Chris Herndon Draft Profile

Chris Herndon draft profile

Strengths:

  • Long-limbed frame has room for growth
  • Former high school wideout with plus athletic ability for the tight end position
  • Stride length allows for get-away separation from linebackers
  • Dangerous after the catch
  • Used as catch-and-run option on bubble screens
  • Blocks with good pad level and desired hip roll at point of attack
  • Works to improve positioning as blocker
  • Blocked in-line and as H-back across formation and in space

Analysis: With junior David Njoku receiving much of the attention given to Hurricanes tight ends in 2016, it was easy to overlook Chris Herndon’s accomplishments. The top 20 tight end recruit out of Georgia actually started 12 of 13 games for Miami as a junior, catching 28 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns on the year (3 receptions, 38 yards against Virginia in the team’s Russell Athletic Bowl win). Herndon started 11 games his senior season (40 receptions, 477 yards, four TD), but a knee injury ended the year prematurely. The former high school wideout is dangerous after the catch and has the speed and stride length to run away from linebackers. His blocking is solid, but could use some coaching. He has good pad level understanding leverage battles and can match up defenders as both an in-line TE or an H-back.

Weaknesses:

  • Struggles as block finisher
  • Inconsistent hands
  • Slow to make hands catch-ready at times
  • Goes through the motion as route-runner
  • Below average play strength
  • Had season-ending surgery on MCL in November

Analysis: Chris Herndon’s athletic ability will flash on tape, but his college production was pedestrian and he’s still very raw. He has TE2 potential if he can improve his upper body strength and hand placement as a blocker. While Miami used him as a “run after the catch” option, NFL teams may lock in on his ability to threaten defenses on the second and third levels. Herndon has exciting athletic ability, but there is still plenty of room for improvement before he becomes a factor in the NFL. Hands need to become more consistent, too many double catches on tape. Scouts will look into medicals to make sure he is recovered from MCL surgery that ended his season.

What the experts say: “He’s a good athlete and has ability to make big plays which is what I care about. He’s not a soft blocker either. He’s just really raw with everything. I’m okay with that. You take those guys later and you let your coaches develop them. It’s all coachable for him.” — AFC team executive

Size: 6’4 253lbs

Draft Grade: 6th round

NFL Comparison: Vince Mayle

Draft Projection: Round 6-7

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