A four-year starter for his hometown Ducks, Justin Herbert finished his Oregon stint as the school’s all-time leader in completions (827) while ranking second to former Heisman winner Marcus Mariota in both touchdowns (95) and passing yards (10,541). Herbert went out in style, riding into the sunset with a career-high 32 touchdown heaves and 3,471 passing yards for the Pac-12 Champion Ducks in 2019 and starred with three rushing touchdowns in a heroic Rose Bowl victory over Big-Ten runner-up Wisconsin. Herbert put on a clinic at the annual Senior Bowl in January, leaving Mobile as the game’s MVP.
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2019 Stats: 32 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, 3,471 passing yards, 66.8 completion percentage, 8.1 yards per attempt, 156.8 passer rating, 24 sacks, 58 carries, 50 rushing yards, 0.9 yards per carry, four rushing touchdowns
Accolades: William V. Campbell Trophy (2019), Rose Bowl MVP (2020), Senior Bowl MVP (2020), Academic All-American, four-year starter
Strengths: Cerebral (he was the recipient of last year’s Academic Heisman), cannon-armed and remarkably mobile for his size (he scooted to a 4.68 at the Combine, third-fastest among quarterbacks), Herbert’s raw tools are exceptional. Herbert succeeded at Oregon in spite of a pedestrian receiving corps and a counter-productive offense that didn’t always play to his strengths. The Ducks’ lack of coaching continuity throughout his Eugene tenure (he played under three head coaches) was no doubt a factor in Herbert’s mixed results.
Weaknesses: Herbert’s accuracy in college came and went, particularly on short and intermediate throws. The Beaver State native has a tendency to panic when defenses pressure him and too often locks onto his initial read. Herbert’s elite size and athleticism (91.6 percentile SPARQ score) are major selling points, though his tunnel vision and fumbling habit (he coughed it up 12 times while at Oregon) could prove costly at the next level.
Player Comparison: Josh Allen
Herbert and Allen share many of the same qualities as strong, big-bodied escape artists who can throw it a mile, but miss layups and are prone to inaccuracy.
What Experts Are Saying
“If his offensive live gives him time, Herbert can absolutely pick apart a defense with his arm talent and also is able to use his legs to create big plays when nothing is open.” – Charlie Campbell, Walter Football
“Herbert’s game should translate cleanly to the NFL.” – Thor Nystrom, Rotoworld
“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.” – Lance Zierlein, NFL.com