The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Justin Herbert 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-5, 237 pounds
2019 stats: 3,471 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, six interceptions, 66.8 percent completion, 8.1 yards per attempt
Herbert is one of the most experienced quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft, as he was a four-year starter for Oregon. He will now be one of the candidates to be selected early in the first round at the quarterback position.
Although he didn’t start at the beginning of his freshman season, Herbert broke into the lineup and started eight games. His play helped the Ducks win nine games this year. In his second season, Oregon won just four games, but Herbert only played in eight games due to an injury. His junior season, Herbert broke out with 3,151 passing yards, 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 59.4 percent completion. The Ducks won nine games including their victory in the Red Box Bowl. Surprisingly, Herbert decided to return for his senior season at Oregon and led them to a Rose Bowl victory. He passed for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions on 66.8 percent completion.
After returning to Oregon for his senior season, Herbert retained a lot of his draft stock. He is now projected to be one of the first quarterbacks selected and he could be selected in the top 10.
Herbert has a very strong arm, especially to other quarterbacks who are ranked near the top of this draft class. He will be able to make most of the throws required of him at the NFL level. When he needs to, Herbert can put extra zip on the ball to make sure it gets there before defenders can.
His size is also a strength, as he stands at 6-foot-6 and 237 pounds. Herbert has the build most NFL evaluators want in a quarterback. He will be able to see over the line of scrimmage with ease and if he adds a little more strength, Herbert will be hard to take down in the pocket.
He has a very nice deep ball that he unleashes a few times per game. Herbert has good arm strength, but he also has good touch and anticipation to make throws way down the field. Even if the throws don’t result in a big completion, his throws are on target enough to draw pass interference a lot of times.
Durability will be a question for Herbert, as his injuries have piled up since his high school days. He has both leg and shoulder injuries in his past that will need to be looked at during the NFL Combine medical examinations. Adding a few pounds to his frame will lighten some of these concerns, but his history will bring up some red flags.
Herbert doesn’t always make it through all of his progressions. At times, he locks on to his primary target without making any other reads. Other times he makes a read or two before tucking the ball and running. He rarely reads the whole field, which will hold him back in the NFL if he doesn’t improve.
His decision-making skills aren’t always present. He threw a minimal number of interceptions, but there were a lot of ill-advised throws. Sometimes he throws the ball up for grabs, while other times he just forces it to a receiver who isn’t open. Luckily, he minimized the number of times he did this, but he still has it happen too many times.
Projected Draft Range: Top 15 pick
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