The LA Chargers struck gold in the 2020 NFL Draft when Justin Herbert fell to the sixth overall pick. The Bolts needed a franchise quarterback and little did fans know that the team would land another potential all-time great.
Herbert has set the NFL world ablaze in his short NFL career as he quickly established himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the sport. With how this season has transpired thus far, it is not crazy to say that Herbert is the second-best quarterback in the sport only behind Patrick Mahomes.
Yet for some reason, Herbert has received more unjust criticism than any other quarterback in the league. Last season he was called a social media quarterback while putting up great numbers with busted rips and a torn labrum. This year, he is being put below the guy who was just drafted last in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Michael Irvin says Brock Purdy is better than Justin Herbert
Look, Brock Purdy has been a great story and there are a lot of people who are underrating him just because he is on the San Francisco 49ers, but this is taking it too far. Purdy has played very well so far but to put him above Herbert? That is a reach and a half.
In fact, Herbert is literally the perfect quarterback for Kyle Shanahan's system up in San Francisco. He processes quickly, can read a defense, has a cannon of an arm and very rarely makes a mistake with the football. If you were to put Herbert on the 49ers with those weapons and that offense he might have the best single season in NFL history.
That is not hyperbole. This is a guy who has thrown for over 5,000 yards with a shoddy offensive line and a poor offensive coaching staff. Just imagine if he had the best weapons in the sport (like Purdy) with the best offensive mind in the league.
This is yet another reminder of how Herbert is undervalued by a lot of pundits in the NFL world. Perhaps it is because he doesn't go out and do media like other quarterbacks. He isn't flashy (not that Purdy is) and he plays on a Chargers team that often gets overlooked by NFL fans.
Herbert is boring (even though his game is anything but) while Purdy is this miraculous story of someone who was taken with the last pick in the draft who is now a starter.
If Herbert had a back story like that, and was a sixth-round pick instead of a sixth-overall pick, then he probably would not be overlooked in this way. But alas, here we are.