Darrell Henderson

Memphis
RB

Prospect Info

College
Memphis
Hometown
Class
MS
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 8"
208 lbs
31”
Hands
8 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.75
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
Los Angeles Rams
Rams
Round 3 ‧ Pick 6
40 Yard Dash
4.49u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
22
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
121.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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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.
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

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league