stupid not to take him. Lacy and Ingram are both solid RB and T-rich was an aberration.

  38. bigbamboom1 says: Feb 26, 2016 8:43 PM

    Everytime I read “freak of nature” coming from the pundits at the NFL or NBA combines, My “Bust Meter” starts clicking off the charts. I immediately default to Mario Williams, JaDeveon Clowney, Ryan Leaf and too many more to mention.

  39. wjmoffatt says: Feb 26, 2016 8:44 PM

    People, Henry lead the SEc in yards after contact. His offensive line gave up the most tackles for loss in the country. Dodd destroyed the line in the national championship.

    Henry was productive because Henry can run the football, it was not the offensive line. Hint there’s only one guy that’s getting drafted from that line and Kelly is being mocked third round, not sure how it’s his line. Food for thought.

  40. keeppounding says: Feb 26, 2016 9:04 PM

    I want him at the panthers. Not sure why. Probably the 6’3″ 247 pounds. I hope we take him.

  41. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 9:32 PM

    I’m gonna take the good money on this and bet he does something in the pros…i know i know another bama rb (i drafted t rich 1st overall in my $200 a year keeper league lol) but this dude seems like a quicker brandon jacobs (giants fan here) but the same size…

  42. milwaukeeguy says: Feb 26, 2016 10:22 PM

    That’s a big dude.

  43. ramrene says: Feb 26, 2016 10:47 PM

    He’s a cheese burger away from 260 and being called Eddie Lacy v2.0.

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    Pass.

  44. billsmafiaordie says: Feb 26, 2016 10:50 PM

    I have the Patriots drafting him in the first round of my latest mock…may not get past Dallas at 4 though. Especially if they trade up to number 1 to get him. I just adore draft time.

  45. dropanotherpassadams says: Feb 26, 2016 11:14 PM

    He better learn to get his pad level a lot lower to be effective in the NFL or he is getting hammered.

  46. ppc50 says: Feb 27, 2016 12:14 AM

    Dallas with their 2nd pick

  47. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Feb 27, 2016 12:52 AM

    wjmoffatt says:
    Feb 26, 2016 8:44 PM
    People, Henry lead the SEc in yards after contact. His offensive line gave up the most tackles for loss in the country. Dodd destroyed the line in the national championship.

    Henry was productive because Henry can run the football, it was not the offensive line. Hint there’s only one guy that’s getting drafted from that line and Kelly is being mocked third round, not sure how it’s his line. Food for thought.
    ======

    Food for thought: Alabama didn’t play against Clemson’s defense 13 times, so saying one defense “destroyed” Alabama’s line doesn’t really prove anything.

    And maybe the reason the line “gave up” the most tackles for loss (assuming that’s true) is because they were blocking for a one dimensional back who needed a big hole to run through.

    This guy is the typical Alabama back. A big physical, one-dimensional guy who racked up most of his numbers in the second half of games after his offensive line had beaten opposing defenses into submission. If it’s true that he led the country in YAC, I would love to see the 1st half/2nd half splits on that because I watched a ton of Alabama football games this year, and I saw alot of Derrick Henry running over wiped out defenders in the later stages of games.

    Christian McCaffrey should have won the Heisman this year and will be a vastly better pro than Henry. McCaffrey ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass, scored a touchdown on special teams, and THREW a touchdown pass, all in the same game in the PAC12 Championship. Derrick Henry gained alot of rushing yards running straight ahead because he’s big.

  48. randomcommenter says: Feb 27, 2016 1:35 AM

    Henry runs fast in a straight line but he has no quickness, no vision, and doesn’t make anybody miss. He got so many yards because he got a ton of carries behind a very good OL.

    He’ll be a mediocre NFL RB. A better version of Legarrette Blount.

  49. kirkbelmont11 says: Feb 27, 2016 4:50 AM

    Clowney was taller, and heavier and ran the 40 faster.
    There are bigger scarier men in the NFL, Henry won’t be special.

  50. jets4everandever says: Feb 27, 2016 8:37 AM

    I think he has all the tools to be a good RB in the league.. My concern is that he is over 6ft if he gets drafted to the right team and gets put in the right situation.. with the right offensive Cord.. I think he will be ok not alot of rbs that are over 6ft have the skills he has foot work ..Balance. .exct..

  51. troylok says: Feb 27, 2016 8:41 AM

    I think he will have classic big back syndrome: he will tear up the league for a couple of seasons and then peter out very early in his career. Teams use guys like this as battering rams and the body just wears out fast.

  52. billsfan1 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:44 AM

    Everytime I read “freak of nature” coming from the pundits at the NFL or NBA combines, My “Bust Meter” starts clicking off the charts. I immediately default to Mario Williams, JaDeveon Clowney, Ryan Leaf and too many more to mention.

    I’m not sure bust means what you think it means when you call Mario Williams a bust

  53. thegeneral7694 says: Feb 27, 2016 8:46 AM

    @wjmoffatt:

    Agree completely. Bama’s OL was not otherworldly this season, unlike the line Lacy ran behind. They were good, not great. Elliott ran behind a better overall OL, never getting touched till he was 4 yards downfield, but no one is holding that against him. Don’t get me wrong, Elliott should be the 1st back drafted, but DH is getting a bum rap for his line and the whole “Bama backs are worn down” narrative, which is ludicrous. DH got a ton of carries in 2015 but he played very little in 2013 and split carries with Yeldon and Drake in 2014. 608 career carries for DH, 593 for Elliott….but nobody says Elliott is “worn down”. Ridiculous…..

  54. TheDPR says: Feb 27, 2016 9:51 AM

    I think he’s too tall to succeed as a regular tailback in the NFL. H-back, maybe, or TE, but not a traditional back.

  55. ghostofgilchrist says: Feb 27, 2016 10:09 AM

    Not his fault, but guys like this spend their college careers running through holes that open, and stay open. With his physical tools, he can be productive in the NFL running off the backs of his linemen, but you have to see where that opening is going to be a split second before it’s there to be great.

  56. thirdand43 says: Feb 27, 2016 10:48 AM

    His game speed is amazing. When everybody has pads and helmets on, Henry just leaves defenders in his dust. I watched a lot of his games over the past three years, and he constantly outran SEC cornerbacks in the open field. And it looked effortless. He will be an awesome pro.

  57. jake535 says: Feb 27, 2016 11:19 PM

    Main concern about those Bama rb’s is the large workload they get. Didn’t he have close to 400 carries last year alone?
    Saban doesn’t care if any of the players have much tread left on the tires after they leave his program.

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