Photo of Amarlo Herrera
Grade
5.14 ?
  • 4.83 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 111.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.35 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.27 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands

Analysis

Strengths

Smart with good instincts. Highly productive inside 'backer in physical SEC. Lines up defense and makes pre-snap adjustments. Active hands and understands he must use them for separation against the maulers. Fiery competitor with extended motor and finishes most tackle attempts. Active blitzer with three sacks and six quarterback knockdowns during 2014 season. Adequate play speed to the perimeter against outside runs and slip screens. Diagnoses pass quickly and drops into space fluidly. Has some man-coverage ability against tight ends and running backs.

Weaknesses

Short with short arms. Plays a little stiff and upright. Will miss tackle opportunities due to change-of-direction issues. Lateral linebacker lacking downhill traits. Plays laterally and waits on backs rather than attacking them on other side of the line. Drag-down tackler. Big backs take him for a ride. Was 28th-best LB in his conference on impact tackles, with just 11 percent of his solo tackles coming on gains of 2 yards or fewer.

Bottom Line

Undersized inside linebacker who doesn't use his instincts to play a downhill, attack-oriented brand of football. Herrera has a nose for the ball and a motor that keeps him in most plays, but he lacks the bulk to carry through with his desire to play physically and too much of his tackle production comes down the field. He is best-suited as a backup inside linebacker with an ability to play on kick-coverage teams.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.