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  • bigjeep
    started a topic 7th pick Eric Herman

    7th pick Eric Herman

    Eric Herman

    New York Giants

    Seventh Round: 225th Pick

    Ohio University doesn't get a ton of national attention, and that's how a player like Eric Herman can go unnoticed. However, the draft process offers an opportunity for someone like Herman to make a name for himself.

    He has the type of game that will easily translate to the next level. Herman combines natural athleticism and strength with a non-stop motor. NFL teams will quickly fall in love with his competitiveness.



    Strengths Weaknesses
    + Size - High Pad Level
    + Nasty Streak
    + Strength





    Tools

    Height: 6í4Ē

    Weight: 320 pounds

    Arm Length: 32 ľĒ

    40-time: 5.25





    Intangibles/Character: Ohio University benefited from the reliable and high-level play of Eric Herman. He started 40 straight games from his sophomore to senior season. Herman played each of those games with a ton of intensity.

    The image below shows an example of the type of aggressiveness Herman exhibited on every play:


    Hermanstrenghtnasty_original





    System: Hermanís size and raw strength make him a great fit for a power-blocking system. However, he also possesses the quickness off the ball to fit into a zone-blocking scheme. During his time at Ohio, Herman gained a ton of experience in a zone system.





    Pass-Blocking: The most important thing Herman needs to focus on in order to become a complete player is his pass protection. He boasts the athleticism and strength to excel in this area of the game, but he must improve the consistency of his technique.

    Below is a clip that shows Herman in an upright stance that limits his change-of-direction ability, anchor and balance:


    Hermanupright_original

    One thing helping Herman is that his future in the NFL is at the guard position. This will provide him some leeway to clean up his pass-protection technique.





    Run-Blocking: This is the area of Hermanís game where he shows the potential to dominate. He does a great job driving defenders off the ball, quickly getting off the line and gaining inside hand placement.

    The image below is an example of how his quickness off the ball can seal the defender from a hole. He quickly got across the face of the defender and kept him from making a play on the ball.


    Hermanquickoffballandacrossface_original

    This quickness also comes into play when Herman is asked to pull from this guard position. The below clip shows Hermanís ability to remain balanced as he provides a lead block. Donít be surprised if Herman comes off the board earlier than expected.


    Hermanpulling_original

    Teams are going to fall in love with his combination of athleticism, strength and mean streak.





    Blocking in Space: Herman doesnít possess the fluidity to consistently hold up in space. This is why his best position at the next level is at guard. However, heís a good enough athlete to fill in at right tackle in a pinch.

    This is only a real possibility if he does a better job keeping his pads down throughout the play.





    Hand Fighting: Because of his upper body strength, Herman does a good job velcroing to the defender. In both the run and passing game, he always looks to gain inside handsórather than taking the punch-and-recoil approach.

    Herman is absolutely someone capable of controlling the line of scrimmage and the movements of his opponent.





    Recovery: The ability to keep a wide base gives Herman a strong anchor. This allows him to remain balanced after the initial contact and quickly re-set. Opponents have a tough time moving Herman off the line or getting a push on the pocket.

    Hermanís pad level is the one thing that hinders his recovery. When he gets too high, the defender can use his quickness to compromise Hermanís balance. This makes it more difficult for him to then change direction and react to counter moves.





    Technique: Other than some inconsistency with his pad level, Herman plays with good overall technique. He shows a commitment to playing with balance and fighting to gain inside hand placement. These are two of the main keys for all offensive linemen.





    Future Role/Versatility: Herman is a guard, but could potentially play right tackle in a pinch. This doesnít mean a team should go in that direction. Moving him to the outside would really play against his strengths as a player.

    As far as scheme is concerned, Herman features the skills needed to play in either a zone of power-blocking system.
    Last edited by bigjeep; 04-27-2013, 06:59 PM.

  • drewz
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    Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
    similar mentality, rich was really good on the move though, not sure I see that from Herman. But they dont seem to pull him all that much, and instead of getting to the second level on runs, it seems he just buries his guy.
    Yeah he definitely doesn't seem all that athletic, but he looked fine on the runs he went to the 2nd level. But if Pugh eventually is moved to guard, I think it'll be a great combo going forward in the future. He's just what this running game needs.

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  • Carter.525
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    Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
    He seems to have better feet than Petrus, but we will see
    with feet like that, surprised Rex Ryan didn't draft him..

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  • slipknottin
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    Originally posted by B&RWarrior View Post
    If he has trouble pass protecting then he will go the way of Petrus. I hope he can play. I would love a mauler on our line.
    He seems to have better feet than Petrus, but we will see

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  • Carter.525
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    Originally posted by B&RWarrior View Post
    If he has trouble pass protecting then he will go the way of Petrus. I hope he can play. I would love a mauler on our line.
    what, get released?

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  • B&RWarrior
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    If he has trouble pass protecting then he will go the way of Petrus. I hope he can play. I would love a mauler on our line.

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  • Carter.525
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    Originally posted by slipknottin View Post
    Herman? Herman is a guard. Both Herman and Pugh have 32" arms.
    I thought he was taking about Pugh.. Every time I see 32" arms I think of Pugh, I'm getting a complex.. Yes Herman is a guard

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  • slipknottin
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    Originally posted by Carter.525 View Post
    no he's a RT..
    Herman? Herman is a guard.

    Both Herman and Pugh have 32" arms.

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  • Carter.525
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    Originally posted by NYCDBS View Post
    That's for tackles he is going to play guard...
    no he's a RT..

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  • NYCDBS
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    Originally posted by Cloud57 View Post
    32 arms? isn't that small lol
    That's for tackles he is going to play guard...

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  • EliIsTheBaas
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    To the people wondering why he touches his centre, it's to let him know when to snap the ball, he watches the qb who then signals to Herman so that the centre can still make the protection calls.

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  • slipknottin
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    Originally posted by drewz View Post
    Our next Rich Seubert?
    similar mentality, rich was really good on the move though, not sure I see that from Herman. But they dont seem to pull him all that much, and instead of getting to the second level on runs, it seems he just buries his guy.
    Last edited by slipknottin; 04-28-2013, 07:44 PM.

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  • drewz
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    Our next Rich Seubert?

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  • Carter.525
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    Originally posted by King Sully View Post
    he's letting him know the qb is read for the snap I think
    For such a big nasty guy, he has real gentle touch..

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  • King Sully
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    Originally posted by Carter.525 View Post
    I don't know, but he does it every play
    he's letting him know the qb is read for the snap I think

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