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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Articles tagged: Justin Herbert

Chargers not planning to rush Justin Herbert into starting QB job

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said after the NFL Draft that Tyrod Taylor remains the team’s starting quarterback heading into training camp, and that was apparently more than just lip service.

The Chargers used the No. 6 overall pick on Justin Herbert, so it goes without saying that they believe the former Oregon star can become a franchise quarterback for them. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter said this week that Herbert “needs time to grow” and the Chargers are in no rush to put him under center.

Lynn heaped praise on Taylor after the draft, though he did leave the door open for Herbert to win the starting job. Herbert has tremendous physical skills but is viewed by some as a raw prospect, so the last thing Lynn wants to do is shatter the rookie’s confidence.

We know at least one Chargers player who is excited about the potential of the team’s offense whether Taylor or Herbert is the Week 1 starter. If Taylor does enter the season as the starter, he’ll have to play well. There will be plenty of outside pressure (and possibly some inside as well) on Lynn to give Herbert a shot if Taylor struggles.

Report: Dolphins unlikely to draft Justin Herbert at No. 5

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There has been some buzz recently about the possibility of Justin Herbert being drafted by the Miami Dolphins, but that may not happen.

Pro Football Network draft expert Tony Pauline published a good notes column about the draft on Monday that you should read. Among his notes, Pauline said the Dolphins are not planning to take Herbert with the No. 5 overall pick.

This report runs contrary to a prediction from ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., who recently said the Dolphins would take Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa. Pauline says if Miami does not go with a quarterback, they have interest in offensive lineman Andrew Thomas.

We have said all along that we believe Miami has long coveted Tagovailoa and will take him, even though all the talk has been about the former Oregon quarterback rising up draft boards. We will find out on Thursday what Miami is really planning in the draft. They haven’t had a true franchise quarterback since Dan Marino though, so it would be surprising if they did not try to resolve that matter.

Report: Giants have done a lot of research on Justin Herbert

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The New York Giants spent the sixth overall pick in last year’s draft on Daniel Jones, and general manager Dave Gettleman clearly believes the former Duke star can become a franchise quarterback. However, that hasn’t stopped the team from gathering extensive information on one of the top players at the position heading into this year’s draft.

The Giants have dedicated a significant amount of time to researching former Oregon star quarterback Justin Herbert, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Media report. The gathering of intel has included new head coach Joe Judge having FaceTime conversations with Herbert.

It seems extremely unlikely that the Giants would use another top pick on a quarterback, especially after Jones showed some promising flashes last season. New York has the No. 4 overall pick, and you have to wonder if they leaked that information in an attempt to make QB-needy teams think they may have to trade up if they want to assure themselves an opportunity to draft Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa.

Gettleman is not big on draft day trades, but Peter King of NBC Sports reported on Monday that teams picking in the top 10 believe the GM is open to trading back this year. If you combine that report with what Rapoport and Garafolo said, it’s not hard to imagine the Giants are trying to increase the value of the No. 4 pick.

There has been a wide range of opinions regarding where Herbert will be drafted, but it would be a surprise if he slips past the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6. Most teams view him as either the second- or third-best quarterback in the draft behind Joe Burrow.

Ranking the best quarterback prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft

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2019 was a big year for quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, and 2020 is similar.

Four quarterbacks may go in the first round of the draft, with a handful of others waiting behind them to potentially go on the second day. Young franchise quarterbacks are the dream for teams who don’t already have one, and this year is not expected to be any different.

Here are rankings of the seven best quarterbacks in the class of 2020.

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Report: Justin Herbert, Tua Tagovailoa had better Wonderlic scores than indicated

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For those who care about Wonderlic scores, it sounds like there were some errors in the initial reporting of this year’s scores among the quarterback class.

It was reported on Friday that Tua Tagovailoa’s score was among the lowest, and Justin Herbert scored a slightly above-average 25. Those two scores were among those that were actually higher than reported, according to Albert Breer of the MMQB.

These scores are a lot better for Herbert, who immediately vaults toward the top of the QB class in terms of Wonderlic score. Tagovailoa’s reported score of 19 is closer to the average than the 13 that was initially reported. It’s not great, but it’s better than it was.

At the end of the day, it’s worth remembering that Wonderlic scores don’t tell us much. Plenty of mediocre quarterbacks have scored highly, while reigning MVP Lamar Jackson scored a 13. It’s just one data point among many when it comes to evaluating a prospect.

5 potential trade-up targets in the NFL Draft

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The 2020 NFL Draft is nearly upon us, and rumors about potential trades are beginning to heat up.

While very few things about the draft are predictable, it’s easy to guarantee a slew of trades will take place in Round 1 and beyond — many of those coming over the first 10 or so picks. Even in a virtual setting, that’s not likely to change.

With that in mind, here’s a look at five of the top potential trade-up targets.

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Many NFL execs expect Justin Herbert to be drafted ahead of Tua Tagovailoa

Justin Herbert

It is a foregone conclusion that Joe Burrow is going to be the first overall pick in next week’s NFL Draft, but the quarterback situation is a bit uncertain after that. While there will likely be three quarterbacks taken in the top six picks, the order in which they will be selected has been a topic of great debate in recent weeks.

More specifically, there is not much consensus on whether Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa is a more promising NFL prospect. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network polled a dozen general managers and executives from different teams, and seven of them predicted Herbert will be drafted ahead of Tagovailoa.

“It was not a very complex passing offense (at Oregon), but the kid is more than cerebral enough to pick that up, and he’s got a big-time arm,” one AFC executive said of Herbert. “The concern is, at the top of his drop, deciphering coverage — he just doesn’t have a lot of experience doing that, so he’s going to take some time. I just think he’s got a really high ceiling.”

Obviously, most of the talk surrounding Tagovailoa has been about his ability to stay healthy. The former Alabama star would have contended with Burrow to be the top overall pick if he didn’t suffer so many injuries in college, the most recent of which was a hip injury that required surgery. The clips from his private pro day seemed to indicate that Tagovailoa is fully recovered, but many feel it is a matter of when — not if — he suffers another significant injury.

Analysts have been all over the map with their predictions about Herbert and Tagovailoa. The reality is it’s almost impossible to separate the truth from a smoke screen this close to the draft, and we won’t know until we hear one of their names called.