Mel Kiper, Jr., didn’t have good news for Alabama running back Derrick Henry on Thursday, but he did heap praise on quarterback Jake Coker.
The senior transfer improved from a “priority free agent” to “late-rounder” during his dominant College Football Playoff run (621 passing yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions).
“The way that Coker went about his business after he got the job back (in September), the way he finished off when everybody thought he’d be a liability; he became a plus for them,” Kiper said during a Thursday conference call. “He made some great throws when he had to.”
Kiper wasn’t as positive about Henry, the Heisman Trophy winner who has been mentioned by many as a first- or second-round prospect.
He gave the junior a third-round grade, saying Henry does not have “enough wiggle and change in direction,” and lacks initial quickness at the line of scrimmage.