Derrick Henry earned far more accolades than Kenyan Drake at Alabama, but NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock thinks the latter is the player that will catch the eye of NFL decision makers in the 2016 NFL Draft.
“I think [Drake is] intriguing,” Mayock said during a conference call on Friday, via John Talty of AL.com. “You look at him and he has value as a third-down change of pace back, he has value in the kick return game, he even has value in the coverage game as a gunner. If I’m a GM, which I’m obviously not and I’m not qualified, I’m more intrigued with Drake than I am with Henry because he can do more jobs.”
The thought echoes sentiments shared by ESPN’s Todd McShay earlier in the week, who said “there’s a chance” Drake could get picked ahead of Henry.
While Henry racked up huge numbers en route to the Heisman Trophy in 2015, Drake may be the preferable draft prospect for a few reasons, including his elite NFL Scouting Combine numbers and lesser mileage.
Mayock said that he believes Henry will be a second-round pick next week, or a third-round selection, at worst.