After rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns it is clear that Darrell Henderson is a running back that you need to know about when it comes to the NFL Draft. In this draft profile we’ll give you everything you need to know about this dynamic and explosive runner.
Darrell Henderson NFL Draft Profile
Height: 5’9 Weight: 200 School: Memphis
- Good acceleration. Goes from zero to sixty very quickly.
- Fast. Has the break away speed to be a game changer.
- Runs through arm tackles. Good contact balance.
- Vision is good. Finds the crease and makes the most of it most of the time.
- Can change directions fairly well. Subtle elusiveness.
- Compact frame and is willing to get tough yards.
- Not a great pass catcher. Just average in this area.
- Not a great pass blocker.
- Ball security could be better.
- Won’t make multiple defenders miss. Not super elusive.
- Not extremely powerful. Won’t run too many defenders over.
I really like Henderson. He is one cut and go with the burst and speed to be that home run threat. I’m okay with his size at 5’9 and 200 lbs. because he’s still willing to fight for tough yards. Can make a man miss in space, despite not being super elusive. Not particularly good in the passing game. Not sure he’ll be a featured back initially because of his size, but I could see him starting somewhere. A good number two with the ability to gash the defense with quality starting potential if he lands in the right situation.
I expect Henderson to be picked in the late second to early third round. Teams like Philadelphia, Kansas City and Tampa Bay jump out as possible fits in that range. He can be an impact player in the NFL from day one with big play ability.
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DARRELL HENDERSON SCOUTING REPORT: . Strengths – Explosive home run threat with instant burst. Has plenty of long speed and is sudden and explosive enough to break angles in the open field. Quick plant and go behind the LOS allowing him to burst through holes and get to the 2nd/3rd level with ease. Vision looks best surveying flow on zone runs and identifying cut back lanes. Will press primary lanes, but is fleet footed enough to cut behind the line and get into secondary gaps. Runs hard and violent despite modest size. Finishes runs lowering his shoulder and runs with good pad height. Smart space player with sharp cuts and plus reactive quickness to defenders approach angles. Has some solid open field vision and processes well on the fly. Dynamic ability as a receiver who looks polished running routes and has very natural hands for an RB. Could carve out a role as a productive receiver out of the backfield right off the bat . Weaknesses – Can be a little eager to get North/South and will sometimes find himself running into lineman or closed gaps. Not as sudden in lateral movements when he gets up some speed and has to gear down when changing direction. Benefits from a lot of wide open holes and will struggle when asked to take what is there between the Guards. Very limited usage and effectiveness as a pass protector, but slot versatility could overcome this and allow him to stay on the field for 3 downs. Leg drive and frame limit upside as an inside runner . Outlook – There is a lot to like with Henderson's game. The NFL will like the versatility he offers as a pass catcher and overall athletic profile. Like many college backs, he needs to improve his pass protection to see an increased NFL workload, but his receiving ability should help him carve out a niche. Vision and limitations as an interior runner may limit scheme fit for some teams, but a zone heavy team or offense that gets its RBs touches in the passing game and in space will love Henderson's upside in such a role . Huge shout-out to @katsukifb for the highlights on this post. Be sure to give him a follow . #nfl #nfldraft #nfldraft2019 #cfb #collegefootball #cfbplayoff #rosebowl