Bring Darrell Henderson to Halas Hall
The Bears could still make a splash in the draft despite not picking until the third round
With the seemingly imminent trade of Jordan Howard to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Chicago Bears went out shortly after and reached an agreement with former Seattle Seahawks running back Mike Davis to the tune of two years, $6 million with a maximum of $7 million that can be reached if Davis meets his incentives. Davis is an old-school, between-the-tackles back with great vision along with being deceivingly shifty in space for his size. In order to tackle this 5’9, 216-pound hard-nosed running back, you’re going to need to wrap him up and it wouldn’t hurt to bring a gang of bodies to the ball.
Special teams’ contributor and third-string running back Benny Cunningham was not re-signed and has since inked a deal with the New York Jets. This leaves the Bears with Tarik Cohen as the presumable starter complimented by Mike Davis, Taquan Mizell, and practice squad running back Ryan Nall. In the upcoming draft, the Bears don’t have a selection until the third round at pick 87 as a result of the Khalil Mack trade and the 2018 Draft Day swap where they moved up to select Anthony Miller. If Darrell Henderson is available in the third round with the 87th pick, it would be a steal for the Bears to select the 5’8, 208-pound running back from the University of Memphis.
Henderson is a special back who finished with over 3,000 rushing yards in 38 games at Memphis. He presents the ability to score every time he gets his hands on the ball, as he finished his college career with 44 total touchdowns — 31 of which were on the ground. Henderson hits the hole like he’s shot out of a cannon and if he gets to the edge, you’re not going to see much but the back of his jersey because he has a reservation for six in the endzone. In 2018, he led the nation with 8.92 yards per carry, was second overall with 22 rushing touchdowns, and also finished second with 146.8 rushing yards per game. In Henderson, you add another playmaker to the mix that fits Matt Nagy’s system for at least a few seasons. He has that home run ability and can be expected to contribute in his rookie season, just like former University of Memphis teammate Anthony Miller did last season for the Bears. With the Bears trading away their 2019 second round pick in order to move up and get Miller 51st overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, it could pave the way for Henderson to be selected at 87th overall, which would be a steal of a pick. However, if the Bears decide to go the offensive line or secondary route with that pick, some names to keep in mind are Dexter Williams from Notre Dame and Benny Snell from Kentucky who may be available in rounds four through seven.
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