Data Scout Notes: 2017: (+) 11-25-17 Knee INJ, Out for 2017/2ndC...PMackey...2016: NAC...2015: NAM
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Christopher Herndon Miami Hurricanes Tight End 6-3, 252, 4.78, #23 Norcross, Georgia Norcross High School
1/28/18 - Herndon is two months into rehabbing his torn MCL he suffered against Pitt (11/25/17). The All-ACC Second Team tight end, Herndon set season highs in receptions (40), receiving yards (477), and touchdown receptions (4) during his senior campaign, despite missing the Hurricanes last two post-season games. The Mackey Award semifinalist was two receptions away from tying a Miami single-game mark (12) after his 10 catch 96 yard performance against Syracuse this year. He was the Hurricanes second-leading receiver on the roster behind Reese's Senior Bowl invite Braxton Berrios.
The MCL injury is going to rob Herndon of his initial draft value. Denver Broncos Jake Butt was awarded the John Mackey Award, honoring the most outstanding tight in college football. Butt tore his ACL, in the 2016 Orange Bowl and went from top-35 pick to fifth rounder (145 overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The question likely to surround Herndon prior to the NFL Draft is, how much does the injury impact his value?
Herndon arrived at Miami, after helping lead Norcross to the Georgia Class 6A State Championship, choosing the Hurricanes over both Auburn and Mississippi State. He played behind Cleveland Browns 2017 first-round pick David Njoku and set career high marks after stepping into the starting role in 2017, after Njoku stepped into the NFL.
Playing in the shadow of Njoku, Herndon still played in all 26 games his sophomore and junior seasons, catching 46 receptions for 571 yards and three touchdowns. Njoku decided to forgo his remaining two years of eligibility and left the door open for Herndon's breakout season.
Despite his limited amount of targets during his first three seasons at Miami, he still managed to be a valuable component in the Hurricanes' offensive scheme. He lined up in traditional tight end sets, as well as H-back in the backfield, and out wide in normal passing formations. His senior season he flourished as one of the nation's top tight end and helped put Miami back into a prominent role on college football.
Herndon finished his career at Miami with 86 receptions for 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns.
BACKGROUND In high school, Herndon was a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals...Ranked No. 18 tight end nationwide by Rivals...Rated 17th-best tight end by ESPN...Third-team All-County receiver by Gwinnett Daily Post...Hauled in 33 catches for 543 yards with six TDs as senior...Coached by Keith Maloof at Norcross...Led Norcross to Georgia Class 6A State Championship in 2013...Chose Miami over Auburn and Mississippi State.
STRENGTHS Versatility is the calling card for Herndon entering the NFL Draft. Will equipped with agility and versatility, he'll be a mismatch for opponents at the next level. He has shown to be a quick learner, building on each and every season with the Hurricanes. Barring the MCL injury, and missing Miami's final two games. Herndon had a realistic opportunity to have more receptions and receiving yards his senior season than in his two previous years combined. He possesses long arms and once he gets going is very hard to stop with the football in his hand. He can be a formidable asset in the running game, helping to create open lanes. Although more consistency in needed. Herndon has the speed to get deep on linebackers and shows knack for capitalizing on underneath routes. - Bo Marchionte 1/28/2018
WEAKNESSES Herndon lacks ideal size for the position at the next level, when evaluating his upside in run blocking. He tends to telegraph his blocks and must to learn to disguise his assignments. Herndon needs to use better leverage as a blocker and tends to struggle as an in-line blocker. He does not possess the softest hands and sometimes make the routine catch, hard to watch. Herndon is far from a polished prospect, but he has shown the ability to learn quickly. It is essential for him to master his route running to truly succeed in the NFL. - Bo Marchionte 1/28/2018
COMPARES TO Evan Engram, Giants - Engram blew the NFL Scouting Combine away last season and showed supreme athleticism. There are not many, even Herndon who could match the superb combine performance made by Engram, however his talents overall parallel that of the Giants' first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Herndon is going to be a tight end, used in a wide variety of formations and used to create mismatches.
IN OUR VIEW Herndon will not share the same prestigious honor since 2000, in joining fellow Hurricanes' Bubba Franks (2000), Jeremy Shockey (2002), Kellen Winslow (2004), Greg Olsen (2007), and Njoku (2017) as first-round selections. That does not mean he'll fail to match or even exceed their NFL careers.
Started first 11 games before suffering season-ending injury in regular season finale against Pittsburgh (Nov. 24) ...Posted career marks in final season...Selected to All-ACC Second Team...Mackey Award semifinalist as nation's top tight end...Ranked second on team in receptions (40), receiving yards (477) and receiving touchdowns (four) despite missing final two games of season.
..Started season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and had one 10-yard reception...Had eight receptions for 65 receiving yards and one touchdown in start vs. Toledo (Sept. 23)...Had one reception in start at Duke (Sept. 29)...Finished with 55 yards on three receptions, including long catch of 37 yards, in start at Florida State (Oct. 7)...Started and caught five passes totaling 41 yards in win over Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)...Started and posted career-high marks in both receptions (10) and yards (96) with one touchdown in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21)...10 receptions were two shy of Miami's single-game mark (12)...Caught three passes for 41 yards at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24).
Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at tight end...Caught 28 passes totaling 334 yards with two touchdowns...Averaged 11.9 yards per reception with long reception of 48 yards...28 receptions and 334 receiving yards were fourth-most on team...Started season opener against Florida A&M (Sept. 3) and led team with 42 receiving yards on two receptions...26-yard catch against Rattlers was team-long...Recorded second touchdown of career on 16-yard reception in second quarter vs. Rattlers...Had two catches for 21 yards in start vs. FAU (Sept. 10), including long catch of 20 yards...Had one six-yard reception in start vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 17)...
