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Justin Herbert Shows Off Arm Strength at Oregon Pro Day Ahead of 2020 NFL Draft

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Justin Herbert of Oregon throws a pass during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Justin Herbert wrapped up his pro day Thursday in Eugene, Oregon.

There were fears earlier in the day that Oregon would cancel the event as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. A number of leagues across the country have suspended play in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Some NFL teams have also suspended travel for their coaches and scouts in the buildup to the 2020 draft.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal told reporters the school was monitoring the situation to ensure nobody's health was at risk:

The Providence Journal's Mark Daniels noted a New England Patriots scout appeared to be in attendance. Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney was also on hand, per the Charlotte Observer's Alaina Getzenberg.

Both the Patriots and Panthers could be looking to draft a quarterback, so Herbert would be a natural fit on either team.

The ongoing response to the coronavirus still cast a shadow over Thursday's event, especially with Michigan canceling its pro day and Penn State postponing all football-related activities. Herbert commented on the situation:

In front of what was likely a slightly smaller audience than expected, the Oregon native threw to Ducks wide receiver Juwan Johnson and former Oregon wideout Charles Nelson.

Standing stationary on the goal line, he showed off his arm strength by throwing the ball 62 yards.

Nothing Herbert did Thursday will probably vault him to the top of draft boards, but he might have solidified his position as the third-best quarterback available.

In his most recent mock draft, Bleacher Report's Matt Miller projected Herbert to go sixth overall to the Los Angeles Chargers, behind Joe Burrow (No. 1) and Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5).

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Justin Herbert was drafted by the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 6 pick. Before the draft, Geoff Schwartz broke down Herbert’s film to gauge his future in the NFL.


One of the most polarizing players in the 2020 NFL Draft is Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. You will find some analysts, like Gil Brandt, who grade him as one of the better players in the draft, and others who grade him in the low 20s. Some would draft him in the top five, and others would prefer waiting until the second round. None of these opinions are correct and none are wrong. Herbert can be any of these and I’ll explain why.

Disclaimer for those who don’t know: I went to Oregon. I’m a huge Oregon fan. I hope every player from Oregon is awesome in the NFL. I’ve watched every snap of the past three seasons with Herbert under center, and I’ve watched each game film at least once from last season. I’m qualified to discuss Herbert and what he can be in the NFL.

It’s easy to start with his intangibles. Herbert is built like he was made in a factory. He’s 6’6, 236 pounds, and runs a 4.68-second 40-yard dash. He’s got a cannon of an arm and he’s been durable in college. Herbert is a 4.0 student and won the William V. Campbell Trophy, otherwise known as the academic Heisman.

Even though he’s not a yeller or screamer, people around the program who coached or played with him rave about his leadership abilities and toughness. I tried my best to get someone to give me any nugget of negativity about his personality and I couldn’t.

Before we look at his on-field performance, it’s important to point out something that’s hard to ignore when watching his film. Oregon’s offense was not built around Herbert’s strengths. It was designed around a stellar offensive line, short throws, and the occasional play-action pass. Herbert was not allowed to use his legs until the final two games of the season. It felt as though he was asked to just not screw it up until he needed to bail out the team.

Unlike Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow, Herbert had almost no pro talent around him in college. That does not excuse his poor throws at times, but his wide receivers weren’t often open or, maybe more importantly, open when the scheme called for it. They also dropped 100 passes the last two seasons.

As any scouting report will tell you, Herbert is plenty accurate enough. He is also a player who will show flashes of brilliance, but then let it all go by missing an opportunity to let it fly.

Let’s take closer look at Herbert’s film to get a better idea of what kind of quarterback prospect he is.

5 of Herbert’s best attributes on the field

I’ve picked out a few highlights to show you what Herbert does well and where his strengths lie.

1. Arm strength

This throw is awesome. It’s exactly why NFL coaches love Herbert. He rifles this throw into a tight window — and it’s dropped. Because of course.

2. Throwing on the run

When Herbert doesn’t have time to think, mostly when he’s on the run and/or escaping pressure, the ball can scream out of his hand.

