Jan 2, 2012; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes running back Dan Herron (1) runs the ball during the first half of the 2012 Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-US PRESSWIRE

Breaking Down the Newest Bengals HB Dan Herron




Quick feet.

Straight-line speed.

Patient runner.

Allows time for the play to develop.

Plays smart.

Makes good decisions on cuts.

Difficult to bring down one-on-one in open field.

Uses oncoming defenders’ momentum against them.

Able to create misdirection in the defense.

Decent receiver out of the backfield.

Decent route runner.

Solid runner between the tackles.

Has the ability to be lunch pail type of runningback.

Doesn’t quit.


High motor.



Lacks true workhorse back size.

Doesn’t move piles well.

Lacks a true burst through the hole.

Lacks elite speed to break away or hit the corner.

Doesn’t have the elite burst to be a constant big-play threat.

Inconsistent hands.

Not much of a blocker.


Draft Analysis:

Cincinnatiis a great landing spot for him. His best bet at NFL success is in a backfield rotation. Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden has the offensive mind set that will be able to utilize Herron’s true abilities and potential at the next level. He could be a capable starting HB in a couple years if he is given the chance to completely develop. He needs to improve his blocking and hands. It would be wise for him to add some upper and lower body size as well as improve on his speed off the edge. RB’s Coach Jim Anderson will love this project.

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