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  • 2019 Draft: With 70th pick, Rams select DARRELL HENDERSON, RB, MEMPHIS

    Player Bio
    Henderson became one of the top college running backs by the time he finished his three-year career with the Tigers. He was an Associated Press first-team All-American in 2018, finishing second in the country with 1,909 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on only 214 carries (8.9 average). The first-team All-American Athletic Conference performer also caught 19 passes for 295 yards (15.5 average) and three touchdowns in 13 starts (he sat out the team's bowl game to focus on the draft). Henderson also missed the team's 2017 bowl game due to injury but played in 13 games that year (10 starts) and led Memphis with 1,154 yards and nine touchdowns on just 130 carries (8.9 average) to garner second-team all-conference accolades. The 2014 Mississippi Gatorade High School Player of the Year (2,253 yards, 32 TD) played in all 13 games with six starts as a true freshman (87-482-5.5, five TD rushing; 20-237-11.9, three TD receiving). He also returned 25 kickoffs for 487 yards (19.5 average) and a score during his career.

    Analysis
    By Lance Zierlein
    NFL Analyst

    Draft Projection: Rounds 2-3

    NFL Comparison: Tevin Coleman


    Overview
    He checks in slightly undersized, doesn't have great vision and runs with a narrow base that makes him easier to tackle, but so far, those concerns haven't slowed him one bit. Big-play production is impossible to ignore, but his running style makes him best-suited to a complementary slasher role in a spread-based attack. In basketball, Henderson would be the explosive sixth man with the ability to swing certain games in your favor if he catches fire. On the ground or out of the backfield, Henderson can catch fire.

    Strengths
    Home-run hitter doesn't begin to describe his explosive production
    Averaged 8.9 yards per carry over last 344 attempts
    Movement has electric feel to it
    Quick acceleration turns to get-away long speed
    43 carries of 15-plus yards and 11 total touchdowns of 54-plus in 2018 alone
    Unusual contact balance for narrow-base runner
    Keeps feet moving at all times
    Hits and spins out of contact
    More physical than expected as run finisher
    Used on drop-offs and screens out of backfield
    Maintains potency as a pass catcher
    Shows ability to track and adjust down the field

    Weaknesses
    Comes in a little smaller than desired for an early down back
    Upright running style with narrow base
    Needs to get better at slipping solid contact
    Displays some hip tightness and is a one-track runner
    Plays too fast to effectively stack moves
    High center of gravity forces turn rather than cuts
    Faced light numbers in the box
    Touchdown runs happening in wide-open spaces
    Sees what is there rather than what is developing
    May not offer pass protection value on third down

    Sources Tell Us
    "He's really fast and those numbers for two years are hard to ignore but can he translate? When you go watch just the touchdown runs, there are a lot of bad fronts that he gets to feast on." - AFC college scouting director


  • #2
    Ian Kenyon
    @IanKenyonNFL

    Darrell Henderson was RB1 to me. Don't understand Rams investment there unless the prognosis on Gurley's knee is awful.

    9:55 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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    • #3
      Shane P. Hallam
      @ShanePHallam

      RB Darrell Henderson was my #4 RB in this class. He makes everyone miss in space and never stops moving. Great pass catcher and he is SO tough to bring down. He kicks too much outside and lacks patience sometimes. Had a ton of open holes, but he can do some things. #Rams

      9:55 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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      • #4
        Evan Silva
        @evansilva

        #Rams matched #Lions offer sheet to Malcolm Brown, then traded UP for str8 baller Darrell Henderson, whose 8.2 yards-per-carry average in 2018 tied for the highest in NCAA Division-I history since 1956.

        Telling.

        9:55 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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        • #5
          Pro Football Focus
          @PFF

          New Rams RB Darrell Henderson racked up a MASSIVE 6.16 yards after contact per attempt that led the nation among qualified RBs last year. #NFLDraft

          9:54 PM - 26 Apr 2019





          PFF Draft
          @PFF_College

          The Rams add RB Darrell Henderson from @MemphisFB at pick #70!

          Henderson is a big play waiting to happen - he recorded a class-high 27 runs of 20-plus yards in 2018; no other running back entering the draft had more than 17 such runs #NFLDraft

          9:55 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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          • #6
            Emory Hunt
            @FBallGameplan

            #Rams get my #1 RB in Darrell Henderson. Imagine getting another home run hitter to back up another home run hitter. Sean McVay #getsit

            9:53 PM - 26 Apr 2019

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            • #7
              8.9 ypc over 344 attempts!? That is promising. Please put him in the backfield WITH Gurley/Brown in a Pro formation to give DC's nightmares.

