It’s four weeks until the NFL draft, and the Saints have been linked to a fourth wide receiver many think will be taken in the first two days of the event.
The Saints hosted Wyoming wideout Robert Herron on Wednesday, and he was with them for a pre-draft visit on Thursday, the NFL Network reported. Herron has drawn third-round projections, and he’s meeting with a team that had Southern California’s Marqise Lee in for a visit earlier this week and had dinner plans with LSU duo Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry following the Tigers’ Pro Day on Wednesday.
Lee and Beckham are projected as first rounders. Landry is pegged as a second rounder.
Like Lee and Beckham, the 5-foot-9, 193-pound Herron is speedy, having clocked 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Indianapolis. He had 72 catches for 932 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games his final year at Wyoming, showing impressive straight-line speed as well as vision to set up blocks, CBSSports.com wrote in their draft prospect profile of him.
He also displayed toughness while taking big hits attacking the middle of the field and catching bubble screens; but, like any NFL hopeful, he isn’t without his perceived flaws.
CBS Sports said Herron’s height was not ideal for an outside receiver. The site questioned the level of competition he faced throughout most of his career; his ability to run routes since most of his big plays were reportedly made on verticals, drags across the middle and quick screens; and his track record on special teams, because he only returned three kicks for 39 yards and did not field any punts.
Pundits believe the Saints may pick a wide receiver early in the draft because their only player on the roster at that position with more than one complete season under his belt as of Thursday was Marques Colston. The team, however, has said it feels it’s set itself up this offseason to draft the best player available without regard to position.