Another instalment of Prospect Evaluations leading up to the NFL Draft:
Justin Herbert, QB Oregon:
In a QB class highlighted by Burrow and Tagovailoa, it’s a common theme for Herbert to round out the top 3. The Oregon QB has a great build (6’6 235lbs) with a cannon of an arm. Herbert has been a starter for the Ducks since his freshman year, with his true breakout happening in his sophomore year. Herbert could’ve declared then and there but decided to stay another year at Oregon. He never really made that next step after the sophomore breakout causing him to be in the shadow of Burrow and Tagovailoa in this year’s class. Herbert has great deep ball accuracy paired with pro-ready arm strength. He’s able to make any throw in the book, but just didn’t take many chances at Oregon. Nonetheless he has an NFL ready arm as well as serious mobility. He may be built like a pocket passer but he can run, and can likely handle designed run plays at the next level. We saw this in his win over Wisconsin at the Rose Bowl. Herbert solidified his title as a top 3 QB in this class with an impressive combine and Senior Bowl performance where he took home MVP. Although he’s the most physically gifted in the class Herbert is still a little raw and could benefit from improving his poise when the pocket collapses. I’m not as high as others are on Herbert but the appeal is clear with the tools he possesses. In the right system, with a redshirt year, Herbert can be a good starter in this league.
Pro Comp: Carson Wentz, Ryan Tannehill
Team Fits: Panthers, Chargers, Patriots, Dolphins
Projection: Top 20
Stay tuned for the NFL Draft Heri Mock 2.0 dropping tonight to see where Herbert Lands!
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