WR ROBERT HERRON, WYOMING

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5’10” – 187 lbs. – 4.35e

STATISTICAL PROFILE:

2010: 6 – 57 – 0 receiving, 40 – 235 – 0 rushing
2011: 43 – 379 – 3 (8.8)
2012: 31 – 657 – 8 (21.2)

OVERVIEW:

Played some running back and some wide receiver as a freshman in 2010, appearing in ten of the Cowboys’ twelve games that season, then shifted to wide receiver full-time as a sophomore in 2011, a position he has maintained since. Missed four games as a junior.

STRENGTHS:

•    Has elite top-end speed, may be among the draft’s fastest players.
•    Emerged as a legitimate downfield threat in 2012, averaging 21.2 YPC.
•    Capable of running by defenders on fly and post routes downfield.
•    Does a nice job of tracking and adjusting to the ball downfield.
•    Relatively long arms for his height, giving him a solid catching radius.
•    Also contributes by producing gains on plenty of screen routes.
•    Typically lines up outside, but has played in the slot as well.
•    Has seen his production escalate each year he’s been in college.
•    Has only been a full-time receiver for three seasons, has some potential.

WEAKNESSES:

•    Height is below-average for an outside receiving option in the NFL.
•    Listed at 187 pounds but that may be generous, looks very thin on tape.
•    Overall polish as a route-runner is lacking, more of a screen/deep threat.
•    Doesn’t really offer much value on intermediate routes at this point.
•    Doesn’t have much experience separating against press coverage.
•    Yards-per-catch has only been at an elite level in one season (2012.)
•    Much (although not all) of his production has come against weak teams.

SUMMARY:

Herron emerged as one of the top deep threats in the NCAA in 2012, turning in some impressive performances against the likes of Texas; his blazing speed allows him to stretch defenses and draw additional coverage from safeties, and he can contribute as an effective option on screens as well. However, he does require some projection, as he typically plays against weaker opponents and is far from an impressive physical specimen. He must further refine his route-running in order to become a complete receiving option. RD 3-4

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