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Dynasty & Redraft: RB Derrick Henry, Titans

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Henry's about to teach Yeldon how to appropriately live up to the hype you generated as a young part-time runner, when given the starting job.

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#2 of the night.

It's easy to get giddy about him, but keep things in perspective. There are at least 100 college RBs who score on that same play.

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Just scored for the third time, but his most impressive plays have been made picking up the blitz tonight. Multiple times he has absolutely stoned a blitzing linebacker.

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Daniel Jeremiah ‏@MoveTheSticks 30s30 seconds ago

Studying Alabama offense...RB Derrick Henry reminds me of Brandon Jacobs.

FieldVisionScouting‏@FVScouting 14m14 minutes ago

@MoveTheSticks Couldn't agree more, might have a slight speed edge but not much

Daniel Jeremiah ‏@MoveTheSticks 7m7 minutes ago

Daniel Jeremiah retweeted FieldVisionScouting

People forget Brandon Jacobs ran low 4.5 coming out of college.

Yup, I'm seeing same thing. Brandon Jacobs 2.0

You say that like it's a bad thing, for a college back... we should be so lucky if he puts up 19 TDs this year, like Jacobs in college, or pulls a 4.5 career rushing average in 9 NFL seasons.

Jacobs also had back to back 1,000 yard seasons, at 5.0 yards per carry in the NFL with 21 total TDs those two years (15 rushing TDs in one year!)

:shrug:

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I figured there'd be a bump for Henry today. I don't think he looked special, though. I wasn't impressed by either of his big runs. Massive holes that he just basically sprinted thru.

This guy is massive and can run, for sure. Once he gets going it's like a run away train. He seems to need to build up his speed and isnt as quick in the hole. Not a very creative runner.

I agree with tdmills that he doesn't have great balance, he seems a bit top heavy and doesn't change up his stride length.

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I'm not buying the Jacob's comp at all as I just don't see it. There are so few potential comps since his size is such an outlier but for some reason I'm thinking, and this is digging deep, Sam "Bam" Cunningham.

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If they haven't already started making them, be ready for inevitable Eric Dickerson comparisons.

People see the weight difference and think it's too big a gap to be apples to apples, but ED was the size of the linebackers he was playing against in college, so in terms of on-field dynamics, I think it's something to look at. The height and stride made me think ED right away.

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If they haven't already started making them, be ready for inevitable Eric Dickerson comparisons.

People see the weight difference and think it's too big a gap to be apples to apples, but ED was the size of the linebackers he was playing against in college, so in terms of on-field dynamics, I think it's something to look at. The height and stride made me think ED right away.

Dickerson would beat Henry in a 100-yard dash if he ran backwards.

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If they haven't already started making them, be ready for inevitable Eric Dickerson comparisons.

People see the weight difference and think it's too big a gap to be apples to apples, but ED was the size of the linebackers he was playing against in college, so in terms of on-field dynamics, I think it's something to look at. The height and stride made me think ED right away.

Dickerson was a big dude but his running style was closer to Jamaal Charles than Henry, that is what made him so great.

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Henry's about to teach Yeldon how to appropriately live up to the hype you generated as a young part-time runner, when given the starting job.

Yeldon never got the shot that Henry is about to. There's no one behind Henry but a true freshman (who you should also keep an eye on in Damian Harris). Henry's going to get the ball enough to hit 1500 yards.

I'm not sold on DH in the NFL...certainly not to the level of Lacy. He's top heavy and stiff. He looks for contact. Although his blocking improved so there's signs he's getting better.

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Rotoworld:

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry carried the ball 23 times for 127 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 43-37 loss to Ole Miss.

Henry tried his darnedest to put the Crimson Tide on his back, but even the 6-foot-3, 238-pound junior's back was not strong enough for that load against an Ole Miss team that looked like the best in the country on Saturday. But try he did, nonetheless. His two-yard touchdown run with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter drew Alabama to within 43-30. They would subsequently score another touchdown with just over four minutes left in the contest, but wouldn't find paydirt again as they fell by a final score of 43-37. Tough loss aside, Henry's rushed for 370 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three games. Even when he's relatively limited in terms of yardage, his bulldozing style makes him a perfect touchdown threat regardless of the match-up. Earlier this week, CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler compared him to former Raven Jamal Lewis.
Sep 20 - 2:46

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Rotoworld:

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. believes Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry is a "solid" round 2 pick if he comes out for the NFL Draft.

