The selection of Herron capped a rather unique first draft for General Manager Jason Licht and Head Coach Lovie Smith, as all six players picked by the team play on the offensive side of the ball. That had never before happened in 38 previous Buccaneer drafts. Tampa Bay's weekend efforts began and ended at its position of perhaps greatest need, wide receiver, and with players of contrasting styles.
Herron's calling card has been his speed, ever since his days as a high school track star in Los Angeles. The 5-9, 193-pound was used at both receiving and running back both in high school and at Wyoming. In four seasons with the Cowboys, he appeared in 42 games with 27 starts and combined 2,030 receiving yards with 310 yards on the ground and a handful of kickoff returns. He tallied 152 total catches and scored 20 times, capped by a senior season in which he caught a career-best 72 passes for 937 yards and nine scores.
Herron was limited to eight games as a junior in 2012 but still racked up 657 yards and eight touchdowns on just 31 receptions. That gave him a per-catch average of 21.2 that ranked second in the nation among major college players with at least 30 grabs. When he arrived in Laramie in 2010, he stepped into a system run by then-Cowboys Offensive Coordinator Marcus Arroyo, who is now the Buccaneers' quarterbacks coach. He saw more action out of the backfield that season, averaging 5.9 yards per carry on 40 handoffs while catching just six passes.
Wyoming WR Robert Herron scored 17 touchdowns over his last two seasons in Laramie
Herron is the first Wyoming player to hear his name called on an NFL Draft weekend since defensive back defensive back Chris Prosinski went to the Jaguars in 2011. He is also the first player the Buccaneers have ever drafted out of Wyoming. As the 185th selection overall, Herron is also the earliest final pick Tampa Bay has ever made in the draft, just a few picks earlier than the team's capper of running back
Like the rest of his all-offense Class of 2014, Herron will fly immediately to Tampa and join the team on Sunday. Due to a draft that fell two weeks later than usual in the spring schedule, teams can bring their newest players in right away; Herron and the rest will be on the practice field by