The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added plenty of offensive talent in the 2014 NFL Draft, but one overlooked prospect is Robert Herron, a wide receiver whom they drafted out of Wyoming in the sixth round. While it’s easy to overlook a wide receiver taken late in the draft, especially after selecting Mike Evans seventh overall, Herron is a speedy playmaker who should be a contributor from Day 1.
Herron is a proven receiver as he played four years at Wyoming and finished his career with over 2,000 receiving yards and 152 receptions. At 5-foot-10 and 190-pounds he isn’t the same deep treat that Evans is, but Herron ran a 4.35 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine and will compete for the team’s slot receiver role during training camp.
Herron isn’t the type of player who will be running many deep routes, but he has incredible straight-line speed and enough elusiveness to be a constant home run threat when on the field. Although listed on the shorter side, Herron proved to be one of the toughest receivers in the country this past season and can surprise you every once in a while by breaking a tackle or two after catching a quick pass.
He did this against Texas in 2012 when he broke two tackles at once and then turned up field to score an 82-yard touchdown, all after catching the ball behind the line of scrimmage. These are the types of plays that Herron must make if he hopes to win that third wide receiver spot for the Buccaneers this offseason, and considering speed transfers I fully expect him to make an impact this coming season.
While it is generally tough for receivers to transition to the NFL because of the advanced route tree, Herron will be in the slot and required to only run a few different routes while also reading the defense. He may not be an instant starter for the Buccaneers in 2014, but he should be a key member of the offense during his rookie season as he’s an explosive athlete who can put six points on the board whenever he touches the ball.