After months of speculation and anticipation, the first round of the 2020 Draft has finally concluded. After tireless amounts of mock drafts and scenarios, the LA Chargers selected Justin Herbert, quarterback from Oregon, with the sixth overall pick.
So obviously, as they have now selected the future of the franchise at the quarterback position, everyone might want to know a little bit more about this man.
LA Chargers: Get to know sixth overall pick, Justin Herbert.
Born and raised in Eugene Oregon, Herbert had always been a fan of the Oregon Ducks, as his grandfather had attended school there and played wide receiver, as well as he had grown up only 10 minutes away from the stadium.
It was a no brainer when he was extended the offer to attend the school. Standing in a 6ft 6 and 240lbs Herbert is a tall and athletic quarterback. Throughout his entire collegiate career, he posted a 29-14 win to loss ratio, throwing for10,541 yards and 95 TDs to a measly 22 interceptions as well as, rushing for 560 yards and scoring 13 TD’s on the ground.
Definitely a different type of quarterback than we, the fans, have been used to the last couple seasons behind center for the Chargers.
Not only that but he has received quite a few accolades over his career as well, he was named an Academic All American in 2017, named to the Pac 12 All-Academic Team, received the William V. Campbell trophy (The Academic Heisman), and most notably was the Rose Bowl and Senior Bowl MVP in 2020.
Throughout the entire draft process, there have been questions about his leadership ability and if he could be the star on a team that everyone felt the Chargers needed. He has had no problem coming on and doing interviews heavily denying these statements. saying “To anyone who has made these sorts of claims has never really met me… I’m sure my teammates would beg to differ” (h/t Pat McAfee Show).
Though now there are some genuine concerns about his accuracy and the scheme that they run in Oregon on the offensive side of the ball. It is extremely conservative and does not allow the ball to be aired out much, despite Herbert having a cannon for an arm.
It will have to be seen if he can survive the passing offense that is sure to be run with a running back such as Austin Ekeler and wide receivers such as Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.
Overall, the LA Chargers made a sound pick, and with all the intangibles and god-given talent that Justin Herbert has, I am of the opinion that he will be a successful starter with the Los Angeles Chargers.