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Derrick Henry’s weight headlined day two of NFL Combine

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Is five pounds really a big deal?

Former Alabama running back and 2015 Heisman winner Derrick Henry arrived at Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday for the annual NFL Scouting Combine. He was taken for measurements Wednesday and was a bit surprised at the results. The Doak Walker Award winner measured out at 6-foot-3, 247 pounds. Henry enrolled at Alabama in 2013 weighing 240 pounds, and stood at 242 pounds last season.

Uncertainty behind him at running back forced Henry to put on some pounds, as he would be viewed as the “bell cow” in Lane Kiffin’s offense.

He became the first back in Southeastern Conference history to record 2,000 yards rushing in one season, amassing 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. Henry totaled nine 100-yard outings and four 200-yard rushing performances.

On-field drills for Henry will start on Friday as he intends to drop down to 241 pounds.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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