For instance, there is no such thing as too much running back depth. The Bears saw first-hand how depth can quickly evaporate when David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen missed time due to injuries. Secondly, running backs like Herbert provide special teams value (which shouldn’t be overlooked). And finally, Herbert was a value pick. Some analysts and insiders had fourth-round grades on Herbert. PFF liked him as a top-100 prospect and the site’s RB5 in this class. Getting a top-5 prospect at an offensive skill position in the sixth round is a tremendous value
Ball security and kick return potential are both a plus..” … Two things coaches and football fans love are players who don’t turn it over and guys who can contribute in multiple facets of the game. Versatility is king.
? “Runs with easy tempo and good decisiveness. … Instant, clear processing of run lanes while on the move. … Runs behind his pads and falls forward as finisher.” … This is a three-for-one, but his trio of strengths ties together. How a running back runs matters as much as the numbers they post at the end of he day.
? “Received team’s Williams-Moss Award for highest quality of leadership and character.” … GM Ryan Pace and Head Coach Matt Nagy have been complimentary about their team’s locker room culture (almost to the point where it’s tiresome). Herbert seems to check that box by being given this honor
“Takes time to gather and cut. … Lacks short-area wiggle to elude sudden traffic.” … Maybe there is something here for new RBs Coach Michael Pitre can work on from a training point of view. Otherwise, knowing Herbert’s limitations could be key in proper deployment.
? “Doesn’t find his man consistently in pass pro. … Effort and technique might make him a non-option on passing downs.” … During Senior Bowl Week, Herbert showed an ability and willingness to get his nose dirty as a blocker. How Herbert develops in his area could determine his future role and how much playing time he receives.