Darrell Henderson

RB, Memphis

  • Conf AAC
  • Jersey #8
  • Class Junior
  • HT 5'9"
  • DOB --
  • WT 200 lbs





    Feet - Executes dynamic and aggressive cuts that land his feet well outside of his shoulders. Does well to position his frame to attack gaps. Generates good burst off his plant foot and times hits cuts well. Strings together moves with good timing.

    Vision - Hit or miss. Took advantage of light boxes with fresh legs given his role on the offense. Has a tendency to widen his tracks. Most effective working off blocks and reading leverage. Could be more consistent if he didn't get overly greedy at times.

    Pass Protection - Has limited experience in pass protection and his frame doesn't profile well to the role. Reps I observed revealed inconsistency framing rushers and staying square. Would need major development to not represent a liability in the NFL.

    Receiving - Primarily used as a screen and swing guy where his ability to create in space is highlighted. Will need to evolve as a route runner to claim a more expansive role in the NFL. Not a consistently clean catcher of the football.

    Balance - Illustrates outstanding balance when cutting, changing directions and working laterally. Absorbs contact extremely well and has a low center of gravity. Does well to sustain himself through hits. While he isn't a power runner, a fair amount of would be tacklers slide off his frame on account of his balance and ability to set opponents up in space.

    Elusiveness - Smooth, shifty and difficult for opponents to square up in space. Glides laterally and executes smooth jump cuts. Features outstanding agility and control. Has effective wiggle to shake tacklers and create in space.

    Power - Illustrates good contact power when he's able to generate some steam but he lacks the lower body power if challenged quickly.

    Competitive Toughness - Competes within his capabilities but wouldn't project him to grind out tough yards in short yardage situations. Battles for extra yardage and works hard to fall forward.

    Versatility - Has most of his success attacking the edges and receiving touches in space. Modest ability between the tackles and hasn't been asked to take on an extensive role in the passing game. Does not project favorably to function in pass protection.

    BEST TRAIT - Balance

    WORST TRAIT - Pass Protection

    RED FLAGS - None

    Henderson offers a blend of quickness, elusive traits and vision to provide a fairly dynamic offensive weapon. While he doesn't quite have the dynamic long speed of a true home run threat, his production per touch in college was unbelievable. While I don't foresee a feature role in Henderson's future, I do believe he can be a complementary piece in a stable of backs where he gets touches in space and attack the edges. His limitations in pass protection, power and need to develop as a receiver temper his projection.

    Round Grade - Third Round Value