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After months of going back and forth, Tua and Herbert, the Dolphins made their choice and forced the Chargers’ hand. They then selected the former Oregon Duck, Justin Herbert, as a plug-and-play replacement for departed signal-caller Phillip Rivers.

Herbert inherits a great offensive line and a stalwart run game. Keenan Allen at wide receiver is a nice weapon for the new quarterback. A great defense, led by Derwin James, helps the quarterback learn the league while not having to put up a mountain of points.

Duck to Charger

Here’s what Herbert brings to the table:

  • NFL-ready body (6-6, 236)
  • Agile for size
  • Big arm
  • Simple, quick delivery with care for ball while reading
  • Not a statue, but isn’t quick to take off – think Ben Roethlisberger
  • Exploits defensive tendencies
  • Good deep accuracy
  • Sells playfake well

No quarterback is perfect. Here’s some possible problems for Herbert:

  • Quick pressure can be problem – his size works against him.
  • Mid- and short throws can be flat, giving linebackers a chance to deflect and intercept balls.

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What the Experts Say

Big, talented full-field scanner able to find the right read and sling it around the yard from the pocket or on the move. Herbert rushed throws in 2018, but he showed marked improvement in that area, excluding the Auburn opener. He trusts his protection while working through coverages and route development and has big-boy arm talent and drive velocity to stress and impress defenses. He’s confident attacking downfield, but touch throws evade him and may have created tentativeness with certain short and intermediate throws. Ball placement requires additional emphasis, but upgrading to NFL skill talent could help him bloom. Herbert has a high ceiling and is the most physically gifted quarterback in the draft, but he doesn’t have as many “wow” plays as expected for someone with his traits, experience and potential. -Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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