Nate Herbig

Stanford
OL24

Prospect Info

College
Stanford
Hometown
Class
HI
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
335 lbs
33 1/4”
Hands
10 1/8”

Prospect Grade

4.99
Should Be in an NFL Training Camp
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.41
Seconds
 
Bench Press
29
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
24.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
90.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
8.15
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
5.04
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

Playlist

Coming into the 2018 season, it was expected that Herbig would have a decision to make about heading to the NFL as an early entrant. Although his junior year did not go as planned, starting only seven games at right guard due to undisclosed injuries, Herbig still earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors. That was enough for him to decide to skip the Cardinal's bowl game and move on to the pros. He was a first-team all-conference selection in 2017, starting 13 games (first two at left guard, 11 of the final 12 at right guard) to help running back Bryce Love become a Heisman Trophy candidate. Herbig, a native of Hawai'i with the fitting nickname "Big Island", was rated among the top offensive line recruits in the country after an excellent career at Saint Louis High School. His brother, Nick, was a star player at Saint Louis and finalist for the Manti Te'o Award as the state defensive player of the year in 2018.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
NFL Comparison
Deuce Lutui
Overview
Thickly-built guard prospect with an NFL frame and good run blocking power, but an inability to impose his will as a block-finisher. He has the desire to finish, but that desire is often short-circuited by a lack of balance or an inability to secure blocks with his hands. While teams will be drawn to his mass, he'll need to control his weight in order to play with better functional quickness. Herbig is a future starting guard, but his physical deficiencies could make him a more up-and-down performer than celebrated starter.
Strengths
  • Built like a refrigerator with thick arms on it
  • Carries some anchor in his hefty lower body
  • Offers some drive power to cave down blocks when running his feet
  • Keeps feet low to the ground in his settle steps
  • Plays under control into run fits
  • Strength in his power zone to stalemate power across from him
  • Not quick, but understands angles to second level blocks in zone
  • Resets hands in pass pro
  • Just a little bend triggers natural anchor vs
  • rush
  • Flashes some nasty at the end of plays.
Weaknesses
  • Needs to play with better bend to unlock leverage
  • Grass stains galore with excessive time on the ground
  • Plays like a short-armed guard
  • Below-average grip strength and hand quickness
  • More likely to one-pop defender than stay connected
  • Narrow power zone for a bigger player. Lacking desired lateral range and change of direction in pass sets
  • Feet drag behind in punch-and-mirror
  • Sub-package rushers will offer a considerable challenge
  • Unable to recover when he's late seeing twist game.
Sources Tell Us

"I thought he should have come back since he was hurt this year and his tape wasn't as good anyway. If he can keep his weight off, I think he has a chance to be a solid pro, but you need to watch 2017." - NFC National scout
GRADE
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