The Tennessee Titans completed their trio of second-round picks by drafting Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry of Alabama with selection No. 45.
Henry joins 2014 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in the Tennessee backfield and will get to learn at the feet of veteran DeMarco Murray, who was acquired by the Titans in an off-season trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Henry rushed for 2,291 yards last season as a junior for the Crimson Tide on his way to winning the Heisman and helping Alabama to win the NCAA National Championship.
Henry is an unusual pick in that the Titans just last month acquired veteran running back DeMarco Murray from the Philadelphia Eagles in a swap of fourth-round picks.
Henry said he wants to come in and compete with the veteran.
“I just want to come in and compete and get better every day. DeMarco is a great back and has had great success. I just want to come in and compete every day and make each other better,” Henry said.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson said the decision to draft Henry was because, “He’s a good football player, a really good football player. I think that was evident in winning the Heisman Trophy. He’s big, he’s physical, he’s fast. He fits the style of football we want to play.”