The Cincinnati Bengals' final pick in the 2012 NFL Draft is former Ohio State running back Daniel "Boom" Herron. Cincinnati had passed on picking a back in previous rounds, but didn't leave New York before adding another runner to the stable.
Herron is another great value pick for the Bengals in this draft. He's a tough back who dropped in the draft because of missing half the season because of his role in the "Tattoo-gate" scandal that rocked the program.
Herron rushed for over 1000 yards and scored 16 touchdowns in his junior season that saw him named as an all Big 10 selection. Even though he missed more than half of the Buckeyes' season in 2011, he gained over 600 yards and averaged five yards per carry.
Herron has excellent breakaway speed and very quick feet that make him dangerous at the second level. He struggles with patience reading blocks, however, and questions exist about his pass protection skills. He also didn't catch the ball out of the backfield much at Ohio State.
Herron gives the Bengals a complimentary between the tackles back to accompany BenJarvus Green-Ellis. With time and the right attitude, Herron could develop into a steal, much like the undrafted Green-Ellis was for New England.
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