Memphis' Darrell Henderson picked by Rams in third round

By Updated: April 28, 2019 1:26 PM CT | Published: April 26, 2019 9:01 PM CT

The Los Angeles Rams selected former Memphis running back Darrell Henderson with the No. 70 pick in the third round of the NFL Draft.

The Rams made a trade to get the pick, sending two of their later picks in the third round – Nos. 94 and 99 – to Tampa Bay for the No. 70 pick, the sixth pick in the third round.

Henderson ended his career as the second-leading rusher in Memphis history with 3,082 career yards, and has the second-most touchdowns in program history, with 40 total touchdowns. The speedy back rushed for 1,909 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior last season. DeAngelo Williams is the only Tiger who has a leg up on Henderson statistically.

Despite being invited to attend the NFL Draft in Nashville, Henderson elected to spend his time in Mississippi, where he and his family live.

The former three-star running back committed to Memphis as part of the class of 2015. Instead of joining the Tigers under coach Justin Fuente, Henderson sat a season and was added to the roster under coach Mike Norvell’s first Tigers team in 2016.

Most of the early analysis of the pick by the Rams was that Henderson could provide some relief to running back Todd Gurley, who rushed for 1,251 yards in 256 attempts, recording 17 rushing touchdowns. The fourth-year back out of Georgia also had 59 receptions for 580 yards and four receiving scores.

Gurley was among the first on Twitter to welcome Henderson to the Rams.

Memphis is leaning on Patrick Taylor to carry the load out of the backfield next season. He rushed for 1,122 yards and 16 touchdowns alongside Henderson in 2018. Norvell added young running backs like Kenneth Gainwell, Kylan Watkins and Cameron Fleming to fill a hole at running back.

St. Jude Patient makes Seahawks pick

Owen, a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, stepped to the podium and announced that with the No. 47 draft pick, the Seattle Seahawks selected Marquis Blair, a safety from Utah.

Owen is cancer-free after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2012. He’s a lifelong Seattle fan who was joined on stage by Seahawks great Shaun Alexander.

Even after fighting ALL for two years, Owen still finds time to run, play football and be an ambassador for St. Jude. 

“I’m so excited to attend the NFL Draft and can’t wait to get to Nashville to make the round three pick for my favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks,” Owen said in a release. “It will be an amazing experience to be part of the draft, so I’m thankful for both St. Jude and the NFL for giving me this incredible opportunity.”


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Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan

Jonah Jordan was born and raised in Memphis, graduated from the University of Memphis and has covered the Memphis Tigers for three years. When he's not writing, he enjoys golfing and eating barbecue.

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