Chargers first-round pick: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
With Justin Herbert still on the board, and none of the best offensive linemen available, he was the clear pick here.
The Oregon Ducks have embraced a more run-first orientated offense and as a result Herbert hasn’t had as many big games this year but he still has had the opportunity to show off his elite arm talent.
On the season he has completed 200 of 288 pass attempts (69.4 percent completion rate), for 2,329 yards, 24 passing touchdowns and only two interceptions. Herbert has been incredibly accurate and efficient with the football this year, something that was a bit of a knock on him during his previous seasons.
The Draft Network includes a pros and cons report on each of the players that anyone can access. Here’s what one analyst said of the star quarterback:
“Possesses the requisite traits you look for in a signal caller. Has elite arm strength. Can make throws at different arm angles with the same velocity and zip. Excellent deep-ball thrower. Has no problem fitting throws into tight windows. Shows flashes of elite touch and ball placement at all levels of the field. Rarely puts his receivers in harm’s way. Accuracy does not waver when on the move or outside the pocket.” – Benjamin Solak, The Draft Network
The negatives about Herbert seem to be concerns of durability as their analysts all pointed to his two previous femur and collarbone breaks. However, Herbert has matured physically and does have the prototypical NFL quarterback frame.
Herbert could be a great option as the heir apparent to Rivers. With his ability to protect the football while also being able to sling it around the field, he is a clear fit for what the Chargers want to do at quarterback.
The added bonus here is the obvious upgrade in the mobility department. If he is the pick the Chargers could elect to hand him the reins right away, his skill set should make him very NFL ready, but they could also let him sit for a year behind Rivers or even Tyrod Taylor.
The only QB in Oregon history to throw five TD passes in back-to-back games?
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) September 15, 2019
It’s also likely that a team that loves Herbert could trade into the top ten to select him. Every year there is a run on quarterbacks early so that would not be a surprise at all.
Other players in this range were: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama. Isaiah Simmons, LB, Clemson. CeeDee Lamb, WR , Oklahoma. Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn. Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama.