5-9/203 Arizona State
Pros: Is a quick, shifty back that shows the ability to make guys miss on the second level. Is patient with nice balance and vision. Is a good cutback runner. Has a nice spin move. Occasionally will lower shoulder and deliver the hit to defender. Shows ability to pick up extra yardage after contact. Has nice hands.
Cons: Not very explosive out of his cuts. Can be tentative when he's running up the middle and contact is imminent. Most of his power comes against smaller defensive backs. Dances too much looking for big play or trying to bounce it outside.
Overview: Only started 14 games in his career. Missed some time early as a senior, but managed to finish with 401 yards and 3 scores. Best year came as a true freshman where he had 870 yards and 6 scores.
NFL Forecast: Herring is a third down option for some NFL team that likes his speed and receiving ability. He was never a really productive receiver in college (24 career receptions), but has potential to develop there. He'll need to improve in pass protection in order to stick. He could also provide something on special teams as a returner, despite limited work there. He'll just be a backup at the next level, but could be an effective change of pace back.
ATL Forecast: Herring might be worth a shot for the Falcons as a kickoff returner to keep Norwood fresher. But beyond that, he's probably not going to contribute much in Atlanta because he's not much of a better runner than the current backups on the roster. He could push Brown for a roster spot and if he was to land as the third down back would be decent, but nothing special.
Value: Herring is worth a seventh round pick for a team looking for a nice change of pace back that can potentially help on third downs.
Scouting Reports of running backs and fullbacks in the 2009 draft.
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