Justin Herbert drafted 6th overall by Chargers

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The Los Angeles Chargers selected quarterback Justin Herbert out of Oregon No. 6 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco expressed interest in Herbert early in the process, but - as he usually does - kept his first-round plans close to the vest.

Multiple reports surfaced in recent weeks that the Chargers didn't view Tyrod Taylor as a bridge quarterback and wanted the veteran to start under center for 2020 and potentially beyond.

Herbert was an accomplished passer with the Ducks. He completed 67% of his passes for 32 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2019. The 6-foot-6 signal-caller will presumably compete with Taylor in training camp as a rookie.

Prospect Profile

School: Oregon
Height: 6-6
Weight: 236 lbs

Positives

  • Ideal height and weight for the position
  • Big arm allows him to attack downfield and challenge tight windows
  • Athlete who can make plays as a runner by design or when the play breaks down
  • Accurate to short and intermediate levels
  • Proficient with pre-snap reads
  • Works through multiple progressions post-snap

Negatives

  • Often slow to make decisions in the pocket
  • Sails too many driven throws downfield
  • Doesn't throw with anticipation
  • Effectiveness drops significantly when facing pressure
  • Lack of production against top competition

Bottom Line

Herbert is a highly touted prospect entering the NFL after returning to Oregon for his senior season. Scouts will be enamored with his frame, arm talent, and athleticism, as that combination gives him the upside of a solid starter at the next level. He remains a first-round prospect, as he would have been had he declared as a junior, though returning to school didn't do anything to boost his stock. He'll need to be brought along as a developmental quarterback early on in his pro career. The upside is there, but patience may be required before he's potentially able to make the most of his raw talents.

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