2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Oregon QB Justin Herbert

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Justin Herbert

Height: 6’6

Weight: 237 lbs


2019 William V. Campbell Trophy Winner
2019 Davey O’Brien Semifinalist
2019 Maxwell Award Preseason Watchlist


Justin Herbert is a four-year productive quarterback for the University of Oregon.  Consensus three-star recruiting prospect.  Three head coaches throughout his four year collegiate career.  In this article, we’ll be taking a look at Justin Herbert to evaluate his future as an NFL quarterback.



What I Like:

Pocket Movement and Deep Throw Placement

I should start out by saying that I’m not the biggest fan of this throw, but Justin Herbert delivers the ball perfectly for the touchdown.  What I’m impressed with is his ability to identify pressure quickly and navigate a collapsing pocket.  Of course, he tops it off by sacrificing his body to deliver a perfect strike downfield, where only the receiver can make a play on the ball.



What I Dislike:

Tendency To Miss Open Receivers

Throughout my scouting process, I’ve found several instances of Justin Herbert missing open receivers.  On this play, Herbert has good pass protection, which gives him ample time to make downfield reads.  As the third quarter of a close game nears it’s end, I’d like to see Herbert elevate his team.  Unfortunately, it just doesn’t happen on this play.



Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Quick Pressure Identification and Accuracy Downfield

Once again, Justin Herbert identifies a free rusher quickly and drifts to his right to avoid the pressure.  Herbert then scans the field quickly to deliver a strike to his receiver along the sidelines.  It’s these types of plays that have Justin Herbert’s draft stock at such a high level.



Overall Breakdown

Has good height and weight for the quarterback position.  Displays good athleticism to change directions quickly or escape collapsing pockets quickly.  Has a good ability to throw accurate screens and slants with anticipation.  Shows to have a good ability set his feet and get the ball out quickly.  Displays a good ability to lead receivers across the middle of the field.  Has a good ability to fit the ball into tight windows on passes down the middle of the field. Has a solid ability to throw accurate passes downfield.  Displays good arm strength on throws outside the numbers or across the field.  Has good arm strength and velocity on throws up the middle of the field.  Shows to have a solid ability to identify free rushers from the middle and roll out of pocket.  Displays a good ability to maneuver throughout pocket and identify pressure quickly.  Has good movement in the pocket to elude pressure while keeping eyes downfield.  Displays a willingness to take big hits in the pocket and sacrifice his body to deliver big throws downfield.  Has a good ability to scan the field and make quick reads.  Shows to have a solid ability to set feet quickly on throws outside the pocket.  Has good accuracy and mechanics when throwing on the run.  Displays solid accuracy on throws outside the numbers and along the sidelines.

Has an adequate ability to handle poor snaps or handoffs and occasionally loses the ball.  Shows an occasional breakdown of footwork on screen passes, which result in poorly placed throws.


2020 NFL Draft Projection

First Round

Justin Herbert has a high ceiling as a quarterback prospect, although it’s not quite as high as other prospects in this class.  His athleticism is very good, which several teams could look for if they desire a dual-threat quarterback.  I have Justin Herbert in the top ten of my draft board, so it’s very likely that we see him come off the board in the first half of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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