Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will be a true contender to be the top pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. After a disappointing performance in his season opener, Herbert got his season back on track this week.
When the 2020 NFL Draft rolls around, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert will likely be a contender for the first overall pick. Herbert is an impressive quarterback prospect who will likely battle with Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to be the top signal-caller in the nation all season long.
Expectations were sky-high for Herbert entering the season, but his performance in the Ducks’ season-opening loss to Auburn left plenty to be desired. Herbert looked shaky against a tough Auburn defense in that game.
His numbers weren’t bad (28-of-37 for 242 yards and a touchdown), but Herbert did not look like the top-tier NFL Draft prospect that we expected. Herbert simply did not let it loose against, Auburn, simply opting for the check-down option far too often. He has a big arm and we want to see it.
Herbert and Oregon faced off against Nevada on Saturday. Obviously, the level of competition compared to last week is much different, but Herbert was able to get right back on track in this one. Oregon rolled to a 77-6 victory over Nevada with Herbert proving himself as a premier 2020 NFL Draft prospect.
In this game, Herbert completed 19-of-26 passes for 310 yards and five touchdowns. He put up those impressive numbers despite coming out of the blowout game in the third quarter.
Herbert looked much more in control of the offense in this game, consistently finding open receivers and getting them the ball with fantastic placement on his passes. He also showed off his impressive arm strength, consistently pushing the ball down the field to his playmakers.
There was never any reason to be concerned about Herbert. He is an incredibly talented quarterback prospect who is going to be one of the premier prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. That being said, it was nice to see him take care of business against Nevada.