Discussion in 'Draft Day Zone' started by Hostile, Apr 21, 2005.
Steelers select...Noah Herron RB Northwestern
Strengths: Possesses excellent size and is capable of wearing defense down given enough carries. Runs with good power, rarely goes down with first hit and does a nice job of picking up yards after contact. Rarely drops passes that should catch and is capable of running defensive backs over in the open field. Plays with a good motor and has the potential to develop into a quality special teams' contributor.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal burst, isn't fast enough to consistently turn the corner and doesn't have the second gear to outrun defenders in the open field. Doesn't have great lateral mobility, lacks ideal vision and doesn't always exploit cutback lanes. Doesn't play with a mean streak as a blocker and isn't strong enough at the point of attack to move to fullback at this point. While is a reliable safety valve as a receiver out of the backfield doesn't show great burst getting out of cuts and will have some problems creating separation working against man coverage at the next level.
Overall: Herron red-shirted in 2000 and he appeared in the first eight games in 2001before a stress fracture in his foot forced him to miss the remainder of the season. Herron saw significant playing time backing up Jason Wright in 2002 and 2003. He took over as the Wildcats' starter in 2004, when he rushed for 1,381 yards and 14 TD's on 274 carries and 351 receiving yards and one TD on 36 catches. Herron's versatility is his biggest asset. He is powerful runner between the tackles, who catches the ball well and is an adequate blocker in the passing game. The problem is that he lacks the speed and explosiveness to project as a consistent contributor in the NFL. He lacks the burst to turn the corner as a runner,, he isn't much of a threat after the catch as a receiver and he isn't physical enough as a blocker. Herron has improved his draft value with a strong senior campaign and a good showing at the Senior Bowl, but he's still nothing more than a mid-to-late round prospect.
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