Originally posted by DVDA:
I agreed with you before but I'm starting to change my mind. Dave Christensen and his "brilliant" spread offense was too predictable. Any team with a little defense had an easy time shutting Wyoming down. The protection in his shotgun offense did not hold up and led to a lot of quarterback pressure. You would have seen Herron be much more dominant if Wyoming had a competent head coach.
Herron still has some weaknesses that concern me. He had a habit of dropping passes here in Laramie. He does a good job of catching with his hands so I'm not too worried about that.
He has basically never been a returner at Wyoming. The 49ers rarely use a fourth receiver and almost never use their fifth receiver. It would be a waste of Herron's talents to let him sit the bench. I think the team would be better served having a return specialist in one of these slots unless Harbaugh and Roman realize they could get some favorable match-ups by spreading people with 4 receivers and VD.
I wouldn't be surprised if Herron doesn't run a 4.3 forty yard dash. I believe he'll run fast, but not that fast. What you will see from him is a great 10-yard split and he'll be very impressive in agility drills. His short area quickness is elite and will be why he'll succeed as an NFL receiver.
I could see Herron succeed as a #3 WR, just having him out on the field, the defense has to account for him, even if he only catches 1 out of every 5 passes thrown his way(his hands aren't that bad), defense's still have to account for him because if he gets behind them, with the cannon that Kaepernick has, that is trouble. It is a dimension that the 49ers offense has been missing for awhile, if you've got a guy that can really take it all the way to the house, defense's can lock in on the run as much as they've done in the past. If you have a major threat like Crabtree along with a guy like Herron plus VD, it becomes far more complicated to defend all of them and be able to keep enough guys up near the line of scrimmage to stuff the run.
I've never said he'll be a superstar and I do think he was kind of screwed over at Wyoming. I would happily take him with a 3rd round pick and utilize him to stretch the field vertically.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Jan 24, 2014 at 2:40 PM ]