The draft analyst notes that it's not a "knock" to Henry's game, going in the second round, but it's based on how running backs are valued these days. The Alabama prospect has already rushed for 370 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three games of the season, for the Crimson Tide.
Sep 25 - 2:26 PM

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Is give him a late 2nd, early 3rd grade. It's not a knock, but not a ringing encouragement either.

His size/speed ratio is hard to ignore. I see him as scheme dependent and not creative enough to warrant 1st round recognition.

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Rotoworld:

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry churned out 95 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in Saturday's 27-14 win over Arkansas.

This was far from Henry's most impressive outing during the 2015 campaign, but he did score a touchdown. He's done that in every game this season. Indeed, he hasn't been held out of the end zone since last November. Not too shabby. Through six games, the 6-foot-3, 238-pound junior's rushed for 665 yards while scoring 10 touchdowns.
Oct 10 - 11:18 PM

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Rotoworld:

Half of Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry's rushing yards have come after contact, according to CFB Film Room.

329 of 665 rushing yards, to be exact. Henry does go down on contact behind or near the line of scrimmage when hit low, however, he can run through defenders and pick up big gains if given space to pick up speed. Henry has four rushing plays of 30-plus yards this season.

Source: CFB Film Room

Oct 13 - 11:27 AM

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I read a Bama homer on here say it's the best DL they've ever had. Don't know if that's true but it's certainly saying something.

It's interesting to think how much money may have been on the line last night (between these two stellar RBs).

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Rotoworld:

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry's "stock is certainly rising as a potential lead back at the next level" after Saturday's performance against LSU, writes NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks.

As Leonard Fournette languished across the field, Henry went off, rushing for 210 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries, which "confirmed his ability to carry an offense with his rugged running style," per Brooks. Brooks went on to write that the NFL loved watching Henry gouge an LSU defense full of NFL-caliber talent. The 6-foot-3, 242-pounder has 1,254 yards with 17 touchdowns across nine contests.

Source: NFL.com

Nov 10 - 3:44 PM

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I read a Bama homer on here say it's the best DL they've ever had. Don't know if that's true but it's certainly saying something.

It's interesting to think how much money may have been on the line last night (between these two stellar RBs).

Henry is coming out this year, he has more to gain or lose. Leonard has one more year, I still believe he's the better of the two. That game did not change my view of the two.

Tex

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Rotoworld:

Entering Saturday's Iron Bowl showdown with Auburn, junior RB Derrick Henry has a chance to set single-season school records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.

Henry's sitting on 1,526 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. The Crimson Tide single-season record for rushing touchdowns should be easy enough to surpass, barring Henry's legs disintegrating or Auburn (who surrendered 34 points to Idaho on Saturday) drinking a magic defensive potion. He's currently tied with Trent Richardson, who had 21 of 'em in 2011. Richardson also holds the yardage mark for a singular campaign, having rushed for 1,679 yards in that same 2011 campaign. That figures to be a bit trickier, as Henry'll need 153 rushing yards to match Richardson, 154 to surpass him. For reference's sake, the 6-foot-3, 238-pound junior's notched 153-plus in three of eleven games.

Source: al.com

Nov 23 - 8:48 PM

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271 yards on 46(!) carries today. As far as dynasty rankings right now, is he in the Michael Thomas / Corey Coleman range, or a touch below that?

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I think this locked up the Heisman.

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I want to like his NFL prospects but I'm still not sold for some reason.

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I think this locked up the Heisman.

Deshaun Watson disagrees.

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Rotoworld:

Derrick Henry - RB - Crimson Tide

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry "is a unique three-down back with the physical tools to thrive as a feature back," NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks observes.

"Henry exhibits rare speed and quickness for a big back. He flashes the burst to turn the corner on outside runs, but also shows the acceleration to get to the second level on power runs between the tackles," Brooks wrote. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry isn't just your average three-down workhorse, while he can tote the rock for those tough-needed yards, he can also flash that 4.4 speed in space. The Alabama prospect showcases the ability as a pass catcher out of the backfield, with soft hands as well. On the year, Henry has rushed for 1797 yards on 295 carries, with a whopping 22 touchdowns on the year.

Source: NFL.com

Nov 30 - 2:23 PM

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