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Warren Herring, DT

School: Wisconsin  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fairview Heights, IL
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 287 lbs.
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Player Overview

A versatile, two-down defender for the Badgers, Herring was recruited as a defensive end and played his first three seasons on the edges, but Gary Anderson needed a nose guard to implement his 3-4 scheme so Herring moved inside as Beau Allen?s back-up in 2013 and the starter in 2014.

He moves well for the position with an active style to play on his feet, but if he doesn?t win with his initial quickness, he is usually locked up and a non-factor in the play. Herring was miscast in college at nose guard, but could have a future at the next level as a three-technique or base end and despite the limited experience or game tape, he is worth a draft pick.

Herring originally committed to Kansas State before changing his mind and signing with Wisconsin. After redshirting in 2010 and playing sparingly as a redshirt freshman and sophomore defensive end, he saw more snaps as a junior nose guard, including his first start (BYU), and recorded 17 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in 2013. Herring entered his senior season as the starting nose guard, but missed five games with a knee injury and started only eight games, finishing with 17 tackles and 2.0 tackles for loss.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Compactly built frame and clearly dedicated himself in the weight room to bulk up 50 pounds since high school before making the move inside. Active player who shuffles well laterally with coordinated footwork and some range to make plays outside the hashes.

Flexible joints and redirection skills for the position, displaying good chase skills in space. Quick initial movements to surprise linemen and force the issue. Stays low off the snap and usually plays with leverage. Good pop at contact with quick hands to shoot into blockers and make first contact. Strong hands/wrists to make one-handed stops.

Athletic bloodlines as both his mother (track) and father (football) were standout student-athletes at Southwest Missouri. Unselfish, team-first attitude with strong work ethic. Experienced at nose guard and defensive end.

WEAKNESSES: Undersized and his frame appears near maxed out with only average arm length. Too often pushed back or stonewalled after initial contact, lacking the core strength to consistently anchor or handle double-teams. Engulfed by blockers and struggles to work his way through bodies. Doesn?t get much push and needs to win with his initial quickness as a pass rusher. Too easily controlled by single blockers with unrefined shed skills, often ending up where blockers want him to go. Tends to wear himself out over four quarters. Played out of position at Wisconsin with a below average resume (only nine career starts). Durability needs vetted after missing five games early in 2014 due to a right knee injury.

--Dane Brugler

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08/08/2014 - Other Wisconsin prospects worth watching: DT Warren Herring, RS Senior...The back-up behind Beau Allen at nose guard last season, Herring has only one career start to his name, but has been a valuable reserve the last few years, seeing plenty of reps as part of the Badgers' defensive line rotation. He doesn't have ideal range to routinely play up and down the line of scrimmage, but he has the strength to hold the point and takes pride in doing the dirty work in the trenches. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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