I had another opportunity to talk with scout Chris Landry on Steve Duemig's radio show on Friday. I wanted to get Landry's take regarding wide receiver Robert Herron, whom the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL draft a couple of weeks back.
Going into the draft, it was assumed that the Bucs would be looking to add to their depth chart at wide receiver—especially after the Bucs traded Mike Williams to the Buffalo Bills a month or so before the draft.
I wrote a story shortly after that trade which talked about why it would make sense to draft a wide receiver like Mike Evans of Texas A&M in the first round of the draft. That is precisely what the Bucs did on the first night of the draft on May 8.
But the Bucs were not done adding weapons for the passing game and quarterback Josh McCown. In Round 2, the Bucs selected tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Washington.
Then in the sixth round, the Bucs picked the 5'9", 193-pound Herron, who played his college football at Wyoming. As a member of the Cowboys, Herron had a very nice career, as he had 152 receptions for 2,025 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Herron's quarterback at Wyoming was Brett Smith, whom the Bucs signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the draft before releasing him earlier this week.
It was somewhat surprising that the Bucs were still able to select Herron in the sixth round of the draft, as CBSSports.com had Herron ranked as a fourth-round prospect.
Landry certainly was impressed with what Herron did at Wyoming:
"I love Robert Herron. No chance of him getting cut anytime soon. Trust me, he is a really good looking player. His body type is a lot like Steve Smith. I don't want to put him in that category yet, but he's kind of got that lower body strength.
"I like him. He represented great value. At a need spot. I think he's a make-it guy. No question about it, particularly for this team. I think he can play a couple of spots. I'm excited about what he can be, even without his quarterback (Brett Smith) there."
Between free agency and the draft, all of a sudden Vincent Jackson has some company at wide receiver. The Bucs added former Florida Gator Louis Murphy via free agency, then added both Evans and Herron in the draft.
The tight end position has also been expanded, as the Bucs added Brandon Myers via free agency and then drafted Seferian-Jenkins to go along with Timothy Wright.
What does this all mean? Josh McCown has to be smiling ear to ear with these new additions to the passing game.
Based on Landry's take on Herron, that smile might get even bigger.
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