Derrick Henry was a dominant rusher for Alabama en route to a Heisman Trophy and the 2015 National Championship, but he's not currently expected to be the first running back taken in this month's NFL Draft. While Henry is a bruising rusher who showed impressive speed and measurables at the combine, but many believe that with his blocking and pass catching ability, Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott is the better pro prospect. Henry does seem to be climbing draft boards, and may sneak into the back end of the first round if he impresses the right team.
Which team will that be? Here are where some NFL Draft experts have him going in their most recent mock drafts.
Bleacher Report (Matt Miller):Round 2, No. 33 overall – Tennessee Titans
CBS Sports (Will Brinson): Round 1, No. 30 overall – Carolina Panthers
CBS Sports (Dane Brugler): Round 2, No. 44 overall – Oakland Raiders
CSN Mid-Atlantic: Round 2, No. 56 overall – Seattle Seahawks
DraftSite.com (DJ Boyer): Round 2, No. 36 overall – Baltimore Ravens
DraftTek.com: Round 1, No. 30 overall – Carolina Panthers
NESN (Nicholas Goss): Round 1, No. 26 overall – Seattle Seahawks
NFL.com (Bucky Brooks): High – No. 20 to New York Jets, Low – No. 41 to Chicago Bears
NFL.com (Chad Reuter): Round 1, No. 30 overall – Carolina Panthers
Pro Football Weekly (Nate Atkins): Round 1, No. 30 overall – Carolina Panthers
Sports Illustrated (Chris Burke): Round 2, No. 41 overall – Chicago Bears
Walter Football (Walter Cherepinsky): Round 2, No. 37 overall – San Francisco 49ers
The Super Bowl runner-up Carolina Panthers seem to be a favorite to take the Alabama star. A Cam Newton/Derrick Henry backfield may make for some awkwardness back in Alabama, but that could be a dynamic, incredibly hard to tackle duo in Charlotte.