NFL Draft Stock
Robert Herron is a senior wide receiver from the University of Wyoming. During his senior campaign he was second on the team in catches (72) and yards (937) and first in touchdowns (9). Six of his 12 games saw him total at least 90 receiving yards. His 11 catch, 141 yard, four touchdown performance against Hawaii was his crowning achievement. Herron left Wyoming as one of its most decorated wide receivers ever. Since 1970, he is ninth all-time in catches, eighth in receiving yards and fourth in receiving touchdowns.
The one thing that stands out when you watch Robert Herron is his speed. What he lacks in size at 5”9” 193 lbs., he makes up for in speed. His fastest official 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine was a more than respectable 4.48 seconds. With his relatively small size and good speed, Herron’s physique is ideal for the slot receiver position in the NFL. Though, don’t expect Herron to be a pushover in man-to-man coverage. He totaled 18 reps on the bench press at the Combine.
Obviously, teams will be hesitant due to his size and going man-to-man against bigger cornerbacks. This is why Herron would be so valuable in the slot position, enabling him to use his speed and agility to move across the field, run in open space, get lost in coverage and run screens, options, and reverses – all of which Herron excels at. Those abilities are also what would make him a good option as a kick/punt returner. There aren’t exactly a plethora of quality NFL slot receivers and return specialists, so his size gives him several advantages.
- He played on the same California high school team as Packers’ running back Johnathan Franklin.
- He doesn’t talk a lot in public; let’s his play do the talking.
- For such a fast guy it seemed like he was tardy for most of his classes.
- He borrowed my pen the week after being named National Player of the Week against Texas in 2012.
- He gave the pen back.
Early Fantasy Insight
At this point, Herron may not even be draft-able in 2014 fantasy leagues. For all we know, his main role could be on special teams as a kick/punt returner. Obviously, we need to see where he goes and what that team’s composition is, but odds are he won’t be in your starting lineup at all during the 2014 season. Then again, he could surprise some people, earn a spot as a starting slot receiver and catch 60 balls. Right now I’d say he’ll probably have a similar role to Tavon Austin, just without Austin’s reps or production. He might be more comparable to someone like Dexter McCluster.
As a best case scenario, as far as his career in fantasy football, I think he has the potential to be a poor man’s Randall Cobb. There’s no denying the physical resemblance, prototypical slot receiver mold and even Combine numbers. In fact, aside from Cobb’s 4.46 40-yard dash, Herron bested Cobb’s numbers in every category listed above. As far as NFL comparisons, Cobb is probably the best NFL comparison you can make for Herron. For a worst case scenario I’ll stick with McCluster.
Decision to Participate in the Combine
This was a pretty easy decision for Robert Herron. He comes from a low-key university in the Midwest that not a lot of people know of. Going to the Combine changed that. He finished in the Top 8 among wide receivers in the bench press and broad jump. The NFL Combine not only provides the opportunity for players to showcase their skills, but also to make connections with different NFL personnel. This was a vital part of the NFL Draft process for Herron, whose stock undoubtedly rose after his trip to Indianapolis.
I saw a recent mock draft that had Herron going late in the first round. While that isn’t out of the realm of possibility, I just don’t see him going that early. The wide receiver position is too deep this year and he won’t, or at least shouldn’t, be drafted in front of guys like Odell Beckham, Brandin Cooks, Kelvin Benjamin, Allen Robinson, etc. I definitely believe he has second day value. Right now, I’ll pencil him in going to the New England Patriots with the 93rd overall pick. It makes way too much sense with the likely departure of standout slot receiver Julian Edelman. He could also go one pick earlier to the Carolina Panthers, who will be looking to fill the gargantuan hole Steve Smith might leave behind.