Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio contributor Mark Schofield showcases some of Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert’s advanced understanding of reading coverage that makes him a top prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft.
If you ask almost any NFL scout or quarterback evaluator right now, Oregon’s Justin Herbert is the clear quarterback one in the 2019 class. Of course, that comes with a pretty big asterisk. Herbert still has eligibility and his younger brother is going to be a tight end in the Oregon offense next year. Throwing dimes to your brother on the big stage — as you used to in the backyard — is a pretty big motivator to stick around Eugene.
Of course, so is becoming the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Whether Herbert declares or not remains to be seen. But from what we have seen on tape, there is a reason people remain high on him. On these plays against the University of California, we will see a quarterback with a deeper understanding of leverage, coverage, and scheme than many other collegiate passers:
Herbert’s decision remains in front of us, but whatever he does, the future certainly seems bright.
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