3. Throwing under pressure

People vary on this idea of Herbert under pressure, but I’ve seen a good amount of positive throws in these situations. Here he’s got a limited amount of time to throw with someone around his legs. Not only does Herbert make an accurate throw, but it’s a difficult one across the field from the far hashmark. It’s impressive.

4. Designed shot plays

This rarely happens in the Ducks’ offense, but when they do scheme up specific shot plays where Herbert needs to move a safety, he can do it. And he nails it.

5. Athleticism

It appeared Herbert was not allowed to run until the second to last game of the season, against Utah in the Pac-12 Championship. He looked like a different player against Utah and then against Wisconsin in the bowl game. He willed Oregon to win against Wisconsin, scoring three touchdowns with his legs, including the 30-yard game winner below:

4 of Herbert’s biggest flaws (and one that needs to be debunked)

Now come the issues, and there are plenty.

1. Anticipation/Instincts

This is the biggest concern by far. There are numerous examples where Herbert doesn’t pull the trigger when he should or his instincts kick in too late.

This one sticks out to me because it’s against Auburn in Week 1, a game Oregon should have won. There is a clear window here where Herbert needs to let it loose. He’s got the arm strength to let it fly.

There are more of these, and they can be glaring when it’s clear he sees a WR open but doesn’t pull the trigger right away.

2. Flat-out misses

Herbert just misses on a ton of throws. Here’s a good example from the Washington State game. The WR just sits in the zone and Herbert overshoots him. There’s nothing more to say. It’s not a good throw. Herbert needs to have more touch on some of these throws. Again, you can find many of these in the film.

3. Locks on to one read and doesn’t come off

There are times when Herbert locks on to a route before the snap, and he’s throwing there, even if someone else is open. Is this coaching? Is it Herbert? This is what scouts will need to find out.

4. Footwork issues

I don’t have film for this, so I will rely on Greg Cosell’s scouting report. He’s the best in the business and does a fantastic job of talking about all Herbert’s issues.

Even without film, it’s clear to see Herbert’s long frame sometimes leads to poor footwork in the pocket.

I see people say Herbert doesn’t step up in big games. While there’s some evidence to show that earlier in his career, he came up huge against Utah in the Pac-12 title game and against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl when Herbert was finally allowed to use his complete skillset. He was not allowed to run the football until those weeks.

It would be hard for a quarterback to be told to play his game when he’s not allowed to play his full game.

What’s the verdict on Herbert?

So here’s my deal with Herbert. It would be unwise if I just shouted about how he’s going to be a success in the NFL because he’s an Oregon Duck. I can’t overlook his flaws, and you can argue some of them outweigh the positive. The goal of any player is consistency. At the quarterback position, you need to elevate the talent around you.

But what if you’re not allowed to do that? That leaves questions about whether some of the weaknesses in his game are associated to that.

Are Herbert’s anticipation issues related to him not being confident in his abilities because the offense didn’t ask him to be confident in his play? Is he hesitant to throw the ball because his wide receivers take too long to get open?

Or is this just who Herbert is — an imperfect quarterback who will not improve in the NFL?

That idea is the biggest problem I have with how people discuss him. Herbert was a three-star high school recruit with only one offer from a Power 5 school, Oregon. He’s played for three coaches and three offenses. He has already improved as a quarterback, including leadership and command of the offense every year he’s been at Oregon.

When he was finally allowed to be himself, late in the season, it was clear he was a better player and played with more confidence.

Just like most quarterbacks, the coaching staff who drafts Herbert will shape him. Herbert needs a staff who will tell him “You’re the guy. Be the guy.” We saw in the Senior Bowl, which is admittedly a tiny sample size, that when he was asked to be more “the guy” and played with better players, he did look improved.

Maybe it’s my green-and-yellow glasses, or speaking with Oregon’s coaching staff, or seeing all the positives on film, or that I think he’s not even close to a finished product.

I choose to believe Herbert can overcome his flaws with better players and scheme around him. I believe Herbert has the potential to be a star in the NFL. I’ll be rooting for him.

