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Report: Alabama's Derrick Henry intends to enter 2016 draft

Alabama running back Derrick Henry reportedly intends to enter the 2016 NFL Draft.

After leading the Crimson Tide to the national title, Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner, is moving on to the next level, according to ESPN's Joe Schad.

Henry rushed for 2,219 yards in 15 games for the Crimson Tide, with 28 touchdowns, recording four 200-yard games in SEC play against Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn. He ends his college career with a school-record 20 consecutive games with a rushing touchdown. NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah wrote last month that Henry drew multiple comparisons to former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs from NFL executives.

Henry rushed for 158 yards Monday in the CFP title game against Clemson, a 45-40 Alabama win, including a 50-yard touchdown to open the scoring.

With the running back position devalued in the draft in recent years, Henry's draft stock isn't easy to assess. One former scout sees the 245-pound power rusher as a likely fourth-round pick, though his production and physical attributes could demand a higher grade. Henry would be the sixth consecutive starting running back under Alabama coach Nick Saban to enter the draft early, following Glen Coffee, Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon.

Alabama typically holds a news conference to formally announce which of its underclassmen are foregoing their NCAA eligibility for the NFL draft. It could include Henry, DL A'Shawn Robinson, DE Jonathan Allen and TE O.J. Howard, among others.

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