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NFL Draft Prospect Preview - Kyle Hergel

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Today’s Spotlight - Boston College, Guard, Kyle Hergel


Name- Kyle Hergel

Pos- Guard

Team- Boston College

HT/WT- 6’2” 315 lbs.

Born- n/a

Home – Toronto, Ont


Kyle Hergel starred at Clarkson Football North in Toronto, Ontario. There he was a team captain and a 3-star recruit by 247Sports. He committed to North Dakota to play football in the United States during his senior season.


At North Dakota in 2018, Hergel was redshirted for the season after only appearing in 1 game but found the field in 2019, starting all 12 games at right guard for the Fighting Hawks. His consistent play led to him being named the FCS Independent’s Newcomer of the Year. During the Covid-19 shortened season in 2020, he started all 5 games at right guard but did not play in the FCS playoffs. After the season he entered the transfer portal and elected to play football at Texas State in the Sun Belt Conference.


In his first season at Texas State, Hergel was named All-Sun Belt Second Team. He started all 12 games at right guard. According to PFF he only allowed 1 sack in 477 passing plays. He continued his solid play in 2022, starting all 12 games and once again was credited with just 1 sack and 7 pressures given up during the campaign. After the season, Hergel entered the transfer portal and this time decided to play his last season at Boston College. 


As a 5th-year senior Hergel saw action in 12 games at left guard and played a total of 868 snaps for the Eagles. He allowed just 2 quarterback hurries, 2 quarterback hits and 0 sacks. 

 

Hergel is a physical interior lineman who enjoys the battles in tight quarters. He plays with elite upper body strength and heavy, strong hands to attack and control defenders off the snap. His eyes are always up and he is efficient at picking up twists and stunts. He understands and excels at combo blocks and is proficient at sealing the edge with the tackle. He is athletic enough to get out ahead of pulls and gets to the second level with explosiveness. He sets up with a good wide base and has leverage to withstand bullrushes. His athleticism was written about in Bruce Feldman’s Freak List. In 2021 Feldman wrote, “Herget, a 2021 All-Sun Belt honorable mention selection, vertical-jumped 34 inches this off-season and broad-jumped 9’4”. He ran a 40-time of 5.01, power cleaned 385 lbs and benched 500 lbs.” He has the footwork to possibly be given a shot at right tackle to add to his versatility in the pros.


Hergel showed a lack of leverage at times for Boston College. The stronger, faster pass rushers got into Hergel’s chest and though he has the athleticism to get to the second level, he is often too out of control to make a sustained block and needs to break down better before attacking defenders. He can get sloppy with his initial punch needs to be more patient when pulling. He needs to show he can adjust to the strength and speed of the NFL’s bull rush and continue to be the anchor that he’s been. 


Draft Nation thinks Kyle Hergel has a lot of similar attributes as Tyler Shatley. Shatley was an undrafted free agent who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars after the 2014 draft. Shatley has carved out a successful career being a versatile offensive lineman for the Jaguars but Draft Nation thinks that Hergel has a higher ceiling. 


Strengths


  • Athletic

  • Tight quarter battles

  • Combo blocks

  • Footwork


Weaknesses


  • Bullrushes

  • Hand placement

  • Speed rushers

  • Staying in control


Final Analysis


Kyle Hergel has the physical style and athleticism to become a valuable depth part of an NFL team’s offensive line group. His footwork is excellent and he loves to hit and battle in tight quarters. He could be a solid late round pick who could one day start in the NFL.


Draft 412 Draft Projection -  Round 6 or Round 7

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