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EUGENE — Justin Herbert rang in 2020 with a Rose Bowl running performance for the ages and showcased his skills throughout the country in the 71 days in between then and Oregon’s pro day.

From January’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, where he was named game MVP, to February’s NFL combine in Indianapolis, to Thursday afternoon at the Moshofsky Center Herbert showed off his arm strength, arguably his greatest physical ability.

So perhaps it was fitting that what might have been the last throw of a football in an organized setting at the college or professional level anywhere in the United States for at least the next several weeks was the former Oregon Ducks quarterback launching a 62-yard bomb flatfooted.

“It’s definitely a tough situation,” Herbert said of the unusual juxtaposition of his latest predraft exercise coming on a day when most of the American sports world either canceled or suspended competition indefinitely in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). “But to be able to be here and be able to compete is a great honor. Got to be out here with Jake Breeland, Charles Nelson, all those guys and a bunch of guys that I played with. A cool experience and hopefully everyone comes out of it safely.”

Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney was the lone NFL GM in attendance Thursday and Miami Dolphins quarterback consultant David Lee was also a notable onlooker. The Dolphins, whose GM Chris Grier attended Oregon’s game at Stanford last season, hold the No. 5 pick in April’s NFL draft, while the Panthers have the No. 7 pick.

All 32 teams registered to attended Oregon’s pro day, but 20 had personnel in attendance as several clubs announced they were pulling scouts or all personnel from the road.

But those present got to feast their eyes on Herbert, widely projected to be the the third or fourth quarterback taken this year. He threw to Juwan Johnson, Ryan Bay, who came to pro day just to catch for his former roommate and close friend, and Nelson.

“He’s the one that’s facing all the cameras and stuff,” Johnson said. “I’m here to do my job, too. Obviously he got eyes (on him) and they’re going to see who’s he throwing to. I’m here to make him look good; he’s here to make me look good. It goes hand-in-hand and we had a good day today.”

Like Herbert, Johnson was among the contingent of seven former Oregon players to attend last month’s combine. He said the duo had been preparing together for nearly a week since Herbert returned to his hometown.

“It’s scary to say: it looks like he got even better and that’s the crazy thing," Johnson said. “To know what he did in his offseason training is something special, that he can even get better than what he was. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do, his potential (in the) NFL because his future is bright.”

Johnson, who first arrived at UO on April 2 last year after transferring from Penn State, said Herbert’s arm strength improved after spending the last two-plus months training at Proactive Sports Performance and with 3DQB.

“It seems like he’s more comfortable throwing the ball,” Johnson said. “It looks flawless. It doesn’t have any niche or any hiccup in his throwing motion. It looks crazy to be honest. I didn’t know how much better he could get, but he looks even more impressive than what he did when I first seen him.”

Herbert hasn’t worked with a private quarterback coach prior to the draft process, and throwing mechanics and footwork were the main areas he addressed.

He took several drops from under center Thursday as part of his throwing circuit.

“It’s something I’ve been working on and something I’ve been focusing on,” Herbert said. “I felt like it was much improved over these past couple of months.”

The NFL teams in need of a franchise quarterback will have plenty to consider from Herbert leading up the draft: His four years of play at Oregon illustrated his throwing ability, accuracy and on rare occasion his running capabilities.

General mangers and coaches have to weigh all that in determining what Herbert can offer them over the next four or five years — at least.

On a day when much of the sports landscape in the country came to halt, it ended with a look to the future. Whatever that might hold.

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Justin Herbert's Oregon pro day

Oregon pro day: Top NFL Draft prospect Justin Herbert posts solid workout, shares laugh with Dolphins coach

Justin Herbert's was approached by an Dolphins quarterback coach David Lee with a question near the start of Oregon's pro day. Miami, holders of the fifth overall pick in the 2020 draft, are expected to select a quarterback.

"He asked me what yard line I think he should stand on," Herbert told NFL Network at the conclusion of his pro day. "He said he was going to stand on the 50. I kinda chuckled because I thought I was gonna throw farther than that. We both kinda had a good laugh at that."

