3. Justin Herbert, Oregon
Size: 6-6, 236
The Good: On all-around talent and tools, he’s it. He’s everything you could want in an NFL quarterback with the 6-6 size, the sub-4.7 speed, the all-around athleticism to do a little of everything in any scheme, and the arm strength to put the ball wherever is needed.
While he wasn’t always on, he was able to usually find a way to get the job done. The Wisconsin defense had the Oregon offense shut down to a dead stop in the Rose Bowl, but Herbert was able to get the win with his three touchdown runs.
He’s a pro passer who doesn’t need a whole lot of technique work and tweaking.
The Not-So-Good: There’s something missing, and it’s hard to put a finger on it. For whatever reason, he has a reputation for not being a fiery leader or the type of Johnny Attaboy who’ll rally his team, but there’s no questioning his character in any way.
The bigger problem was his occasional disappearances against okay teams. Struggling to throw the ball against Wisconsin is one thing, but he struggled too much at times over the last two years and never got it going until it was way too late in the loss to Arizona State.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: Blow off any of the leadership questions immediately – so what if he’s not Baker Mayfield? If he produces, no one will care if he’s a locker room screamer.
We could all be looking back on this draft three years from now and wonder why we didn’t see the obvious – he might just be the best player in the draft, and we all made too many excuses to knock him down a bit.
Projected Round: Top Ten Overall