Functional Athleticism - He does not do well with isolation reps. He's a poor athlete in just about every measure, he's stiff, slow and heavy footed. His struggles expand beyond the run game and really hinder his pass sets and ability to frame his blocks.
Football IQ - Seems to show a good grasp on his responsibility rep to rep, didn't offer a lot of mental gaffes or blown assignments. His minus plays are more on account of physical limitations. Like how crafty he can be with his hands after getting an initial set.
Anchor Ability -His natural strength offers plenty of reinforcement against heavy handed defenders looking to bump him around and walk him backwards. If he eats a pair of hands, he's going to have a hard time getting back on the rails because his hips are so tight.
Hand Technique - He's got ample force in his mitts but the degree to which he applies it to really jolt defenders and roll back pads is intermittent. His second effort to rework his hands into a tight position is admirable. Good vice grip in tight quarters.
Balance -His foot speed is sorely lacking and as a result he can get toppled trying to stay stuck on a block. His mobility compromises his balance further and makes him very top heavy, he can get toppled by lateral contact as he's trying to flow and move with the play.
Pass Sets -Clunky, heavy feet that will fall behind the rest of his blocks with too much frequency. He's rolled back onto his heels and has a hard time sitting himself down. He does not offer a lot of functional mobility to mirror in space.
Flexibility -Very stiff. Does not show adequate mobility through the pelvis and hips, really struggles to open his base or get any kind of dynamic redirection skill. He's guilty of folding and chasing at the waist, struggles to stay upright on his hips and ride out a block.
Power at POA - He's a boxy dude but his mobility issues prevent him from consistently gaining ground into the positive side of the line of scrimmage. His sense of timing with hand blows is off and he'll catch guys too close to his numbers and negate ability to translate power punch.
Length/Extension -Illustrates requisite reach, only occasionally got out-reached by defenders along the LOS (vs. Tillery and ND). Once he's pressed, he struggles to re-clasp a block and is typically dead in the water at the mercy of a DL.
Competitive Toughness - Blue collar effort, he's a grinder who plays tough and thrives when there's chaos in the phone booth. He doesn't really bring the functional application to his strength that you'd ideally like to see.
BEST TRAIT - Strength
WORST TRAIT - Functional Athleticism
BEST FILM - USC (2018)
WORST FILM - Notre Dame (2018)
RED FLAGS - None
Nate Herbig is a big, heavy footed interior offensive lineman who has some appeal to teams that implement a high percentage of gap/power runs. Herbig does offer the upper body strength and punch power to uproot defensive rushers at times and successfully absorbs power rushes. But with that in mind, he's pretty limited with his functional movement and he's got his hands full any time he's tasked with playing out in space. Herbig is a lower ceiling player who can fill a depth role.
ROUND GRADE - Seventh Round