- A closer look at the Bengals picks: Round 6/191 - Dan "Boom" Herron, RB, 5-10, 213, Ohio State...Doesn't have great speed but his strength is running between the tackles. He is another guy though whose route to the roster depends on special teams contributions. - The Sports Xchange
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On the heels of an All-Big Ten junior season -- 1,155 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns -- Herron had only about one-half a season to set his draft status after being suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of 2011 for selling parts of uniforms he wore during games. In seven games as a senior, he rushed for 678 yards and averaged 5.0 yards per carry.
NFL teams won't see the suspension as a major impediment to his having a very good pro career, as his straight-line speed, quick feet and strength between the tackles should allow him to be picked in the top half of the draft.
Positives: Possesses quick feet and straight-line speed but doesn't have the elite burst to be a constant big-play threat. Improving patience as a runner, following pulling guards and makes good decisions on his cut. Difficult to bring down one-on-one in space, regularly sidesteps would-be tacklers and uses off-hand to use oncoming defenders' momentum against them without slowing down significantly.
Negatives: Lacks size to be a true power back, will not move piles at the next level. Lacks a true burst through the hole and elite speed to break away or get the corner against NFL defenses. Inconsistent hands. Offers little in pass protection and poor technique cut blocking, fails to do more than slow down blitzers by laying down in front of them.