Former Alabama tailback Derrick Henry is a Heisman Trophy winner and was the second running back taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. But every rookie has a learning curve.
Henry looked to be struggling a bit during a footwork drill on Friday during Tennessee Titans rookie camp.
The 6-foot-3, 247-pound thumper has a special combination of power and speed, but he clearly needs to improve his footwork to become a standout running back at the next level.
It’d be hasty to have a significant level of concern over one spring drill, however. The learning curve is sometimes steeper for some players than others.
Take former Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche for example. Many pundits said motivation and character would be Nkemdiche’s most glaring concerns entering the NFL, but the first-round pick has been a beast at Arizona Cardinals rookie camp and motivation hasn’t been much of a problem so far.
All rookies develop at a different pace, as Henry and Nkemdiche have proven. What will matter is how these players translate that development onto the playing field come September.