Mark Herzlich Scouting Report
|School:||Boston College Eagles|
|Height & Weight:||6'4 - 244 lbs.|
2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College
Back in 2006 Herzlich was named to a variety of Freshman All-America teams after tallying 42 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss and a sack. He even had an interception and forced two fumbles. By 2007 the 6-4 linebacker was a staple in the lineup and turning into a leader of the Eagles. On the year he totaled an impressive 97 tackles and led the team with 12.0 tackles-for-loss. It was in 2008 when Herzlich went from a great player in the Atlantic Coast Conference to a great player on a national level. Herzlich picked off six passes, ranking tops in the nation for a linebacker and returned two of those for touchdowns. He also led the Eagles with 110 tackles and added eight pass break-ups and two forced fumbles. That effort earned him the ACC Defensive Player of the Year award.
Herzlich's story is an inspiring one and there has been and will be much talk about his heroic return to football. But his football story will continue. Herzlich is a fine outside linebacker who obviously has a ton of heart and work ethic. He is a good athlete too and even if nagging injuries continue to slow his senior season, Herzlich will tough it out and should be a second round draft pick.
2/8 Update: The Senior Bowl was not good to Herzlich. He was too often easily blocked by running backs on blitz attempts. On top his of his poor pass rushing, Herzlich was also beat in coverage. Unfortunately, a player who was considered one of the best NFL prospects just a couple years ago has slipped to the second round and is now falling even further.
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