PROS: Herron has enough length needed to win outside in the NFL and he effectively uses it to elongate his opponents path to the quarterback. He punches with fairly consistent timing and does well to get his hands placed in pass protection. He flashes the ability to frame pass rushers initially and did not allow a sack in 2017. Does well to remain patient and keep himself in a position to stay square. He is capable of bowing his back and dropping his anchor to absorb power. Herron has positive moments in space, connecting with moving targets and arriving on time. Utilization of length and mobility are the appeal here.
CONS: As a run blocker, Herron has modest power at the point of attack but his inability to consistently fit his hands and accelerate his feet makes it difficult to create space in the run game. Overall, his body control is below average as a result of a narrow base and folding at the waste. More of a positional blocker that may be restrictive with scheme fits. Missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL. Functional strength and ability to generate push in the run game disappoints. Might need to kick inside to guard to stick.
BEST TRAIT - Pass Blocking
WORST TRAIT - Power, Control
RED FLAGS - 2018 ACL Tear
Justin Herron started for Wake Forest across four seasons, bouncing back nicely from an ACL tear in 2018. There are positive components to his work in pass protection in terms of how he frames rushers and keeps them at the end of his reach. He’s patient and works to stay square on the perimeter while showcasing adequate foot quickness. Herron’s lack of functional strength and body control in the run game are restrictive to creating vertical push. Herron profiles as a developmental backup that offers versatility but may need to move inside to guard at the next level. He projects best to a zone blocking run scheme.