TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Now, Alabama running back Derrick Henry must prove he can do it at the NFL level.
The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner was selected Friday with the No. 45 pick in the second round by the Tennessee Titans.
Behind an SEC record 2,061 rushing yards and 28 rushing touchdowns, Henry was selected as the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Doak Walker and Maxwell Award winner.
With questions surrounding whether or not Henry needs to be drafted by a team with a specific run-blocking scheme, Alabama coach Nick Saban said teams must focus more on Henry’s abilities than the system.
“I think when you look at Derrick Henry, you have to get past the style points and style issue,” Saban said. “He’s a unique guy with a unique style. He’s got great length, he’s got a great stiff arm, he’s really hard to tackle, and he’s really, really fast. He can catch the ball. He’s a really good receiver. And he can block. So if you don’t have this sort of pigeon hole perception of what a running back needs to be, and you can get past all that and just look at the production, you’ll be wise in terms of how you look at Derrick Henry and what his performance will be for you down the road.”
Saban said he believes Henry is going to be a “very, very good player.”