After having a success NFL Combine and pro day, Derrick Henry is ready to meet with two teams that can really use a strong running back.
The former Alabama standout and 2015 Heisman-winner will workout for the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers in April, per NFL writer (USA Today) and SiriusXMNFL radio host Tim Pelissero.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 16, 2016
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 16, 2016
Henry shattered records last season, becoming the first back in Southeastern Conference history to rush for 2,000 yards in a single season. The 6-foot-3, 247-pounder totaled 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. He stands with SEC legends Vincent “Bo” Jackson and Herschel Walker for having four 200-yard rushing outings in a season.
NFL personnel projects Henry to be the second back taken, behind Ohio State prospect Ezekiel Elliott. The Yulee, Florida native posted a time of 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash, while displaying a 37.5-inch vertical at the NFL Combine.
Scouts got the opportunity to see his reliable hands in pass-catching drills at Alabama’s pro day on March 9.
Dallas has the running back position labeled as a top need, after it lost DeMarco Murray in 2015. Jonathan Stewart is a productive player but at 28 years old, he is headed toward the backside of his career. Carolina selected Cameron Artis-Payne from Auburn, yet the Panthers do not know how good he really is. Henry will more than likely be taken between the first and second round.