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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