In a move that will surprise absolutely no one with a lick of sense, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad is reporting that Derrick Henry has decided to leave school early and enter the 2016 NFL draft this April. The move is not official, although it’s been expected since even before this past season had even kicked off.
Henry, along with other undeclared and draft-eligible Tide players, will make their decisions public in short order, perhaps as early as today.
Henry, of course, became the second player in Alabama’s storied history to win the Heisman Trophy, beating out fellow finalists Deshaun Watson of Clemson and Christian McCaffrey of Stanford for the honor this past December. He will likely be one of the first running backs selected in the April draft.
Henry’s 2,219 yards rushing were tops in the nation, while his 147.9 yards per game were second to LSU’s Leonard Fournette (162.8). The 28 rushing touchdowns Henry scored this season were also a nation’s best.
UPDATED 4:58 p.m. ET:Alabama announced in a press release that there is a press conference scheduled for 3 p.m. ET Friday in which the draft-eligible players will discuss their individual NFL decisions.