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Derrick Henry isn't the bulldozer you think he is

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And that's probably a good thing.

Derrick Henry is huge.

Measuring in at 6'3, 247 pounds, the closest physical comparison that NFL Network pointed to at the NFL Combine was Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller. The eerily similar vertical jumps and 40-yard dash times sold the comparison well, but it doesn't serve to prove any point other than Henry is as big, fast and athletic as a linebacker.

With 2,219 yards and 28 rushing touchdowns in his final season at Alabama, the assumption is that Henry used that gigantic, high-cut frame to bulldoze through opposing defenses en route to the 2015 Heisman Trophy. But the reality is that the running back hardly ever trucked through tacklers the way you might think he did.

Instead, Henry rarely even attempted to run over defenders and it's a trait that might actually make him a more valuable prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Make no mistake, Henry broke tackles during his prolific 2015 season. But almost every time that came because he used angles well and kept defenders from making clean contact.

With vicious stiff arms and the vision to put defenders out of position, Henry is far too forceful to be slowed down by attempted arm tackles.

But when confronted by a tackler able to lower a shoulder into Henry, it looked like the running back's only goal was to fall forward. Once he was wrapped up, Henry seldom tried to drag defenders.

While it meant fewer highlights for the running back, Henry averaged 5.6 yards per carry in 2015, and plenty of that has to be attributed to his determination to fall forward. He also had more than 400 touches on the season, but managed to stay healthy and steered clear of awkward falls or unnecessary damage.

At times, Henry's refusal to keep his feet seemed to cost him potentially large gains. When 195-pound Texas A&M defensive back Justin Evans lowered a shoulder into Henry, the running back likely should've been able to keep his feet, but instead he resigns himself to going to the turf when he knows a player has him in the crosshairs.

In the NFL, Henry's best chance at being a star and a huge asset to a team is by staying healthy and durable as a bell-cow running back. With a tremendous amount of touches at the high school and collegiate levels, Henry has kept plenty of tread on the tires by not being the battering ram he probably could be.

Like a bigger and stronger version of New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings, Henry might break off an impressive play every once in a while, but his value is his ability to consistently find yardage.

Finding a reliable running back capable of avoiding negative plays and consistently falling forward is valuable, but the expectation for backs taken early in the draft is that they'll be able to create huge plays on their own. That's what makes Ezekiel Elliott the near-consensus best running back in the draft class. The Ohio State running back will almost certainly be a first-round pick thanks to his short-area quickness and lateral movement -- the traits of a running back who's able to take a 3-yard play and turn it into a highlight.

For Henry, he can take a 2-yard play and turn it into 4 or 5 yards. That's a big difference for NFL teams and the reason why he will likely be the second running back taken in the draft. If he can continue to get production without taking unnecessary hits, then Henry can be a star at the next level, too.