Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is expected to be one of the first passers off the board in April’s NFL Draft and has already had meetings with the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers over Facetime according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
With no pre-draft visits due to Coronavirus, teams have turned to FaceTime meetings with prospects instead. For instance, #Oregon QB Justin Herbert has a video call with the #Raiders today, and he’s spoken with the #Chargers, too. Everyone is adjusting to new realities.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 30, 2020
The Raiders and Chargers both have quarterback questions and either team taking Herbert in the first round wouldn’t come as a surprise. The Chargers currently own the sixth-overall pick and the Raiders pick at 12th overall.
The Chargers have Tyrod Taylor on the roster, who is ready to be the starting quarterback in 2020, but the team could easily shift him to a backup, a role he is used to. According to Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register, Taylor commented:
“I think it’s too early to start talking about it … I’ve never been one to focus on things that I can’t control. … It starts with guys who (the Chargers) may sign whether it would be a veteran or whether it would be a rookie. I can’t focus on that because I can’t control it.”
The Raiders, meanwhile, have Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota on their roster but there is no guarantee that either guy is the long-term option. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is known for his work with quarterbacks, so if he decides Herbert is the guy he wants, the team will do everything in their power to get him.
If the Raiders want to get him, there is a good chance they are probably going to need to trade up. Alternatively, the Chargers could stand pat and land Herbert.