Derrick Henry to forgo senior year, pursue pros

Should the Cowboys draft Henry with fourth pick? (1:54)

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith share their thoughts on whether the Cowboys should draft Alabama RB Derrick Henry with the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft. (1:54)

Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry will enter the NFL draft, a source told ESPN on Thursday.

The Heisman Trophy winner rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama's national championship win over Clemson on Monday night. Henry, at 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, ran for 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns this season.

ESPN's Todd McShay has Henry rated as the No. 2 running back in the draft and No. 37 overall. Henry trails only Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott, who has already declared for the draft, in McShay's rankings.

Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson has also seriously considered entering the draft, according to sources.

Defensive end Jonathan Allen and tight end O.J. Howard have weighed going pro, while defensive back Eddie Jackson and defensive lineman Tim Williams have announced they are returning.

Alabama will hold a news conference Friday at 3 p.m. ET for players to declare their draft intentions.

Before the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T, Howard told ESPN the team had voted not to receive their NFL draft feedback until after the game, to avoid distraction.

On Wednesday, four Clemson players announced that they will enter the draft.

The deadline to declare is Monday.