Historical Comps for Derrick Henry’s Rookie Season

In another look at the rookie season for notable running backs in 2016, we come to the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of the Tennessee Titans. Let’s take a look and see how his first year in the pros compared to other rookies of recent years. I set the RotoViz Screener:
to find rookies from 2010 – 2016, and selected some basic production and usage numbers as variables. I also included draft pick. The influence of draft pick on a player’s opportunity declines over time, but it’s still relevant heading into a player’s second season. Then I asked the Screener to find seasons comparable to my target player.

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By Neil Dutton | @ndutton13 | Archive

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  1. This situation reminds me of Shaun Alexander/Ricky Watters... Watters was a stud until he got injured and Alexander never looked back after taking the starting role.

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