Considered one of the top overall prospects in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft, and by some the top quarterback, Oregon Ducks junior QB Justin Herbert may have changed the entire landscape by coming back for his senior season in Eugene.
Herbert, a 6’6, 235-pounder from Eugene, passed for 2,985 yards and 28 touchdowns while completing 59.6 percent of his passes, was widely projected as the top QB in a already thin 2019 quarterback class that featured Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones, North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley and West Virginia’s Will Grier.
Slotted to teams needing a quarterback such as the New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars, Hebert’s decision to stay one more year at Oregon may even open up the door for Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray.
An intriguing combination of size, mobility and arm strength, Herbert has the type of physical tools that many teams are looking for as he was the sixth top prospect per ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.
With the draft about four months away, teams that were looking to put Hebert at the top of their draft boards will now have to look elsewhere.