By this time, most of you have heard the wonderful story of Mark Herzlich and his tremendous overcoming of cancer. What you may not remember is the dominating season he had in 2008. Just listen to this stat line…110 tackles (13 for loss), 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 interceptions, 2 defensive touchdowns, and a partridge in a pear tree.
A you can imagine from the above statistics, Mark shows an ability to read his keys and process his responsibility quickly. Similarly, he reads run and differentiates play action fakes and regularly puts himself in the right position on the field. From an athletic perspective, he stays balanced and shows great footwork, especially in his pass coverage, ready to break in any direction as the ball is released.
At the combine, Herzlich measured in at 6’4, 244 lbs. He competed 29 reps on the bench and ran a 4.96 40-yard dash. While some may raise concern on his lack of overall speed, I believe that his elite instincts and rare effort more than make up for it. After being considered by many as a top 10 pick after his 2008 season, Mark won’t even be drafted in the first two days this year, but he will give you his full effort on every single play. I wouldn’t be surprised if we look back and consider him to be the steal of the 2011 draft.