Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake were one of the best one-two punches in college football last season.
Now, they both find themselves on separate NFL teams, but still keep in touch almost everyday. Henry, who was drafted in the second round by the Tennessee Titans, and Drake (a third-round selection by the Miami Dolphins) have both completed organized team activities and will report to training camp next month.
“I talk to him, if not every day, every other day or especially on the weekends when we have a little downtime, just to talk about our experience so far,” Drake said of Henry, via miamidolphins.com. “It’s interesting, just being in the position that we’re in because we were a tight-knit group, especially that junior class, senior class that kind of went through the ranks over at Alabama and things we went through — to just kind of lean back on each other.”
Drake has also kept in touch with former Crimson Tide running back T.J. Yeldon, who finished up his first season with that Jacksonville Jaguars last season. The second-year back told Drake to “stay composed” and to understand that growing pains will happen as the rookie gets adjusted to the speed of the NFL game. Drake told the Miami media that his biggest adjustment has been pass blocking as he battles for the No. 1 spot alongside former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi.
Henry, who rushed for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns en route to winning the Heisman Trophy last season, will take snaps behind two-time Pro Bowl running back DeMarco Murray.
The former Crimson Tide duo lit up scoreboards last season, and hope to do the same at the next level.