Totaled 59 receiving yards on three catches against Georgia Tech (Oct. 1), including career-long 48-yard reception...Had one 11-yard reception against Florida State (Oct. 8)...Totaled 48 receiving yards on two catches in start against North Carolina (Oct. 15)...Recorded four catches totaling 53 yards, including 35-yard touchdown reception, in start at Virginia Tech (Oct. 20)...Hauled in five catches for 30 yards, including long catch of 12 yards, at Notre Dame (Oct. 29)...Started and recorded two catches in win over Pittsburgh (Nov. 5)...Started and had one catch in win at Virginia (Nov. 12)...Caught two passes in start at NC State (Nov. 19)...Started and had one 10-yard reception in regular season finale win over Duke (Nov. 26)...Started and caught three passes for 38 yards in Russell Athletic Bowl victory over West Virginia (Dec. 28).
Emerged as an offensive threat in second season...Ranked second among tight ends with 18 receptions and 237 yards...Played in all 13 games and started three...Made season debut vs. Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 5)...Recorded first two receptions of career in action at FAU (Sept. 11), including 15-yard catch...Registered first touchdown of career on 10-yard catch in first quarter vs. Nebraska (Sept. 19)...Finished game vs. Cornhuskers with three receptions for 32 yards, including long catch of 12 yards...Caught one nine-yard pass at Cincinnati (Oct. 1)...
Made one reception for nine yards at Florida State (Oct. 10)...Totaled 12 yards on two receptions in first career start vs. Virginia Tech (Oct. 17)...Saw action vs. Clemson (Oct. 24)...Made second start of career at Duke (Oct. 31) and recorded 20-yard reception...Had one reception against Virginia (Nov. 7)...Totaled 51 yards on three receptions at North Carolina (Nov. 14)...Started and led team with 66 receiving yards against Georgia Tech (Nov. 21)...Had three catches vs. Yellow Jackets, including career long reception of 46 yards...Made the start at tight end in the Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec. 26) against Washington State and caught one pass for 18 yards.
Saw action in three games, did not record...Had most snaps of season in regular season finale against Pittsburgh.
Three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals...Ranked No. 18 tight end nationwide by Rivals...Rated 17th-best tight end by ESPN...Third-team All-County receiver by Gwinnett Daily Post…Hauled in 33 catches for 543 yards with six TDs as senior…Coached by Keith Maloof at Norcross…Led Norcross to Georgia Class 6A State Championship in 2013…Chose Miami over Auburn and Mississippi State.
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02/27/18 - 2018 NFL Combine: Key Medical Evaluations: Christopher Herndon, TE, Miami (Fla.)...Herndon was in the midst of a breakout senior season when he injured the MCL in his left knee, requiring surgery. There are concerns around the league about the long-term ramifications, making his Combine medical evaluation paramount to his draft grade. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/02/17 - 2017 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): TE Christopher Herndon IV, Sr., Miami, 123 Votes,...Senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV, sophomore running back Travis Homer, junior defensive lineman RJ McIntosh, sophomore linebacker Shaq Quarterman, junior cornerback Michael Jackson and junior safety Jaquan Johnson were all named to the All-ACC Second Team. - Miami Football
11/27/17 - Miami (Fla.) senior TE Christopher Herndon (6-4, 254, 4.78, #23) suffered a MCL injury to his left knee during the game on Friday and will require surgery, ending his season. This injury puts his status for the pre-draft process in jeopardy, including the 2018 Senior Bowl. Herndon is a projected mid-round pick who had top-100 potential. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/27/17 - Miami suffered a big blow leading up to the ACC title game against Clemson when it learned Sunday that standout tight end Christopher Herndon IV will require season-ending knee surgery. Herndon injured the MCL in his left knee during Friday's 24-14 loss to Pittsburgh. Hurricanes coach Mark Richt announced the loss of Herndon on a conference call with reporters. "Chris Herndon has been a warrior for us," Richt said. "He's been a great player and a great leader on and off the field. He's the kind of person you love to coach, and I know he's going to have a really wonderful NFL career. "It's a shame he can't finish with us because he's very important for us. He's been a mainstay in this offense, so I want to thank him first and foremost for everything he's done for us."
Herndon ranks second on the Hurricanes (10-1) with 40 receptions for 477 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Michael Irvin II, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, will start against Clemson. The younger Irvin has five receptions for 56 yards. "I think it's typical when a guy becomes a starter, their level of play tends to go up," Richt said of Irvin. "I think he knows that when everyone is relying on him more than in the past, it'll help him play better." The Hurricanes face a must-win situation against Clemson in the ACC title game in terms of possibly reaching the College Football Playoffs, as their chances suffered a major hit with the loss to Pittsburgh. - The Sports Xchange
11/21/17 - There was just one change in the top 10 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday, but it might be significant. Miami (10-0) moved from No. 3 to No. 2, switching spots with Clemson and thereby strengthening the ACC's odds of getting two teams in the four-team playoff. The Hurricanes and Tigers will meet in the ACC title game. When Clemson (10-1) was No. 2, it would have been easier for the selection committee to drop Miami from third to out of the playoff picture. But now the committee is on record as valuing the Hurricanes' resume above all others except Alabama, making it a more difficult decision to omit a one-loss Miami team from the playoff ... assuming it at least plays a competitive game against the Tigers.
If nothing else, Miami now has a larger margin of error, which could be problematic for a team trying to come from back in the pack -- such as No. 9 Ohio State. Selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said there was little separation among the top five teams. "We talked about a Miami team that has shown progress, really strengthened their resume in the last three weeks," Hocutt said. "The selection committee, as we talk about what we see on the field, we see characteristics of a championship-caliber team. ... "They have the ever-slight margin ahead of No. 3 Clemson." The committee did get that right. - The Sports Xchange