Herzlich clearly didn't return to his All-America form after the harrowing year off, but he was a key cog in the nation's No. 1 run defense, finishing third on the team in tackles while also picking off four passes; he was still widely considered a draftable prospect coming into the weekend. Even with his past health concerns, the snub is a mystery: The Patriots used a fifth-round pick on TCU offensive lineman Marcus Cannon, who was just diagnosed with lymphoma last week and is in the beginning stages of chemotherapy.
My dad is starting to get some names of agents,'' said Herzlich. "And I've been invited to the Senior Bowl) and then I'll start thinking about the (NFL) combine. So some things are going on.