The Los Angeles Chargers have selected quarterback Justin Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Herbert becomes the highest selected quarterback out of the University of Oregon since Marcus Mariota, who went second overall in the 2015 NFL Draft.
By joining the Chargers with an early draft selection, Justin Herbert has an opportunity to see the field at some point in 2020.
At points during the 2019 college football regular season, some prognosticators believed that the Oregon signal caller could be in play for the first overall selection; alas, he will settle for being the second quarterback off the board this year.
Justin Herbert joins the NFL on the heels of having won Senior Bowl MVP and Rose Bowl Offensive MVP honors. He posted gaudy numbers last season for the Ducks, completing 66.8 percent of his passes en route to accumulating 3,471 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. On his way to a 12-2 record, he threw just five interceptions, which should give the Chargers optimism about their new franchise quarterback's ability to take care of the ball.
Although Herbert was the starting QB for the Ducks each of the last three seasons, his journey to the NFL was a circuitous one: Coming out of high school, only Oregon and Nevada had offered him FBS scholarships due to injuries sustained during high school. At 6-foot-6 and 236 pounds, Herbert has now developed into a preeminent pocket passer that Chargers fans hope to see slinging touchdowns for a long time to come.
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