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Derrick Henry Discusses NFL Draft Grade, Preferred Destination, More

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11:  Derrick Henry #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2016

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry racked up the yards, accolades and trophies during a junior season that was one for the record books.

However, according to Michael Casagrande of AL.com, the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner didn't agree with the second-round draft grade the NFL's draft advisory board handed him.

"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."

After racking up 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns—both SEC records—Henry expected a first-round grade. Yet many consider the Ohio State Buckeyes' Ezekiel Elliott to be the No. 1 back in the draft, while Henry sits at No. 2.

Even with just one running back ahead of him, CBS Sports projects the player who ran for 158 yards and three touchdowns in a national championship game win over the Clemson Tigers to go in the late first or early second round.

Henry, who told Casagrande he hopes to land with the Dallas Cowboys, will have one advantage over other backs. 

"Nobody is going to outwork me," he said. "I'm going to push and work hard every day. I feel fee like hard work pushes you over the limit and makes you who you are. I'm going to work hard every day. Nobody is going to outwork me."

However, no amount of hard work is going to land Henry with the Cowboyswho hold the No. 4 selection—in the first round unless they trade down.

One knock on Henry is that some experts feel like he benefited from a talented offensive line at Alabama. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller provided a stat that proves he ran behind talented run-blockers:

Dane Brugler of CBS Sports wrote about Henry's weaknesses:

Like most big backs, Henry needs some space to get moving. He's not nearly as powerful running east to west. He also lacks ideal balance for the position, sporting a top-heavy frame and long legs which make it easier for defenders to tackle him low. This forces Henry to lunge, on occasion, rather than drive forward.

However, Henry is confident in his abilities and is going to focus on what he can do to get better.

"No, I'm not satisfied," he said, per Casagrande. "I'm never really satisfied. But all I worry about [is] what I can control."

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