The San Francisco 49ers need a deep-threat wide receiver, that’s a need that is obvious. What wasn’t so obvious was the fact that they sent a Regional Scout to dissect Wyoming’s WR Robert Herron at his Pro Day today. A player from the Mountain West Conference, there is no question that 49ers GM Trent Baalke covets that conference. The same conference that QB Colin Kaepernick came from back in 2011, he is no stranger to selecting talent from the MWC. Not to mention, the 49ers have already sent Director of College Scouting Matt Malaspina to look at TCU’s CB Jason Verrett who also plays in the MWC, it’s not surprising to see them look at another diamond in the rough in Herron.
A player with the speed to be a vertical deep threat between the 20′s, Herron had a solid NFL combine last month. At 5-foot-9 and 193 pounds, Herron showed off his athleticism as he knocked out 18 reps on the bench press, 35.5-inch vertical, and 125-inch in the broad-jump. However, his suspect 4.48 40-yard dash raised some red flags as that was his ticket to the NFL. Well, rest assured that he will be fine as he redeemed himself at today’s Pro Day with a blazing sub 4.3 time.
However, the knock on Herron is that he plays “soft.” A player that does not like to go across the middle while being timid to extend his arms with safeties breathing down his neck, Herron will need to change that mind set in the NFL. And with his questionable down field blocking skills, that certainly should be a concern, as last year’s fourth-round pick WR Quinton Patton was the total opposite.
With Herron projected to go in the fourth or fifth-round it will be interesting to see if they grab him, as they are likely to take a wide receiver in the first three-rounds.