Nick Saban doesn’t understand why NFL teams might be hesitant to make Derrick Henry a high draft pick this April.
Alabama’s coach just oversaw arguably the greatest single-season rushing performance in SEC history, and he’s wondering why pro organizations are overthinking their scouting reports.
“With Derrick Henry,” Saban said Wednesday, “you’ve got to get past the style points.”
“Derrick’s got a unique style about him because of his size,” Saban told SEC Network. “He’s tall. He’s very fast. Very physical. Very difficult to tackle. I think if people would just look at that: How difficult is the guy to tackle when he has the ball?”
The general consensus among draft analysts is that Henry — who won the Heisman Trophy after racking up conference records for yards (2,219) and touchdowns (28) — is this class’ second-best back behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott.
Some have questioned his running mechanics, with ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr., saying Henry does not have “enough wiggle.”
Saban points to Henry’s numbers as a simple rebuttal.
“I think if you just look at the result because of the style, you’re gonna really like the guy and want him on your team,” Saban said. “He’s got great character. He can do everything else you need him to do. I don’t know why somebody wouldn’t want him to be the man on their team.”