The 2016 NFL Draft begins tonight. With the clock ticking down until the Los Angeles Rams make the first selection, Nike continues filling out its endorsement roster with future NFL stars. Moments ago, the company announced the signing of star running back Derrick Henry to a deal.
Henry, a unanimous All-American and Heisman Trophy winner in 2015, played three years at the University of Alabama, bookending his career with 2219 yards and 28 touchdown on the ground in his final season. Before attending Alabama, he set the all-time US high school rushing record, totaling 12,124 career rushing yards at Florida’s Yulee High School.
Henry is widely expected to be the second running back taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, after Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott. He is just the latest ’16 prospect signed by Nike ahead of the draft, joining the previously announced Elliott; quarterbacks Jared Goff, Paxton Lynch and Carson Wentz; defensive lineman DeForest Buckner; offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil; and wide receiver Will Fuller.
Additionally, today Nike announced the signings of offensive lineman Jack Conklin (Michigan State); wide receiver Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma); running back CJ Prosise (Notre Dame); linebacker Reggie Ragland (Alabama); defensive linemen A’Shawn Robinson (Alabama) and Jonathan Bullard (Florida); and safety Su’a Cravens (USC).