Bucs Could Use An “Untouchable”January 21st, 2014
What would be more intoxicating than the Bucs having a dangerous speed threat in their passing game, a guy that could break off tight routes in the slot, rack up yards after the catch, and stretch a defense?
Perhaps only a beastly defensive end or retired Buccaneer Rachel Watson could inspire more excitement?
Tampa Bay hoped Kevin Ogletree would be that speed/slot guy in the passing game last season, but that was a mistake greater than banking on Da’Quan Bowers to strike fear into the hearts of NFL offensive coordinators.
The Bucs’ best hope of finding a dangerous No. 3 target behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams likely lies in the NFL Draft. Joe took note yesterday when former NFL receiver and current NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks shared how speedster Robert Herron, the pride of the woeful Wyoming Cowboys, turned heads at yesterday’s Senior Bowl practices.
» Wyoming WR Robert Herron: Herron opened eyes in the scouting community with his speed, quickness and route-running skills. He was untouchable in 1-on-1 drills against big, physical corners, showing exceptional burst and separation quickness. In addition, Herron used a variety of stems and releases to stack defenders at the top of the route to create separation with hard plants and head fakes. Herron’s surprising polish as a route runner took me by surprise based on his reputation as a speed demon. If he continues to impress as a slot receiver with big-play ability, Herron could make a huge jump on the boards heading into the NFL combine and pro-day workouts.
Joe’s researched Herron and he very well could run a sub-4.3, 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting combine next month. That doesn’t mean a hell of a lot (keep in mind Chris Owusu also possessed such blazing speed), but it would drive up his draft stock. Joe’s much more impressed by praise of Herron’s separation and polished route-running skills.
A high school track star, Herron was listed at Wyoming last season at 5-10, 187 pounds. He could be a guy that suits the Bucs in the third round, though the Bucs traded away their 2014 third-rounder for Darrelle Revis.