INDIANAPOLIS — Derrick Henry weighed in as the heaviest running back at the NFL combine Wednesday. It wasn’t that part that surprised the Heisman Trophy winner. It was exactly how much the scale said he weighed.
247 pounds. Five to six pounds over the weight Henry would like to play at. Alabama’s official roster listed the running back as 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, but Henry also said he stands at just 6-foot-2.
“I was kind of shocked that it was 247 this morning,” Henry told a group of reporters at the NFL combine. “It’ll go down by tomorrow. I don’t really stay at that weight.”
Henry did say that he was trying to put on more weight, but he didn’t think the scales would show that dramatic of a gain.
“I have been drinking a lot of water so I can add a little weight, but I didn’t think I would be that heavy,” Henry said. “I won’t stay at that weight, though. It’ll go off in a day or two.”
Despite all of his accolades at Alabama, Henry isn’t viewed as the best running back in this year’s draft. That distinction would belong to Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliot. Henry says he uses that as motivation.
“You just have to let it fuel you,” he said of his draft projection. “You cannot worry about what you can’t control. You just have to get better every day and go out there and compete.”
Henry will look to improve his draft stock of a late-first to second-round pick when he participates in on-field workouts this Friday. He would not offer up any predictions on his 40-yard dash time, but did say if he exceeds his goal of the time he hopes to achieve, he’ll let the media know.