Also Conidered: Texas Tech, Northwestern
Scouts, Inc. Evaluation
Herod is a kid that grows on you the more you watch him and while he is not a burner by any means, he is extremely athletic, tall and elusive. For a tall and lanky player with a lean frame, Herod is extremely elusive and smooth — which makes it difficult for defensive backs to get a clean shot at him off the line. He lulls defenders to sleep as a route-runner. Has long arms and a long stride. Builds speed off the line, but at this stage is a fairly crisp route-runner due to his elusiveness and wiggle. Covers a lot of ground in few strides, but does not possess sudden or explosive change-of-direction to gain separation out of the break when matched up against quicker, speedier defensive backs. He must rely on his long arms to gain position and shield defenders from the ball. He possesses very quick hands and extends away from his pads to consistently haul in passes thrown outside of his frame. Has a wide catching radius, good body control and flexibility to adjust to poorly-thrown balls. Has the height and wingspan to be a significant factor in time on the jump ball, once he develops more bulk and upper-body strength to time jumps and position himself. Displays very good sideline awareness and the ability to work back to the football. Is more of a threat after the catch than his speed indicates because he is tough to get a clean shot at. Rarely goes down upon first contact and can stutter-stall defenders in the open field and gain extra yards after the catch. We don’t know how many footraces he will win at the next level, but his yards after catch are impressive for a player of his size. He has a lot of tools to become a very good route-runner and productive guy in the red zone because of his impressive measurables. The weight room is going to be critical for his development. Good prospect.