Round 4 – Pick 129
Chris Herndon, TE, Miami
One of the areas frequently mocked to the Jaguars in round one was tight end. The team went out and signed former Jet Austin Sefarian-Jenkins this year in free agency. After cleaning up his act, ASJ was a useful piece for the Jets and should see his grow in Jacksonville’s offense. The team also still has Mercedes Lewis on the roster. The team could use an injection of athleticism in their depth chart at tight end.
Enter Miami’s Chris Herndon. He is sliding down draft boards because he was hurt late in the season. When healthy Herndon was a multi-dimensional weapons for the Hurricanes. Defenses had no idea where this guy would line up. One play he would be in-line, the next out wide, then the next in the backfield. With clear medicals, he is the ideal match-up chess piece for a creative offensive mind.
Herndon is a forgotten name in a deep but not top-heavy tight-end class because of his late season injury. He did not run at the combine but showed excellent strength with 21 reps on the bench at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds. His Miami pro-day will give insight to just how athletic the former wide receiver can be. Herndon is a raw athlete with some intriguing skills. In a year or two he could turn into a steal given the potential he showed at Miami.