#64, Anthony Herrera, OG
(6021, 317, 5.22-5.30) Tennessee
Notes: Born 6/14/80, in Trinidad, Tobago. Was an All-State Class 6A selection his senior year at St. Xavier High School in Naples, Fla., where he was a two-year starter at left tackle and a one-year starter on defense. He was the team MVP and captain as a senior. He also participated in the shot put for the track team. His agent is former Vikings’ tackle Tim Irwin (1981-93), who also attended Tennessee. Herrera has become one of many Vikings who are active in the community, including volunteering his time at the Bloomington Masonic Home through the Toro Giving program. He also participated in Viking Victory Hospital Visits and African American Adoption Agency Holiday Party.
College: Did not play in 1999 due to Proposition 48 rules. Played in every game, starting the first five games and final three contests at left guard in 2000; registered 56 knockdowns as the offense totaled 4,105 yards. Played in all 13 games in 2001 and started six contests, seeing action at left guard, right tackle and left tackle. Began the season at tackle but moved to guard following injuries along the offensive line. Collected 41 knockdowns as the offense gathered 4,829 total yards. Played in 11 games and started nine contests, playing right guard and left tackle in 2002; posted 64 knockdowns for an offense that averaged 353.2 yards per game. Started the first three games and final nine contests at left offensive guard in 2003. Sat out one game with a high ankle sprain. Finished with 70 knockdowns/key blocks as he cleared the way for an offense that averaged 371.8 yards per game. Tennessee scored on 40 of 46 trips in the red zone (87.0%). Played alongside Michael Anthony Munoz Jr., son of NFL Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, with the Volunteers Started 36-of-48 games for the Volunteers – 22 came at left guard, 13 at right guard and one at left tackle. Gained a fourth year of eligibility by graduating in four academic years after arriving at UT in the fall of 1999 as a non-qualifier. Economics major.
Had some off-the-field questions coming into the NFL Draft and was unable to work out fully at the Combine due to an ankle injury. Those two issues likely prevented him from being drafted.
Pro: Herrera originally signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He spent the first nine weeks of his rookie season on the practice squad before being moved up to the active roster for the rest of the season. He played in 10 games and started the final six of the 2005 season at left guard. He saw limited duty in just two games, dressed but did not play in one game and was inactive for 13 games in 2006. Herrera began the 2007 season as the backup and occasionally rotating with veteran Artis Hicks at right guard before becoming the starter in Week 5.
Positives: Athletic and explosive with good foot quickness and lower body strength. Can strike with some pop and does not let up. Physical and aggressive player who fires out on linebackers and blocks in space effectively. Sustains his blocks nicely and shows the tenacity to finish. Effective drive blocker when he stays low and maintains proper technique. Strong hands and can control defenders. Plays with good knee bend and balance. Good awareness in pass protection. Can mirror and slide.
Negatives: Is overaggressive at times, which leads to sacrificing sound technique. Can be inconsistent and seems to have occasional lapses in concentration. Lacks outstanding, dominant size and a big, massive frame.
Summary: Herrera has played well since becoming the starter at right guard this season. He’s been effective in the running game, particularly in rooting out defenders at the point of attack at times, or in aggressively dropping them downfield. He’s also held his own on pass protection and plays with a lot of fire and enthusiasm.