Miami’s Chris Herndon selected by New York Jets in fourth round of 2018 NFL Draft

Chris Herndon runs for extra yardage during Miami’s 20017 win at North Carolina. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Chris Herndon was the 107th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Jets picked quarterback Sam Darnold in the first round.

More about the former Miami tight end:

Chris Herndon, TE
Miami Hurricanes
6-foot-4, 253 pounds

Selected Post coverage

Nov. 2017: Senior class restored shine to ‘The U’

Nov. 2017: Herndon will miss rest of season

July 2017: Herndon’s a weapon for UM

On tape

Quick bio

Starting in tandem with first-round pick David Njoku as a junior, Herndon registered a quiet 334 yards and two touchdowns on 28 catches. He broke out as a senior, making 40 catches for 477 yards and four touchdowns in his first 11 games. However, an MCL tear in his left knee in November ended his season early. Herndon, a former four-star recruit from Norcross, Ga., was a second-team All-ACC selection last year. Herndon finished his Miami career with 1,048 yards and seven touchdowns on 86 catches.

Scouting report

ESPN’s Todd McShay ranked him No. 93 on his top 300 list, his fifth-ranked tight end and highest-ranked Hurricane in the draft. The website WalterFootball projected him as a third- to fifth-rounder.

NFL.com, which compared him to Ricky Seals-Jones and projected him as a fourth- to fifth-round pick, said his “athletic ability will flash on tape, but his college production was pedestrian and he’s still very raw. He has TE2 potential if he can improve his upper body strength and hand placement as a blocker. While Miami used him as a “run after the catch” option, NFL teams may lock in on his ability to threaten defenses on the second and third levels. Herndon has exciting athletic ability, but there is still plenty of room for improvement before he becomes a factor in the NFL.”

NFL Combine results 

Bench press: 21 reps
Arms: 32.875 inches
Hands: 9.25 inches

Herndon, coming off his November knee surgery, did not run or jump at the Combine or Pro Day.

		
		
				
		
		
		
		
		
				
		
		
		

Scout’s take

“He’s a good athlete and has ability to make big plays which is what I care about. He’s not a soft blocker either. He’s just really raw with everything. I’m okay with that. You take those guys later and you let your coaches develop them. It’s all coachable for him.” — AFC team executive, according to NFL.com

Parting shot