Robert Herron NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Buccaneers WR

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Robert Herron NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Buccaneers WR
Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming (5'9⅛", 193 lbs)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sixth Round: 185th Pick 

NFL Comparison: Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns

 

 

Combine Weigh-In
Height Weight Arm Hand
5091 193 30 1/2" 9 3/4"

NFL.com

Combine Workout
40-Yd Dash 10-Yd Split Vertical Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.48 1.56 35.5" 10'5" 6.84 4.27

NFL.com

 

Positives

  • Prototypical slot receiver for the NFL.
  • Plenty of experience both in the slot and out wide.
  • Well built for his size and capable of bouncing off would-be tacklers. 
  • Primarily played running back as a freshman, which shows up in his running style after the catch.
  • Straight-line speed isn't quite elite, but it's dangerous enough that opponents must respect his ability to break free down the field. 
  • Change-of-direction ability ranks among the top receivers in this draft class. 
  • His speed, agility and diminutive size make him slippery when weaving through traffic after the catch.
  • Impressive leaping ability gives him the tools to make some plays on 50/50 balls, despite his lack of height. 
  • Shows flashes of ability in his route running, occasionally losing defensive backs with double moves and subtle fakes. 
  • Shows great body control when adjusting to poorly placed passes. 
  • Large hands for his size, which clearly helps him as he hauls in nearly everything thrown his direction.
  • Limited experience against top competition, but always stepped up in the biggest games. 
  • Has the overall skill set of a return specialist and may be given an opportunity in that area despite limited experience in college.

 

Negatives

  • Height may limit him to a role in the slot. 
  • Route running can be sloppy at times—he had the pure speed to win most of his battles against lower-level competition and didn't always focus on running the most crisp routes. 
  • Ran a fairly basic set of routes in Wyoming, limited primarily to simple deep routes (fly, post, corner, etc.) and short screens and slants.
  • Almost no experience on special teams (just three kick returns, zero punt returns).
  • Level of competition raises some concern, as it's difficult to see just how well his speed and agility translates against defenses with more balanced talent.
  • Below-average blocking skills and generally doesn't give a great effort. 
  • Serious durability concerns due to size and history of nagging injuries—missed four games in 2012 with a shin injury, missed time with a concussion and another unspecified injury in 2010.

 

 

 

Collegiate Statistics
Year School Rec Yards Yds/Rec TD
2010 Wyoming 6 57 9.5 0
2011 Wyoming 43 379 8.8 3
2012 Wyoming 31 657 21.2 8
2013 Wyoming 72 937 13.0 9

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Personal Notes

  • Overcame a tough upbringing, as detailed by Bleacher Report's B.J. Kissel.
  • Honorable mention All-Mountain West in 2012 and 2013.
  • Played running back in high school and as a freshman at Wyoming.
  • Also ran track in high school.

Chart created at nces.ed.gov

 

Overall

Herron's skill set compares favorably to LSU's Odell Beckham, who is regarded as a potential first-round selection. Both are undersized, but have a combination of speed and agility which makes them extremely dangerous.

The main difference between the two is in their route running. Beckham is among the best in this class, while Herron still trusts his raw talent a little too much and hasn't refined the technique necessary to excel at the next level. As a result, Herron probably comes off the board a few rounds after Beckham, but he definitely has the tools to play at a high level if he continues to develop.

 

Draft Projection: 3rd-4th round

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