Oregon Ducks: Can Justin Herbert be a franchise quarterback?

The Oregon Ducks are a team when it is all said and done who could be in a position where they made quite a bit of noise this season. The reason that would happen is among other NFL caliber prospects, star quarterback Justin Herbert.

The coaches preseason poll ranks Washington over Oregon, which I disagree with. The Oregon Ducks could well be the most underrated team I’ve watched on film this summer. Besides possessing one of the best quarterback prospects in the land, they’re a team that could impact the national rankings late in the year and surprise in the NFL Draft.

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Justin Herbert

All the next level talk in Eugene, Oregon, will be centered on quarterback Justin Herbert, and understandably so.

Herbert is a tremendous combination of size, athleticism, and arm strength. He displays himself as a patient pocket passer who can make all the throws while possessing the foot speed and athleticism to get outside the pocket, make throws on the move and pick up yardage with his legs.

For the most part, Herbert makes proper choices and does not throw errant passes. 

Herbert’s accuracy gets away from him at times, and he’s never shown the ability to come through in the big spot at Oregon, which are areas of concern.

He also has a few personality quirks that I’ve spoken about multiple times in multiple podcasts. The reports of Herbert being “weird” are just wrong; he’s a guy who is a bit quiet in social settings, as many people are.

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Shane Lemieux

I like Shane Lemieux, though not as much as scouts. He’s a tough, nasty blocker, but he’s best in a small area and has limitations in space.

The Sleepers

Four sleepers to keep an eye on include La’Mar Winston Jr., Jordon Scott, Juwan Johnson and Jake Breeland.

Oregon Ducks Prospects – 2020 NFL Draft

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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