Some scouts may not have recognized Wyoming wide receiver Robert Herron on Monday morning, but they certainly knew his name by Monday night.
The senior wideout from Los Angeles was named the player of the day for wide receivers at the Senior Bowl practice on Monday.
Herron, who caught 20 touchdowns and racked up 2,030 yards in his Wyoming career, didn't have the most impressive measurables on display. He was measured at 5'8 and 7/8", despite being listed at 5-10 at Wyoming. He weighed in at 193 pounds.
Once he started playing, though, Herron quickly separated himself from the pack. The receiver -- placed on the North team for Saturday's game -- used his 4.3-40 speed and impressive hands to gain separation and haul in passes from Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas and Miami's Stephen Morris.
CBS NFL Draft analyst Dane Brugler listed Herron alongside Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis and Oregon's Josh Huff as receivers who showed why they deserve to be top-100 picks in the upcoming draft.
Regarding Herron's performance, NBC Sports' John Harris said, "There’s something about a guy that just gets open. All. The. Time. Wyoming slot WR Robert Herron did that all day long."
Prior to Monday's practice, NBC Sports' Josh Norris also placed Herron at No. 14 in his list of the top 20 prospects at the Senior Bowl.
Wyoming senior safety Marqueston Huff also competed at Monday's Senior Bowl practice, though he played cornerback because of a lack of depth on the North Team. According to multiple media accounts, Huff struggled at times in man-to-man coverage -- an unsurprising development considering that Huff is a more of a natural safety.
Here's more sideline reaction on Herron's big day:
Robert Herron of Wyoming is the NFL Network's Reese's Senior Bowl Player of the Day for wide receivers." #ZOOMHERRON— Ivan AKA Coach Pinky (@LMBPINKY) January 20, 2014
Very early but Wyoming WR Robert Herron following in footsteps of Mike Wallace, TJ Graham and Marqise Goodwin and impressing at Senior Bowl.— Scott Wright (@DraftCountdown) January 20, 2014
DBs that didn't get their hands on Robert Herron got smoked in 1v1s...easily #SeniorBowl— Mark Dulgerian (@MarkDulgerianOS) January 20, 2014
Wyoming WR Robert Herron stood out to me, but little else from North squad.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 20, 2014
This Wyoming WR Robert Herron reminds us of a Steve Smith. Really wiry and seems to get separation at just the right time. Can't cover him.— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) January 20, 2014
Been telling you all about Robert Herron for months. Welcome aboard.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) January 20, 2014
This SR class lacks a surefire 1st round WR, but I love the value guys in rounds 3-5 (Abbrederis, Herron, Huff, Grant, etc.)— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 21, 2014
Wyoming WR Robert Herron (5'8" 7/8, 193 lbs.) has comfortably won a couple 1-v-1s on the DBs. Slot-type with good wiggle off the snap.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) January 20, 2014
Wyoming receiver Robert Herron forced a hold, then made tough catch on Utah State CB Nevin Lawson + mismatched S Ahmad Dixon on double-move.— Dion Caputi (@nfldraftupdate) January 20, 2014
No one can cover Robert Herron and when he gets held he still catches it— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) January 20, 2014