The Chargers have wrapped up their 2020 NFL Draft class, per a club announcement. Quarterback Justin Herbert was the first reported signing, and the rest of the crop followed soon after. The full rundown, per our tracker:
1-6: Justin Herbert, QB (Oregon): Signed
1-23: Kenneth Murray, LB (Oklahoma): Signed
4-112: Joshua Kelley, RB (UCLA): Signed
5-151: Joe Reed, WR (Virginia): Signed
6-186: Alohi Gilman, S (Notre Dame): Signed
7-220: K.J. Hill, WR (Ohio State): Signed
Herbert was a polarizing prospect. Those that are high on the Oregon product believe that his elite arm strength will allow him to succeed as a starter. Others are concerned about his pension for holding on to the ball for too long. The debate between Herbert and Tua Tagovailoa was fierce, but, ultimately, the Dolphins made the decision for the Chargers by selecting the Alabama star No. 5 overall. At No. 6, GM Tom Telesco said that he would have been perfectly happy with either passer.
Herbert will have the unenviable task of eventually stepping into Philip Rivers’ shoes. For now, the 6’6″ rookie will likely begin the year as the QB2 behind Tyrod Taylor.
17 comments on “Chargers Sign Justin Herbert, Wrap Draft Class”
I’ll admit that I didn’t see many of Justin’s games. But that Rose Bowl game against Wisconsin was miserable. A couple of nice runs, but his passes were terrible.
I think he will be really good. I love his passion for the game. By all accounts he is a great team player and very coachable. Combine the above with his athleticism and I think he will be very good.
It all depends on his willingness to develop into an NFL-caliber pocket passer. He struggled whenever the pocket began to collapse in college and will need to learn to withstand pressure. He could also stand to improve his accuracy. He has the intangibles, but would be best served sitting out his rookie season and fine-tuning his skills
Sounds like the scouting report of Blake Bortles and Mitch T. Big, strong armed QB that came out of nowhere….
He didn’t really come out of nowhere though. Unlike Trubisky, Herbert has an extensive track record of success. I would say his floor his Bortles but his ceiling is closer to someone like Wentz
That’s not exactly a compliment. Wentz had 1 great year, and Bortles, at 26-27, is a career backup.
Bortles is the absolute worst outcome. He’s works much harder and is renowned as a lockerroom leader among former coaches. I don’t really like to denounce draftees before they have a chance to see the field, as it’s about as easy to anticipate as predicting the weather in Buffalo
Weather in Buffalo is easy. Nice and sunny during the summer. Cold and snowy from Nov-March, maybe April. And I’ve never been there.
As for Bortles, yes, he’s a good dude put in a bad situations. I live in Jax. But he had 1 good bowl game only and his measurements to back him. I never heard of him until he won his bowl game. Granted, I’m not a scout, but I watch enough football to know he was a nobody.
As someone who lives in Buffalo, it’s not that easy. Anyway, Herbert was considered one of the best prospects in 2018 before returning for his senior season. He’s not a nobody and I refuse to declare him a bust before he steps on the field
I hope you’re right. Chargers need some good publicity.
I blame Spanos
I agree. Bad ownership kills all players. There’s a reason Ramsey and J Adams demanded to be traded.
I knew they’d sign him
I’d let him sit this year. No matter what happens with Tyrod Herbert isn’t getting a full off season with of work.
Sit him and if Tyrod does well, cool. If not, you get early picks to build the oline for Herbert. You need an answer at LT long term and may need to replace Turner on the oline.
Penei Sewell or Alex Leatherwood
Why would they need to replace Turner?
He is a prime candidate for holding out. Why the Panthers traded him. He’s looking for a new contract, which expires after 2021- 2 years.
Doubt the Chargers sign him to a lucrative deal. They’ll need a long term answer to replace him if he holds out and/or departs via free agency.
After watching the human statue,Rivers,the last few years,it will be refreshing to see someone be able to extend plays and make something out of nothing whether that be Taylor or Herbert this year. I am really excited to see what Herbert can do. Fouts,who has seen him play a ton, is high on him.