TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — When it comes to the top running backs in this year’s NFL draft class, nearly every analyst has Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott and Alabama’s Derrick Henry at the top of their draft boards.
Elliott is considered a first-round lock while Henry’s draft stock ranges from late-first to second round.
Recently, ESPN’s Sports Science put together a feature comparing the two running backs.
In the clip, Henry is praised for acceleration, power and straight-line speed. According to the clip, Henry had the fastest time in the acceleration test over 20 yards of any offensive player in this draft class — despite his frame being similar to that of an NFL linebacker.
Elliott’s ability to change direction while maintaining top speed is highlighted. The quickness of Elliott’s spin move is similar to that of All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy.
Henry, listed at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds, rewrote Alabama and SEC record books this past season by talling 2,219 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns en route to winning the Heisman Trophy, and helping Alabama to its fourth national championship in seven years.
Elliott, listed at 6-foot, 225 pounds, ran for 1,821 yards and 23 touchdowns on 289 carries as a junior last season. As a sophomore in 2014, Elliot helped Ohio State to the national championship, including a semifinals victory over the Crimson Tide.
The draft begins April 28 in Chicago.