Herbert did indeed surpass midfield, launching the ball 62 yards while displaying his celebrated arm strength.

Herbert, currently tabbed as the third or fourth best quarterback prospect in the draft, showcased more that just his arm strength in front of a slew of NFL teams that included the Dolphins. Working with former Dolphins QB coach John Beck, Herbert showed marked improvement in his footwork since last month's work out at the combine. Herbert also took a considerable amount of snaps from under center, something he wasn't asked to do at Oregon.

"I just wanted to be myself," Herbert said of his pro day. "I wanted to go out there and have fun, compete, and get better. There's so much that I can do to get better. I just wanted to give teams an actual representation of myself, go out there, and have fun."

Herbert also showcased his ability to make plays outside the pocket on play-action, roll out passes, something that was part of his college repertoire.

"We emphasize that a lot," Herbert said, "and I've always felt really comfortable with it and the guys that we've had running the routes."

Along with showing teams his tangible upsides, Herbert also addressed the outside questions regarding his personality and leadership skills. Herbert said that he has fielded questions from NFL teams about his personality and demeanor leading up to next month's draft.

"That's always a question that comes up," he said. "I don't know if it's very accurate. I think, you ask a lot of the guys around here, around the facility, they'll tell you otherwise. I feel comfortable saying that I'm not as introverted as everyone thinks I am. I love to talk. Unfortunately, I talk a little too much sometimes."

Fortunately for Herbert, his play on the field did most of the talking for him during his years at Oregon. During his four years in Eugene, the 6-foot-6, 237-pound signal caller completed 64 percent of his passes for 10,541 yards with 95 touchdowns and just 23 interceptions. A three-sport athlete in high school (he played baseball and basketball along with football), Herbert said Thursday that he looks up to Marcus Mariota, a fellow former Ducks quarterback who will likely be playing somewhere other than Tennessee next season.

While he said that he hasn't spent too much time comparing himself to the rest of this year's quarterback class, Herbert feels good about the attributes he will bring to whatever team drafts him to be their quarterback.

"I do feel comfortable saying that I've got a good arm," he said. "I pride myself on preparation. I do my best to always go into a game knowing exactly what they're doing, what we're going to do. I've always really enjoyed playing quarterback, competing and leading."

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Notes from Oregon's Pro Day highlighted by Justin Herbert

ByKevin Wade

For three hours on Thursday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon, sports felt normal. Seventeen members of Oregon Football's 2019 roster were in custom Nike outfits, ready to workout in front of the many NFL Scouts that had gathered in what would become the final Pro Day for some time. 

The Associated Press reported that a majority of NFL teams had pulled their staff off the road, effectively causing schools to cancel the events. Washington was the first NFL team to pull personnel off the road in a statement on Thursday morning. 

“Due to health and travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have informed all of our scouts and coaches that they must return to their home bases and travel will be suspended until further notice. The health and safety of our staff and players is our number one priority and we feel that these are the necessary precautions given the current circumstances,” said Washington owner Daniel Snyder.

Most NFL scouts and personnel had already flown into Eugene and with the event staying under the 250 person threshold that the Oregon state government had set for events on Wednesday. 

Despite the fears amid COVID-19 and ever-changing information outside of the building, the Oregon seniors put on a display of their talents, working to move to the next level and chasing their NFL dreams. 

In addition to the seven players that Oregon sent to the NFL Combine, ten more Ducks worked out at the Pro Day. Most of the non-combine participants tested in the vertical, 40-yard dash, broad jump and 3-cone drill at Oregon's event. 

While all NFL teams were represented, only one team sent their general manager. Holding the No. 7 pick in the NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers sent general manager Marty Hurney to Oregon's Pro Day. 

The Panthers haven't been one of the teams speculated to take Herbert in the draft much with other teams in the top ten of the draft like the Miami Dolphins or the Los Angeles Chargers (who both had staff on hand) getting more of the talk. The Panthers are going to have to make a quarterback decision soon with Cam Newton and drafting Herbert might fit into Matt Rhule's offense, especially after Herbert flashed his ability to run during the Rose Bowl in January. 

