By: Steve Johnson
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
*combine measurements and drills added in Feb.
2016: 8 games. 162/255 for 1,936 yards. 19 TD, 4 int.
2017: 8 games. 139/206 for 1,983 yards. 15 TD, 5 int.
Misc. Stats: 108 car, 385 yards, 8 TD in career.
Injuries: Missed 5 games in 2017.
History: Three-star recruit from Eugene.
Strengths: Big, strong, and athletic. Has the arm strength to put the ball in tight windows. Can really drop it into zone coverage. Shows great touch on his deep ball and really likes throwing it down field. Really good athlete, has a long striding motion. Is dangerous in RPOs. Can use his legs to extend the play outside the pocket. Accurate in short to intermediate routes.
Weaknesses: Has had trouble dealing with pressure (specifically vs Boise St. in Las Vegas Bowl). Has a slight 3/4 throwing motion when hurried. Has not been asked to make multiple reads very often, coming from Oregon’s spread offense.
Overview: Herbert looks the part of the new style QB. He has the arm strength, size, and athleticism that teams desire. He needs to work on his throwing motion and footwork when being hurried in 2018.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Phanaddict Draft Grade: TBD
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