With the upcoming NFL Draft inching it's way closer to becoming a reality instead of the mirage that rabid fan bases have seen week in and week out, I thought it would be a good time to spotlight a wide receiver that seems not to get mentioned in the regular weekly options at the position for Carolina in this upcoming draft. Well that is all about to change.
First off we all have discussed the usual suspects in Marqise Lee, Kelvin Benjamin, Brandin Cooks, and anyone else that can catch a football on a daily basis here on CSR over the last 3 months. Now I am sure the wide receiver I am going to discuss has most likely been mentioned at certain points during threads during that time period. Let us look at a "flying under the radar" WR that the team has more interest in than most people think.
Robert Herron the 5' 10" playmaking wide receiver from the University of Wyoming is just what the doctor ordered to help a struggling Carolina Panther's offense for the upcoming 2014 season. Herron was one of the most dangerous wide receivers in the entire country this season that did not get the media attention as the likes of an Odell Beckham Jr. or Sammy Watkins (which both will be long gone before Carolina even looks to address the wide receiver position.) In all things relative Herron is no slouch himself and will make whatever team drafts him look insanely wise. Well I'm here to say that team could be the Carolina Panthers.
All you have to do is go back a year ago and remember that coach Rivera made headlines at the 2013 NFL combine by insinuating that Carolina was going after Mike Wallace in free agency. Well that never manifested and current GM Dave Gettleman did end up bringing in an explosive deep threat in the form of Ted Ginn instead. Ginn was a more viable financial option for the team from the stand point of having a player that Rivera EMPHASIZED could have the ability to take the top off a defense. Ginn ended up working out for the one year he was in that role on the team and parlayed that into a better contract with Arizona. Well even though the player is gone the mindset hasn't for having a player that can make opposing defenses have to respect the big play. I know Dave Gettleman signed Tiquan Underwood in free agency to fill that position but if there is a chance to have an even better longer term option than Underwood you take it for sustained long term success (this is what Dave Gettleman has been preaching over and over.) This is where Robert Herron fits in and makes a ton of sense.
Let's go over some of the facts shall we.......
First we know Carolina has privately worked out Robert Herron by coach Ricky Proehl's tweet.
Now Gil Brandt from NFL.com.
Now the sneaky under the radar meeting.
Now you can take all of this speculation with a grain of salt and it being my opinion. What I find clever about this is that Carolina flies Herron in on a Sunday for a private meeting which is never heard of far as weekend visits go usually those take place on Saturday's with Sunday's being the day off. Plus with there being a lot of "dead air" in the football world not to pick up on it with most of the sporting community fixed in on Sunday at The Masters, this is very clever indeed.
Robert Herron Highlights: