Who is Justin Herbert? NFL Draft scouting reports, highlights & more on the Chargers’ top pick

first_imgJustin Herbert’s brotherThe Herbert family tradition at Oregon is still going strong. Justin’s brother Patrick, who was a four-star tight end in high school, signed with the Ducks in 2018.Patrick Herbert, who like Justin attended Sheldon High School in Eugene, is a 6-5, 251-pound beast who was rated as the No. 1 overall recruit in the state of Oregon by 247 Sports (and the No. 6 tight end in the country). He chose Oregon over California, Florida, Nebraska, Oregon State and Penn State.Patrick Herbert redshirted as a freshman in 2019, so he never got a chance play in a game at Autzen Stadium with his brother. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ee/70/justin-herbert-112319-getty-ftr_9zix82qbz5s31cra9t2m42m7t.jpg?t=-1693930986&w=500&quality=80 Though nobody can be sure about how a quarterback prospect will perform once he reaches the NFL, evaluators seem to have a pretty clear view of where Herbert ranks among passers in the 2020 NFL Draft.Hebert, a 22-year-old who quite literally was raised to become an Oregon quarterback, is nestled comfortably behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa among QBs on most NFL Draft big boards. His is a big, strong-armed, mobile passer who has tons of potential given his hard-working mentality. He just needs the right coaching in the NFL. Justin Herbert NFL Draft scouting reportsSporting News”Herbert is efficient and mentally tough with underrated athleticism, which manifested itself down the stretch of his final season with the Ducks. He needs a little help with his decision-making, but at the Senior Bowl, he proved how receptive he is to coaching.”NFL.com”Big, talented full-field scanner able to find the right read and sling it around the yard from the pocket or on the move. Herbert rushed throws in 2018, but he showed marked improvement in that area, excluding the Auburn opener. He trusts his protection while working through coverages and route development and has big-boy arm talent and drive velocity to stress and impress defenses. He’s confident attacking downfield, but touch throws evade him and may have created tentativeness with certain short and intermediate throws. Ball placement requires additional emphasis, but upgrading to NFL skill talent could help him bloom. Herbert has a high ceiling and is the most physically gifted quarterback in the draft, but he doesn’t have as many “wow” plays as expected for someone with his traits, experience and potential.”Justin Herbert major, GPA at OregonIn 2019, Herbert became the second player in Pac-12 history to win the William V. Campbell Trophy, also known as the “Academic Heisman.” The award “recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.”Herbert, who graduated with a degree in General Science maintained a 4.01 GPA at Oregon.Herbert also was a three-time Academic All-America first team honoree (2017, 2018, 2019) and a two-time Academic All-America Team Member of the Year (2018, 2019). Herbert grew up in Eugene, Ore., just down the road from Autzen Stadium. His grandfather played wide receiver for the Ducks in the 1960s, and he and his family frequented Oregon football games before he was recruited to play for the Ducks — an impressive accomplishment considering Nevada gave him his only other FBS offer.Four years later, Herbert left Oregon with the second most touchdown passes (95) and passing yards (10,541) in school history. Below is all you need to know about the big-armed quarterback from the Pacific Northwest.MORE: The riskiest picks of the 2020 NFL DraftJustin Herbert highlightsHerbert’s highlights from Oregon make obvious both his arm strength and his athletecism, especially some impressive straight-line speed.Below are his career highlights from four years with the Ducks.Justin Herbert 40 time, NFL Combine resultsOf the quarterbacks who ran 40-yard dashes at the 2020 NFL Combine, only Hawaii’s Cole McDonald (4.58) and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts (4.59) posted faster 40 times than Hebert’s 4.68. He also posted the best 3-cone drill time among quarterbacks at the Combine with a run of 7.06 seconds.Not only did Herbert test as one of the most athletic quarterbacks at the Combine, but he also measured as the biggest. At 6-6, 236 pounds, he weighed one pound heavier than Iowa’s Nate Stanley.Height6-6Weight236 poundsArms32 7/8″Hands10″40-yard dash4.68 secondsVertical jump35.5 inchesBroad jump123.0 inches3-cone drill7.06 seconds20-yard shuttle4.46 secondsBelow are Herbert’s highlights from the 2020 NFL Combine, including his on-field throwing drills.Justin Herbert stats from OregonHerberts numbers at Oregon are impressive enough on the surface. They look even better given the context of his working under three different head coaches changes during his four years with the Ducks — Mark Helfrich in 2016, Willie Taggart in 2017 and Mario Cristobal in 2018-19.In the sixth game of the 2016 season, Herbert became the first true freshman to start at QB for Oregon since Chris Miller did so in 1983. He kept the starting job for his sophomore year but suffered a broken collarbone early in the season. The numbers from his final two seasons at Oregon proved what he could do when healthy and starting for a full slate of games.YearSchoolClassGamesComp.Att.Pct.YardsY/AAY/ATDsINTsRating2016OregonFR816225563.51,9367.68.4194148.82017OregonSO813920667.51,9839.610.0155167.52018OregonJR1324040459.43,1517.88.3298144.62019OregonSR1428642866.83,4718.19.0326156.8Courtesy of Oregon’s athletics site, below are Herbert’s career accomplishments with the Ducks:Led Oregon to a 29-13 record over 42 career starts, including a 27-8 mark over final three seasons.Oregon averaged 37.2 points per game over his 42 career starts.Had a TD pass in 40 of 42 career starts, including a streak of 35 consecutive games.Finished second in Oregon history in TD passes (95) and passing yards (10,541), good for sixth and 14th, respectively, in Pac-12 history.Program’s all-time leader in pass completions (827) and pass attempts (1,293).Holds the program record for most TD passes (54) and passing yards (5,904) inside Autzen Stadium.Oregon was 19-3 and averaged 42.8 points per game over Herbert’s 22 starts in Autzen Stadium.Finished his career with 35 TD passes and just five interceptions in 15 Pac-12 road games (14 starts).One of two players in program history with back-to-back 3,000-yard passing seasons.Nine career 300-yard games are second most in program history.Threw a TD pass to 24 different players over his career.Had 50 career TD passes and just four interceptions in the red zone.last_img


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