Herbert looked at home throwing to receivers Juwan Johnson, former Duck Charles Nelson, and tight end Ryan Bay. Throughout the 30 minute workout, Herbert made various types of throws, showing off his natural ability and arm strength. The building was silent for much of the workout, allowing those in attendance to hear the pop sounds off the gloves of the receivers.  

While not all of Herbert's passes were perfect, the quarterback nailed about 90% of his throws. Some of the tougher throws for Herbert came on rollouts but the quarterback was still able to use his arm strength to get the ball on the target. 

An unusual drill for a quarterback combine but one that showcased just how powerful Herbert's arm strength is, the quarterback lined up on the goal line to throw flat-footed passes. In his three attempts, Herbert threw the ball 60-yards twice then hit 62-yards on his final attempt, which drew cheers from Herbert's Oregon teammates in attendance. 

The only true receiver working out for scouts at Oregon's Pro Day was Juwan Johnson. The graduate transfer wide receiver used Herbert's visibility to his own advantage, being one of the three receivers out there on Thursday. 

Johnson's familiarity with Herbert was a major advantage for the wideout with the two being able to complete some tough passes, including a number of tight sideline passes that Johnson was able to haul in with ease. 

The big-bodied wideout didn't test at the Pro Day after putting up solid numbers at the Combine last month. The former Oregon and Penn State wide receiver put up 14 reps at the NFL Combine bench press, hitting a mark intended to hit, while also raising money for charity. Before the combine, Johnson announced that he'll be using the NFL Combine Bench press to help pledge donations to Uplifting Athletes, a charity that assists the rare diseases community.

Johnson measured in as one of the biggest wideouts at the event. Although not the tallest, Johnson led all other wide receivers with the longest arms, longest wingspan and largest hands based on the measurements.

Offensive linemen Brady Aiello and Dallas Warmack both used the Pro Day to workout in front of scouts with Jake Hanson, Calvin Throckmorton, and Shane Lemieux also participating in drills two weeks after the combine. 

Both Dallas Warmack and Shane Lemieux took reps at center in warmups and drills in front of the scouts. While an official weight wasn't given, Warmack looked considerably slimmer from his playing weight at Oregon. Seeing Warmack play at center was an interesting but not surprising development of the event.  Standing in a 6-foot-2, the move makes sense with Warmack likely going to have to be to play any of the three interior lineman positions at the next level. 

 

In addition to Warmack and Aiello, the Ducks had a number of senior defenders working out. Defensive linemen Gary Baker and Sione Kava were joined by edge rusher Bryson Young, linebacker La'mar Winston and cornerback Haki Woods in testing and running through drills.  

The Ducks leading pass catcher for the first six games, Jacob Breeland missed the second half of the season with a knee injury suffered against Colorado. Breeland didn't work out at the NFL combine and is still recovering from the knee injury suffered in October. 

While Breeland was around his teammates and helped toss the snaps to Herbert on Thursday, the tight end didn't work out, which was expected. It'll be interesting to see when Breeland is able to return to workouts and if he'll be able to showcase anything for scouts before April's Draft. 

Breeland's first six games of the season made him a massive riser as a potential 2020 NFL Draft pick. Multiple outlets started to include Breeland in their mock drafts including CBS Sports which had Breeland as a first-round pick before the injury, though the prospect hasn't appeared in many mock drafts since his injury.

Last month, four-year starting linebacker Troy Dye revealed that he played his final four Oregon games on a torn meniscus that required surgery to repair. 

Dye played with the injury during the Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Championship, battling not only a thumb injury sustained in October but also the knee injury that came to light a few weeks ago. The Oregonian broke the news, reporting that Dye had knee surgery last month, part of the reason the linebacker didn't participate in the Senior Bowl or drills at the NFL Combine. In the same report about the knee surgery, it noted that Dye told the media at the combine that he is expecting to participate in drills at Oregon's Pro Day.

Dye however did not work out at the event, spending time talking with various people in attendance during the drills of his teammates. 

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