Herron has the skills and ability to beat out Cedric Peerman and Brian Leonard for th third-RB spot, and may even challenge Bernard Scott for backup carries. The Bengals have been on fire this whole draft and finished strong with one of the draft’s sleeper RB prospects. Despite, his talent, the team loves Cedric Peerman due to his abilities on special teams, something Herron will have to show he is capable of having an impact in during the preseason if he wants to overtake Peerman and/or Leonard for the 3rd/4th RB spot.
"I guarantee you he’ll be starting by the first game. He’s a great player if they give him the chance. He can run the ball. He runs low. And he can catch the ball out of the backfield and we didn’t do that enough at Ohio State. He’s got a great sense of his surroundings and that’s what a great running back needs."
Its hard to see a sixth-round rookie starting against the vaunted Ravens defense. Any lapse in pass protection by Herron will get QB Andy Dalton killed, and that is something that typically keeps rookie RBs from starting in week 1, but Johnson’s faith in Herron is an encouraging sign that Bengals did get a steal in Herron, who was projected as a 2nd-3rd round prospect before the tattoo scandal that caused him to miss the first 5 games of his senior campaign. He’ll have a tough time beating out reliable 3rd-down RB Brian Leonard or special teams ace Cedric Peerman for the fourth RB spot.
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