It would be nice if players who graduate or declare for the NFL Draft could choose the team they want to play for. While it is not the case and there is a selection process, sometimes, the right plyer falls to the right team and there is an instantaneous connection.
Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry is hoping that is the case with the Dallas Cowboys. The Alabama star made it known that he wants to play in Dallas for the 2016 season. It just so happens the Cowboys are a team that needs a dependable starting running back in their offense.
In a story that appears on Sports Illustrated website, Henry was crystal clear that Dallas is the city he wanted to play football in on the next level.
Henry also talked about his second-round grade given by the NFL’s draft advisory board, saying that he will not be satisfied unless he is taken in the first round.
“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.”
I have compared Henry to both Earl Campbell and Eric Dickerson based on his size, power and speed and would make the Cowboys offense more productive. Dallas was a team decimated by injuries this past season. An aging and injury-prone Tony Romo, along with Dez Bryant – who spent time on the injury list as well – and an offensive line that is solid, would welcome someone like Henry to the fold. The only question is where would he be drafted and would Jerry Jones, who is known for his draft magic, pull the trigger to grab him in the late part of the first round or early in the second round?
Dallas chooses fourth overall in the Draft, which is way too high for Henry to be taken.
Last season, Jones and the Cowboys had their eyes on another Crimson Tide running back – TJ Yeldon – who was drafted in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
SCHOTTENHEIMER RETURNS TO THE NFL
Former Georgia offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer wasn’t out of work long.
Dawgnation.com is reporting that Schottenheimer, who has had experience in the NFL as offensive coordinator in St. Louis, will be hired as the quarterbacks coach for the Indianapolis Colts.
ESPN’s Adam Caplan reported this on his Twitter account and is part of the story on the college team’s website.
Source said to look for Brian Schottenheimer to join #Colts as QBs coach.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) January 17, 2016
Schottenheimer’s new job would mean he would no longer be calling plays like he did in Georgia. Rob Chudzinski has been retained as Indianapolis’ offensive coordinator after replacing Pep Hamilton. The NFL lines run deep in Schottenheimer’s family. He is the son of former NFL head coach Marty Schottenheimer.
Schottenheimer was not retained by Kirby Smart when he was named head coach, replacing Mark Richt who has since been named head coach at Miami.
MAKING CHANGES IN THE COACHING STAFF
The University of Florida has announced they are parting ways with their defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan after only one year with the school. Callahan was hired by Jim McElwain to join his first staff once he came to Gainesville.
The Gators secondary was one of the best in the nation last year and will be without three of their four starters next season. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, All-American cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, safety Keanu Neal and nickel corner Brian Poole are all leaving for the NFL. Marcus Maye, a redshirt junior safety, has still not decided if he will return to UF for his senior season.
The team will still have plenty of depth at the position for whoever replaces Callahan on the staff.