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May 10, 2014 @ 3:12 pm
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Tampa Bay Drafts Shifty WR Herron In 6th Round

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Eric Dellaratta

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The Buccaneers finished off the 2014 draft by selecting Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron, a 5-foot-9, 195 pound pass-catcher with incredible speed and a technically-sound game to the Buccaneers. Herron projects as an ideal fit as a slot receiver for Tampa Bay.
For the first time in Buccaneers history, Tampa Bay selects offensive players with all of their draft picks. The team added their receiving corps by selecting Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron in the sixth round on Saturday.

“I am just excited, it was a long wait but I feel like it was the best position for me to go and I am just ready to get to work," Herron said on a conference call with the media late Saturday afternoon.

As a senior, Herron posted 72 catches, 937 receiving yards and 9 touchdowns. This comes after a junior season where he posted 31 catches, 657 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. His career numbers add up to 152 receptions for 2,030 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns.

Herron is an extremely athletic receiver that brings 4.34 speed to the Buccaneers offense. The Wyoming product is a quick twitch athlete with excellent route-running skills. He sells double moves and uses his hips very well. At just 5-foot-9, 193 pounds, he is a small receiver that will have to play bigger than his size, but his technically sound game compensates for his small stature. Herron also offers great potential as a kick and punt returner.

The senior wide receiver joins a Tampa receiving corps that features freshly drafted rookie Mike Evans and Pro Bowler Vincent Jackson on the outside. Herron will compete with the other rostered receivers in Tampa Bay, including Louis Murphy, Chris Owusu, Skye Dawson, Eric Page, Russell Shepard, LaVelle Hawkins, and Tommy Streeter. Herron projects as a slot receiver and will compete to be the Buccaneers third wide receiver in 2014.

Bucs quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo coached Herron at Wyoming and they have a good relationship according to the speedy receiver.

“He was the one who recruited me actually and stuck with me the whole way even when I had some grade issues," Herron said. "He stuck it out and somehow he got me to (Tampa). He was in a meeting I had with Tampa Bay. I called him after I got picked and told him we are back at it.”

Herron said he knows where the Bucs need him and he is ready to jump into action.

Just working the slot, I know they have some great outside receivers and I know they were in need of a slot (receiver)," Herron said. "So I am just coming in and getting the plays down, get in the playbook, work hard and just play with a chip on my shoulder.”




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    Welcome BF47. Kinda brief comment for you. Give us more! Horse: I think you perceived my words a little differently than intended. I'm always in a good mood. It just irks me a little when people think you should go into a draft with a shopping list of positions without regard to the quality; then get angry when the team doesn't pay attention to it. Every year the "experts" talk BPA then make predictions based on need. That's why Kiper got only 4 out of 32 right. We all know what we think our team needs. But we don't know how they have evaluated the draftees and our own roster. It just cracks me up when fans overly bemoan or rave over a selection when we really have no reason to react either way......yet. Look at the Browns fans all gaga over Johnny Football and their actual first pick must be standing on the sidewalk saying, "what about me?"
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    Good to hear Herron is more than just fast; he can run routes too, which I wasn't finding on YT. Yeah, teams won't be able to put up 21 points on us and just go into cruise control any more. If our new offense can stay out of penalty heck, we're gonna score a bunch of TDs!!
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    IMO, this was a great draft. Sure, the Bucs are still thin (not a pun) at guard, LB, & DB, but deeper than ever at most other positions. Oftentimes we feel we are deep enough at a position & injuries decimate that position. Last year, it was RB, WR, & O-line. So I'm fine with the plethora of players @ WR & RB this year. And guess what, it's not yet time for the opening day kick-off. There will still be many changes before then. I trust L & L in evaluating players they think will help this team. They must have seen something valuable in the 2 O-line guys they drafted. Frankly, I'm tired of big opposing TEs killing us. It's about time the Bucs had one of our own. IF (& isn't there always an IF?)...IF these rookie pan out, we got a good chance of getting into the playoffs this year. The options on offense now are greater than we've EVER had. It's funny though; I've seen several articles that say that with the drafting of Evans, the Bucs have "2 big tall FAST" WRs in Evans & Jackson. Hell, I can catch Jackson from behind, & I'm 67 years old! At 5'7", I can't out-jump him though!
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    Call me crazy but this looks like a good draft by the Bucs.
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    Great analogy macabee. But to take it a step further. I love cookies and cream pies. But if I'm in the cafeteria standing at the desert line and the cookies, pies and cakes look a little stale and crumbly, then glance over at an array of fresh salads, I'm taking the veggies. I guess that's how BPA drafting works. Best Meal Available. Horse: Those of us in Buc Nation weren't privy to the analysis Lovie and Jason Licht did on our current roster. That's why our perceived needs may not be valid. Most teams go to training camp with an abundance of receivers and let them compete. It was clear that in 2013 Vincent Jackson was our only legitimate receiver with a collection of developing youngsters vying for playing time. Drafting doesn't have to be either the best player or greatest need. Hopefully the choices fill both requirements. I'll always take the approach that you draft the best player on your board (not Mel Kiper's or Mike Mayok's) regardless of thinking "we gotta draft a guard,,,,,,who's left?" and passing on a much better player. Needs change. If you don't draft who you think is the better player you end up 4-12 and having to build the roster.
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    scubog; I agree. I thought this draft was okay. I had no mood swings on this one. All I did was mention why I wasn't on board with one pick and that was the 6th rounder. This is the most I have seen you moan about a draft. I am pretty up about it myself. I got it.
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    Way to change up the entire offensive side of the ball in one single off season. Nice jobs by Mr.Licht and Coach Smith. Tampa fans,we are on our way. Rome wasn't built in one day and neither was the universe. It's going to take some time, but we have finally turned the ship away from those treacherous and rocky shores. Go 'Bucs !!!!
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    This draft shows that Lovie did learn and has committed the entire draft to the Offense. That has taken a lot from a guy who made his name on defense. kind of like taking a guy with a sweet tooth to a cake factory and serving a green salad for lunch. The man deserves a medal for patience and self-control! lol
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    I thought they might use Demps as a slot receiver.
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    The way I see it we got much better this year! Starting with an upgrade in coaching staff, who is overhauling a team that under achieved last year. In free agency we got better at quarterback and defense. And online. Now we upgraded our receiving corps with 2 big targets and a versatile back. I'm glad they took a TE. We have speed and power in the back field. This year will be so much more fun to watch as opposed to the poor game man ament we saw last year with all the other distractions. Now we have weapons galore and a coaching staff that knows how to win.
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    Outside of T. Streeter I don't care for any of the WR's we have after the two towers so I like this pick. He seems perfect for the role of slot WR. Fantastic job Licht, Lovie and scouting department. The only pick I don't like is the guard...not the position but the player. Oh well, you can't win them all. Go Bucs!
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    PewterReportED; Shifty; in business life that's not good. Let me try some other words here...potential at route running, catching, avoiding the middle, and hopefully will eventually get a college degree which might be very important for him soon.
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    I hope that chip is a really big chip. Hey Scubog what's your take on this one? Was this a Need or BPA; How about we call it a draw on both? I have no idea on this pick, but to say interesting.
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