4. Khalil Herbert
From a marketing perspective, this just makes too much sense. Not only will Justin Herbert be handing the ball off to a fellow Herbert, but now the LA Chargers can slap a ‘J.’ in front of Justin Hebrert’s last name on his jersey and you have an excuse to sell more jerseys of the franchise quarterback.
Marketing 101 at its finest.
That is not why Khalil Herbert would be a solid pickup in the late rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft, though. Herbert has a lot of potential not only as a rotational back but to be a true number two back behind Austin Ekeler in 2021 and years beyond.
He has good vision behind the line of scrimmage in getting to the open running lanes and showed proficiency in making tacklers miss at the NCAA level. The Virginia Tech running back carried the ball 155 times for 1,183 yards and eight touchdowns. For those keeping track at home, that is an average yards per carry of eight.
The only drawback with Herbert is that he did not show much prowess in the passing game, which could become an issue if Ekeler gets hurt again.