Derrick Henry, the Heisman trophy winning running-back from Alabama, is getting ready for the NFL draft in April just like every other player in his draft class. Henry had a number of great accomplishments in his final year with Alabama. He took home the Heisman Trophy, the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Award. He was also named first-team All SEC, and he was unanimously selected as an All-American. Henry had 395 carries in his final season with Alabama. That was 68 more carries than the NFL’s leading rusher Adrian Peterson. This proves that Henry can take a big work load, but for how long is the question. However, with all of the accomplishments that Henry received, he is still regarded as the second best running back in the 2016 NFL Draft. Ezekiel Elliott from Ohio State is believed to be the top prospect. It is weird how you can win the Heisman Trophy and then only be projected in the top 40 or 50 picks. Some people think Henry won’t even be chosen until the second round. The Dallas Cowboys just picked up Alfred Morris from the Washington Redskins, but they will surely be looking at Henry and deciding whether to take him or not if he falls to the second round.
On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys signed Alfred Morris, who was a former Redskins running back, to a two-year deal. As of right now, Darren McFadden will still be the starting running back, but Morris will have a crucial role in the running back position as well. During his first three years as a Washington Redskin, Morris rushed for more yards than anybody in the NFL except Marshawn Lynch. The Cowboys expect Alfred Morris to be very productive behind their excellent offensive line. Since the Cowboys picked up a running back, they will most likely not go after Ezekiel Elliot, the running back from Ohio State, in the draft anymore. There are rumors that the Cowboys are looking at free safety Jalen Ramsey from Florida State. The Cowboys lacked success in the secondary the last few years, and they are looking for someone to turn their defense around. Besides a corner back they are also looking at drafting a defensive lineman as well. The Cowboys are in need of players in mainly every position on the defensive side of the ball. I think Morris will be a good fit in the offense for the Cowboys. They need someone to give them that spark to start off the year in a positive way.
Tony Romo had surgery on his collarbone Tuesday to heel his injury from the 2015-16 season. It is going to take him 6-8 weeks to go through the recovery process. Romo has injured this collarbone three different times in the past 6 years. Romo should be on track to return in time for offseason practice. Tony Romo only started 4 games last season which is the fewest in his entire career. This was also the worst record the Cowboys have had since Romo has been the starter. Tony Romo’s contract is through 2019 and most people believe he still has multiple years in him. However, with all of the injuries that Romo has gone through recently, it is hard to have faith that he will stay healthy. The team may try to draft a quarterback or pick up one in free agency for when Romo does go down again. Romo has always been looked at as the longterm quarterback. Cowboy players and fans all hope that he will stay healthy for the future, and lead the team back to their winning ways. The Cowboys need a spark to find their talent once again, and maybe Romo can be the one if he can stay healthy.
The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff have been scouting out players at the combine this past week. It is obvious to most people that the Cowboys have a lot of work ahead of them, and putting the right player in the right spot is most important. The Cowboys will need a good recruiting year to sharpen up the mistakes from last year. One thing at the top of the list in Dallas is to improve their pass rush. Everyone that watched the Super Bowl saw Denver’s pass rush and it was unlike any other teams. Getting to the quarterback is a major part of the game, and Dallas definitely needs improvement in this area. On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys are in need of a running back. Darren McFadden proved himself last year, however, some people still question whether he can stay healthy and for how long. It would be nice to draft a running back that will be there for at least a couple of years and that you know will perform. A quarterback is also something that Dallas could focus on depending if they want to draft one or if they want to pick one up in free agency. No matter what happens it will be interesting to see who the Cowboys draft with their early picks.