TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Heisman Trophy winner won’t be going too far from Tuscaloosa for his professional career.
The Tennessee Titans selected former Alabama running back Derrick Henry No. 45 overall in the second round on Friday.
Behind an SEC record 2,219 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.
Read what the analysts said about Henry below:
#TitanUp Jeremiah 29:11 , God Bless .
— Derrick Henry (@KingHenry_2) April 30, 2016
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock
Derrick Henry, 6-2 1/2, 247 pounds. One year of amazing production. High-cut, long-legged. If you draft him, you have to philosophically commit to who this kid is. He’s got to get his touches. You’ve got to get him downhill. He doesn’t have the quickest feet in the country, but once he gets rolling with his shoulders square, it’s a different conversation.
NFL Network’s Michael Robinson
It definitely looks like the Tennessee Titans are trying to be the bully of the AFC South. You get Derrick Henry. He’s going to be a backup to DeMarco Murray. First and second down ‘back. You won’t use him that much on third down, but you’ll use him in the second half where he can totally take the will of an opponent. I like this pick by the Tennessee Titans.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.
Derrick Henry is a down-hill runner with build-up speed. Now can he make you miss, can he change direction, is he shifty enough, will his running-style run into any resistance in the NFL? We’ll find out. Bottom line is that if the line gives him just a little bit of a crease, he can hit the home run. … Great leg drive, breaks tackles. He can get a little bit better as a receiver. That’s an area he needs to continue to work on. But if you can give him a little help — the offensive line does their job — he can outrace defensive backs to pay dirt.
ESPN’s Todd McShay
You got a guy who joined Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson as the only SEC running backs in history to post four 200-yard rushing games. This guy is a beast in the open field.
— DeMarco Murray (@DeMarcoMurray) April 30, 2016