The first scouting report that we will cover is the Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry, out of Alabama. After running all over the SEC Henry has set himself up with a tough decision of whether or not to enter the draft. Former teammate T.J. Yeldon says that "he has nothing left to prove" and that he "should move on".
Awards: Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Doak Walker Award
Strengths: Henry runs with anger and authority. His running style is similar to LeGarrette Blount. They both are big powerful backs that punish defenders and have good vision. They both have decent speed but are not going to be known for it. Henry drives piles and possesses one of the most vicious stiff arms I have seen. He uses his long arms to remain out of reach of the defenders. He keeps his legs driving through contact and finishes the play falling forward.
Weaknesses: Henry's style puts extra miles on him with each carry as he takes so many hits. That is one worry that teams will face when drafting Henry. Henry also does not posses great speed or open field elusiveness. He has decent change of direction skill but is more of a straight forward bulldozing back. His pass blocking skills are not developed and he has very little experience catching passes. His elusiveness will have to improve and he may have to shed some weight to help with the speed.
Overall: Henry is a mean bulldozing back that will be a nightmare to tackle in the NFL. His lack of elusiveness and change of direction speed will limit the amount of team that will be able to effectively use him. I see him fitting in with a power run scheme like the Jets, 49ers, Panthers, or Raiders.