Height: 6-4
Weight: 244
40: 4.91
Year: 5Sr

Mark Herzlich

School: Boston College
Position: ILB
Bio: Three-year starter awarded the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award as a senior after finishing the season with 65 tackles, 3.5 tackles, and 4 interceptions. Sat on the sidelines in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. All-Conference and All-American recipient as a junior in 2008, when he led Boston College with 110 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 6 interceptions, and 8 pass break-ups. Sophomore totals included 97/12/1.5.
Positive: One-time highly rated prospect who was slowed by injury and illness the past two years. At the top of his game Herzlich is a playmaker on defense who goes sideline to sideline chasing plays or forcing the action up the field. Gets depth on pass drops, remains disciplined with coverage assignments, and shows skill over the tight end or covering ball carriers out of the backfield. Sells out on the blitz and is tough to stop up the field. Breaks down well and uses his hands correctly. Instinctive and effectively diagnoses the action.
Negative: Lost a lot of quickness and speed upon his return in 2010. Struggles getting off blocks. Displayed a minimal burst. Had difficulty making plays with his back to the ball. Lost a step of speed and was not able to go sideline to sideline.
Analysis: Herzlich, justifiably considered a potential top ten pick before his illness of 2009, valiantly returned to the football field last year and was one of the better stories from college football. His play on the field was not as explosive or quick as previous years and right now Herzlich projects as a two-down, run-defending inside linebacker for a team willing to take a chance on him late in the draft.

Updated 4/28
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Mississippi
T3Jr
21stJalen Ramsey
Florida State
CB3Jr
31stJoey Bosa
Ohio State
DE3Jr
41stMyles Jack
UCLA
OLB3Jr
51stDeforest Buckner
Oregon
DE4Sr
61stJared Goff
California
QB3Jr
71stCarson Wentz
North Dakota State
QB5Sr
81stEzekiel Elliott
Ohio State
RB3Jr
91stRonnie Stanley
Notre Dame
T4Jr
101stLeonard Floyd
Georgia
OLB3Jr
111stJack Conklin
Michigan State
T4Jr
121stVernon Hargreaves
Florida
CB3Jr
131stDarron Lee
Ohio State
OLB4Jr
141stKevin Dodd
Clemson
DE4Jr
151stShaq Lawson
Clemson
DE3Jr
161stA'Shawn Robinson
Alabama
DT3Jr
171stLaQuon Treadwell
Mississippi
WR3Jr
181stRobert Nkemdiche
Mississippi
DT3Jr
191stEli Apple
Ohio State
CB3So
201stSheldon Rankins
Louisville
DT4Sr
211stPaxton Lynch
Memphis
QB4Jr
221stMackensie Alexander
Clemson
CB3So
231stReggie Ragland
Alabama
ILB4Sr
241stAndrew Billings
Baylor
DT3Jr
251stWill Fuller
Notre Dame
WR3Jr