Heisman winner Derrick Henry wants Cowboys to draft him

The biggest problem for the Dallas Cowboys in 2015? Injuries to Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Lose your top quarterback and wide receiver and you're going to struggle on offense. But let's not pretend the running game was great, either.

Losing DeMarco Murray to the Eagles and trying to replace him with Darren McFadden/Joseph Randle did not work out well. So the Cowboys might be interested in drafting a running back. At least one running back is interested in them drafting him.

According to AL.com, Alabama running back Derrick Henry, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner who declared for the draft following the Crimson Tide's national championship victory, has targeted the Cowboys as his preferred destination.

"I feel like it has a great organization," Henry said.

The mammoth workhorse averaged 33.3 carries per game over the Tide's final eight games against FBS competition and could very well be the next Alabama back drafted in the first few rounds. 

Before Henry it was T.J. Yeldon, before Yeldon it was Eddie Lacy, before Lacy it was Trent Richardson and before Richardson it was Mark Ingram. Quite the stable for Nick Saban. 

The only problem is Henry probably won't get all the things he wants when it comes to the draft. He also said he's set on proving anyone who thinks he's not a first-round pick wrong. Henry was given a second-round grade before the draft and didn't appreciate it.

"I feel like, just because I got my grade, it doesn't mean I'm not going to be first round," Henry said. "I feel like what I do and how I test at the combine and work out. I feel like I will be first round. There's no doubt in my mind that I won't be."

He might very well end up being a first-round pick if someone really needs a running back, although the economics of backs (not to mention the cost of a fifth-year option) make it less desirable to burn an early pick on one.

As far as Dallas goes, they're sitting at No. 4 overall. And they've got way too many issues -- and way too many high-end players available -- to burn that pick on Henry.

Derrick Henry would love to play in Dallas. (USATSI)
CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Store
NFL Nike Gear
Our Latest Stories