At one point after the draft, I suggested that the Cowboys should have considered taking defensive back Jalen Ramsey with the No. 4 overall pick and running back Derrick Henry in round two, instead of running back Ezekiel Elliot with a top-five pick and linebacker Jaylon Smith in the second round. I probably should rethink that one.
I should rethink it not because of the non-narrative narrative that former Alabama tailbacks arrive at the next level with less tread on the tires. I should rethink it because of how Henry uses the wheels on which the tread resides.
Evidence recently emerged of Henry doing footwork drills at rookie minicamp, and it was rough. Very rough.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com posted video of Henry struggling through a not-so-daunting gauntlet of pads. While it may not matter much for a north-south runner who excels at putting one foot in front of the other, most would assume that professional athletes possess a higher degree of coordination and dexterity.
Derrick Henry surprisingly doesn’t.