Amarlo Herrera had to wait a while, but finally got the call he'd been waiting for when the Indianapolis Colts made him the 207th pick late in the 6th round of the NFL draft.
Herrera has been one of the most durable and reliable fixtures on the Bulldog defense over the last four seasons. He has appeared in all fifty-four games contested during that time, starting every game of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and starting forty-three of them.
And Herrera didn't just show up. He excelled. He finished third in the SEC in tackles in both 2013 and 2014, including ten tackles for a loss in 2014. While he was inexplicably left off the 2014 A.P. preseason All-SEC list, he finished the season earning first team all-conference honors and being named a permanent defensive captain.
That appointment speaks to Herrera's leadership ability. Starting as a sophomore he's been among the most vocal leaders of the UGA defense (and a fun Twitter follow if you're looking for Pretty Little Liars commentary). Beyond that, the 6'1, 244 lb. has been a productive player at the SEC level. If there's a downside to Herrera's game it's that his height/length aren't ideal for coverage situations. Herrera is also probably better suited for a straight ahead 3-4 type scheme, as he can be a little stiff moving laterally, and isn't as much of a downhill attacking linebacker as some schemes might call for. But Amarlo Herrera is a dependable, physical linebacker with a nose for the football, who should also contribute across the linebacking corps and across a variety of special teams for Indy.