This is our Daniel “Boom” Herron Scouting report. Herron is a running back for the Ohio State Buckeyes, and is finishing up his senior season in 2011. For all of our other scouting reports go to our scouting report page
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5’10” 213 pounds, 32 inch arms, 9 inch hands
4.66 forty yard dash, 22 bench press reps, 35 inch vertical, 117 inch vertical, 6.97 3 cone drill, 4.04 20 yard shuttle, 11.60 60 yard shuttle
2011 Season: (through 11/12)
Games: 4 (missed 6 games due to NCAA suspension)
Runs with deceptive power
Good locker room leadership
Knack for finding the end zone
Durable (rarely misses playing time, plays through minor injuries)
Pretty good hands
Better pass blocker than most college running backs
Fights for yardage
Small for a power RB
Lacks NFL playmaker speed
NCAA violations may be a concern for some teams
Lacks vision at times
Player Comparison: Tim Hightower
Round Projection: 4th Round
Although Herron has never had the backfield solely to himself, he has progressed during his four years on the field. With over 300 carries in his junior and senior campaigns alone, Herron has maintained an average gain per carry of over 5.3 yards. He has a talent for moving the chains and finding the end zone (he has scored at least 1 TD in 14 of his last 17 games). He has broken several 20+ yard runs this season, after an extended offseason of training and working out, due to suspension, but rarely pulls away from all defenders for a long TD run. NCAA violations may concern some teams, but his overall character and leadership have been praised by players and coaches. He’s also an on the field leader. His combination of size and speed are good for the college game, but he is not fast enough to be a speed back, and not big enough to be an NFL power back. He has the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and is a solid pass blocker, but his college offense rarely used him in those regards.
NFLmocks preseason bio
Another player who will be suspended to start the season is RB Dan Herron, a guy who had just a huge season for the Buckeyes last year. Herron finished the 2010 campaign with 1,155 yards on 216 carries with 16 touchdowns, and he also added 19 receptions. Aside from the apparent off-field concern, Herron is a nice combination of size, speed, vision, power, and quickness. He isn’t Adrian Peterson by any means, but Herron is the type of guy who can definitely grow and succeed in the NFL. Quicker than fast though when he gets into the open field he is hard to bring down. Not really a change of pace back, but a guy who can make plays for you. I would put him in the fourth round discussion at this point, though some have him rated higher. He has excellent agility, but is not a great zone or outside runner. He is a power runner between the tackles who is at his best in open space. Definitely the type of back that likes to stick his shoulder down and drive ahead rather than use finesse or speed.
Highlights (CollegeFootballlive on youtube)