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Dan Herron

Dan Herron - #1 - RB

Height: 5-9 3/4
Weight: 213
Speed: 4.59
Arm: 32
Hand: 9
Wingspan: 75 3/4
Birthdate: 03/21/1989
Hometown: Warren, OH
Grade: 5.23


Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/09/2012 Ohio State Pro Day 5-9 3/4 209 9 1/8 31 1/4 76 1/4 4.59
02/29/2012 Combine 5-9 3/4 213 9 32 75 3/4 4.62 22 9'9" 35 4.08 11.60 6.98
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 5-9 1/4 212 9 31 5/8 75 1/2
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 5-9 1/4 217 4.55



Brother, David, appeared in 28 games as a linebacker for the Vikings, Chiefs and Chargers (2007-10). “Boom” prepped in Ohio before redshirting in ’07. Played 11 games in ’08, starting two, and carried 89 times for 439 yards (4.9-yard average) and six touchdowns with six receptions for 29 yards (4.8) and zero touchdowns. Sustained a concussion against Wisconsin and did not play against Purdue or Michigan State. Played 10 games in ’09 — started the first four and managed 153-600-7 (3.9) with 11-66-1 (6.0) receiving before ceding starts to Brandon Saine. Sprained his left ankle against Illinois, sat out against Indiana, aggravated the injury against Wisconsin and sat out two more contests against Purdue and Minnesota. In his first season as a featured tailback in ’10, he rushed for 216-1,155-16 (5.3) and grabbed 19-180-0 (9.5) in 13 games (nine starts). In December ’10, was suspended (along with four teammates) for selling his jersey, pants and shoes and receiving improper benefits. Was suspended by the NCAA for the first six games of the ’11 season after trading memorabilia for tattoos and cash plus being overpaid while working a summer job. Named the team’s MVP despite starting only seven games while racking up 134-675-3 (5.0) on the ground and 8-34-0 (4.3) through the air. Also has six career kickoff returns for 117 yards (19.5). Has five career fumbles in 636 touches and a 4.8-yard rushing average. Team captain. Graduated in December ’11.


Solid, well-proportioned, muscular build. Quad strength is evident in smooth acceleration. Fluid stride with nice leg extension. Enough lateral agility to jump cut, change direction and create another path for himself. Posted impressive 1.56 10-yard time and the second-best 20-yard short-shuttle time (4.04 seconds) of any back at the Combine, indicative of quicker-than-fast in-line run skill. Drops his pads into contact and generally takes care of the football. Good receiver — has soft hands and can adjust to throws. Has shown he can handle a 20-carry workload (see Wisconsin). Solid personal and football character. Has NFL pedigree.


Lacks elite top-end speed to break away. Average vision and instincts — searches for the hole instead of feeling or anticipating it. Misses some cutback lanes. Average hip flexibility and elusiveness. Is too easily turned in the hole, tripped by ankle tackles or brought down by a single tackler — does not have the wiggle to dance out of one-on-ones. Gears down to cut. Can finish runs more consistently. Was not asked to block much and could be overwhelmed in pass protection. Has been dinged and durability could be an issue.


A well-built finesse back who too often wants to duck in, bounce out and run small. Can appeal to multiple schemes as a role player, but could struggle to be more with durability concerns and pass-pro limitations.

Dan Herron's Draft Stock

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