Dallas Cowboys 2016 NFL Draft: Derrick Henry Film Review

    The 2015 NFL season is over and now is the time where teams start to prepare for the 2016 . In this season, there may have not been a bigger surprise than . Switching to the No. 2 jersey, Henry emerged as the face of the .

    Rather than Leonard Fournette, Henry was the best from the SEC as well as in the nation. And while Henry has one game left in his junior year, the fact of the matter is that Henry will likely enter the . Let's take a look at the tape and see how Henry projects to the NFL.

    I think the first thing we realize with Henry is his power. At 6-foot-3, 240 pounds, Henry has the ability to run through soft tackles. It's clear that when he hits the hole, he's a hard person to bring down.

    Despite his size, Henry does an excellent job at getting to third gear when he gets past the second level of the .

    Another thing that Henry does so well is how he reads the defense. Henry is extremely patient, waiting for his blocks to set up before taking off. Here's an example of that.

    Despite being so big and powerful, Henry does a seamless job at getting through traffic, as is the case by this GIF below.

    Creativity at the hole is something Henry excels at. He's terrific at finding wiggle room and breaking tackles.

    Another thing that Henry does so well is how he gets in and out of his moves. Henry is extremely light on his feet and it shows when he is dodging defenders.

    Despite being a bigger guy, Henry does an excellent job with the stiff arm, as is the case here.

    Henry is a guy that may be a little overhyped coming into the NFL. In terms of the eye test, Henry is obviously one of the better playmakers in the nation. He excels at doing a variety of things. However, he's done all of this for Alabama, behind one of the best offensive lines in recent college football . Despite Henry's talent, for a team to get the most out of him, I believe Henry will need to enter an that already has a lot of talent.

    How does Henry fit in Dallas? For starters, the Cowboys got a ton of production out of . Despite taking the starting role over in Week 7, McFadden finished fourth in the league in rushing yards. Henry and McFadden are very similar in terms of their build and their playing style. Both perfectly fit the zone-blocking scheme the Cowboys deploy.

    Drafting Henry would mean that the Cowboys would be using their second-round pick on the guy. And while that may be a bit high for a back coming into the league with a ton of wear-and-tear, the Cowboys' offense is designed for a running back to carry the weight of the offense and relief of some pressure. Henry has the ability to do that if he can handle the workload.

    Games watched: , Texas A&M, Auburn, and Wisconsin.

    Next up on the docket:

    Ryan Ratty
    Ryan Ratty
    An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.


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    Kevin Black

    How about trading back into the first, like say 29 to 31, and get a 5th year option.

    Blue Star

    I don't want him unless he is 3rd round. Bama RB's leave a lot to deserve in the NFL.

    Jess Haynie

    No disagreement there, Blue. Bad track record. T.J. Yeldon is the only one in the NFL now who I'd view as an upgrade over McFadden.

    RJ Ochoa

    How do we feel about Mark Ingram? I'd say he's the best Bama back in the NFL right now.

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