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K-Rob's Korner 8-21
Henry a steal
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I’ll go on the record as saying the Tennessee Titans have the biggest steal in the 2016 NFL draft and his name is Derrick Henry.
Henry, who was the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner out of the University of Alabama, made a statement in the first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers as he ran 10 times for 74 yards and a TD.
During the NFL draft, many NFL owners and front office executives let Henry fall all the way to the second round because they didn’t think he had enough lateral quickness and thought he was suspect in the pass blocking and the pass catching areas.
It also scared a lot of GMs because of the workload of Henry with the Crimson Tide, but many people forget he didn’t carry the ball as much in his first two seasons at Alabama.
Yes, Henry may have not caught the ball a lot but he didn’t have to in college because his breakaway speed and ability to truck over people is all he needed and it fit the Alabama offense perfectly.
In his college career, Henry rushed 602 times, including 395 times last year. He broke the Southeastern Conference record for rushing yards in a season with 2,219 and has 42 rushing and three receiving TDs in his career.
So how does that not add up to being a first-round pick when Todd Gurley didn’t have those numbers coming out of Georgia and was coming off a torn ACL and was still the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft?
I agree with the Dallas Cowboys drafting Ezekiel Elliot with the fourth overall pick in this year’s draft but you don’t let an athletic running back like Henry slip out of the top 10 or top 20 overall because he is a once-in-a-generation running back.
Demarco Murray also ran the ball well for the Titans during the game, including a 71-yard gallop to the endzone but will his time as the starter be split with Henry?
In all reality, the Titans didn’t trade for Murray so he could just ride the bench so I see both of them getting their share of carries this year and they could be one of the most lethal duos at the position we have seen in a long time.
I believe Henry is the second coming of Eddie George, so congratulations Titans, you now have your running back, quarterback and tight end of the future but now it’s time to find a receiver and maybe get back to the glory days of Steve McNair, Derrick Mason, Samari Rolle, Keith Bulluck, George, Bruce Matthews and Frank Wycheck.
Keep proving them wrong Derrick, you have a bright future ahead of you.