I recently caught up with former Wyoming receiver Robert Herron, one of three UW football players who have the best chances of being taken in this year’s NFL Draft, which is Thursday through Saturday in New York City.
For more on that story, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
Herron is projected by many of the NFL Draft “experts” to be UW’s best prospect. He is the 111th overall prospect by CBSSports.com and 116th by Walterfootball.com. That would put him in the third to fourth rounds.
Here are some quotes from Herron that didn’t make Thursday’s story:
On some of his more eye-opening experiences leading up to the draft: “Meeting with the teams. The (NFL Scouting) Combine was interesting. Not just the physical stuff, but the mental stuff from meeting with the teams, team doctors and answering a lot of questions. They asked me things like if I smoke, drink and if I have a girlfriend. With all the stuff that happened with (former Notre Dame linebacker Manti, Te’o last year, teams are asking about that stuff (with the fake girlfriend).”
More from the NFL Scouting Combine: “I knew I wan’t going to be the tallest guy there. I knew they thought I weighed less than I did (193 pounds). I knew I had big hands (9.75 inches). A lot of it was stuff I already knew so I looked at it as nothing at all.”
Herron said for himself, defensive back Marqueston Huff and quarterback Brett Smith, playing at UW may have hurt their name recognition in terms of the draft compared to those who played in bigger leagues such as the SEC, ACC and Pac-12 conferences. However, Herron said it was a “blessing” to play at UW.
He also said this about his UW experience: “It was great. It was very different from where I am from in Los Angeles. It gave me a variety of different experiences, and matured me as a man. It was great being a Cowboy. I won’t forget beating Colorado State three years in a row, but losing to them last season was not a good memory.”