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                  • #10
                    To those wondering why we traded up to get Henderson at 70:

                    Pick 73: David Montgomery, RB
                    Pick 74: Devin Singletary, RB

                    Snead knew what he was doing.

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                    • #11
                      I really dont think anyone can seriously question the value of henderson in that spot. What it comes down is the interpretation that gurley must be a lot worse than everyone has been led to believe if we are willing to use two 3rd rounders to take a running back. At the minimum, it probably means in all liklihood that there is real long term uncertainty regarding the gurley situation and that they seriously intend to limit his carries.

                      In short, if they really are seriously concerned about gurleys knee, it changes the spin on what "need" means at that position and i am a HUGE fan of malcolm brown but henderson is a different kind of back, different skills. I sure hope he can pass block or at least they can teach him how to do so.

                      ramming speed to all

                      general counsel

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by general counsel View Post
                        I really dont think anyone can seriously question the value of henderson in that spot. What it comes down is the interpretation that gurley must be a lot worse than everyone has been led to believe if we are willing to use two 3rd rounders to take a running back. At the minimum, it probably means in all liklihood that there is real long term uncertainty regarding the gurley situation and that they seriously intend to limit his carries.

                        In short, if they really are seriously concerned about gurleys knee, it changes the spin on what "need" means at that position and i am a HUGE fan of malcolm brown but henderson is a different kind of back, different skills. I sure hope he can pass block or at least they can teach him how to do so.

                        ramming speed to all

                        general counsel
                        Regardless of injury, I think that needed to happen. He's led the league in carries over the past 2 years, and we have far too much money invested in him to drive him into the ground.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by general counsel View Post
                          I really dont think anyone can seriously question the value of henderson in that spot. What it comes down is the interpretation that gurley must be a lot worse than everyone has been led to believe if we are willing to use two 3rd rounders to take a running back. At the minimum, it probably means in all liklihood that there is real long term uncertainty regarding the gurley situation and that they seriously intend to limit his carries.

                          In short, if they really are seriously concerned about gurleys knee, it changes the spin on what "need" means at that position and i am a HUGE fan of malcolm brown but henderson is a different kind of back, different skills. I sure hope he can pass block or at least they can teach him how to do so.

                          ramming speed to all

                          general counsel

                          If the value is there, I don't see any reason for anybody to declare the sky is falling regarding Gurley's knee. Rams paid FA money to bring in Dunbar, and nobody flinched. But he got hurt and Rams were never able to utilize him. As a result, Rams have had a backup to Gurley's pound (Brown&Andersen), but have not been successful with anybody to be a full time performer on passing plays. Way I see it, Gurley is so dynamic, he literally warrants two backups.... one for passing situations, and one for running situations.

                          Saints have done great with the Ingram/Kumara combo.... i suspect the Rams are looking at that type of offensive flexibility... regardless of whether it's Gurley or Brown as the starter.


                          What the pick really means, is one of Justin Davis or John Kelly are not going to make the 53 this August. And I'm pretty sure it'll be Davis.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by KoaKoi View Post

                            ... Regardless of whether it's Gurley or Brown as the starter.

                            ' G A S P ! ' ... 'O'


                            What the [70th] pick really means, is one of Justin Davis or John Kelly are not going to make the 53 this August. And I'm pretty sure it'll be Davis.

                            Agreed.

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                            • #15
                              So Don't see the value in this pick...more a situational player that has too many tells as a season progresses and how other teams will defense him if he is on the field. What the Rams needed as a Gurley 2.0--not getting that needed a Gurley like player...maybe not a good but damn good compared to the rest of the RBs in the NFL

                              Good hands-yes
                              Quick-sure
                              Presents defensive problems-definitely

                              His liability is the {x} factor tarnishes as time wears on... on a 2nd and 8 if he is mostly used a lot to be a WR or for lets say reverses, it will not be long that defenses know what to que themselves for {the Rams don't need a Trevon Austin revisited theme}. For Henderson to be of value, he has to have as many as if not more "options" as Gurley presents when he is on the field. Personally I think the Rams got too cute mirroring KCs play book with this pick

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                                114.0 INCH
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