Scouting Report: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
Another speedster that's not just a speedster
Does this draft class ever run out of quality wide receivers? Today’s prospect, Robert Herron, is yet another receiver who we like a lot. Like yesterday’s receiver, Brandin Cooks, he is a somewhat undersized receiver who plays bigger than he is. In fact, the more I watch Herron, the more he reminds me of another receiver who played above and beyond his size ... Laveranues Coles. True, Coles had about ten pounds and an inch or so on Herron, but they are very similar players. The most common thread being toughness or perhaps, fearlessness is a better word.
Not only is Herron tough and fearless, he is very talented. He’s a solid all-around receiver, but what makes him special is his movement. This kid has burst to spare. He’s got a great release off the line due to his strength and quickness. We think he can play both inside and outside at the next level despite his lack of height.
Let’s take a look at the former Wyoming Cowboy’s strengths as we see them.
- Speed - We’ll see what Herron runs in a few days at the Combine, but his functional speed on film is outstanding.
- Hands - Not only do we like his hands, but we like the way he catches the ball. He has strong hands and he hangs onto the ball in traffic as well as Odell Beckham Jr. or Brandin Cooks, two other smallish receivers we are completely sold on. Herron also has the ability to make spectacular catches at times.
- Routes - When you consider that he’s raw and that he had more carries than reception as a freshman, you have to be impressed with Herron’s routes and his ability to get open with remarkable consistency. It’s right there on tape and he did it at the Senior Bowl too.
- Running ability - He received 40 carries as a freshman, so he can run with the ball, as his game tape at receiver certainly suggests. Herron is tenacious with the ball in his hands.
- Toughness - This kid can take a hit and hang on to the ball and he’s fearless. He’ll fight for yards despite his small stature and he has an amazing ability to use power moves against bigger defenders.
- Intangibles - There are some kids, where maybe you worry about their past if they came from a tough place, but Herron seems to be a product of his past but in a really positive way. This kid plays with a chip on his shoulder and it really shows. It’s hard to imagine Herron failing from a lack of effort, determination or focus.
Here’s a look at Herron in 2012. I’ll update this footage when more good quality footage from 2013 is available.
Here's a recent highlight reel of Herron's.
Herron is a player on the rise and that’s true both in terms of his reputation and his game, which is still improving. If he’s available in round three of this year’s draft as some suggest he will be, he is a steal.
He’s a receiver who will be somewhat quarterback-dependent as smaller receivers often provide smaller windows to throw into, but we are convinced that Herron is a player who will make it. He’s a fit for just about any offense and he should contribute as a rookie. For fantasy purposes, he’s a dynasty option for sure and he could have some redraft appeal if he lands in the right place, like Denver or Detroit.
Other 2014 Scouting Reports:
- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A & M
- Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A & M
- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
- Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
- L'Damian Washington, WR, Missouri
- Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
- Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
- Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
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