Herbert has everything you’d hope for from your franchise quarterback, he’s 6’6”, 237lbs. and has all the college stats you’d like to see: 827/1293 (64%) 10,541 yards, 95 touchdowns to just 23 interceptions in his four years at Oregon.
Athletic Ability: 7.1/10
He’s got just enough wiggle to his game to be better than just a pocket passer, though no one will confuse him with Josh Allen or Lamar Jackson. There were some times where the offense game planned to have him leave the pocket, and when doing so, he was definitely able to get some good yardage. Most teams, however, expect him to stay in the pocket and let his other abilities take center stage.
7.1 is a solid score. The knocks here are the fact that he’s dealt with a collarbone injury as well as the added bonus of having stability along the offensive line for most of his time at Oregon. He commands the huddle and can lead the offense, so we would say he is plenty tough enough for the NFL game.
Pocket Presence: 7.2/10
He climbs the pocket well, does a good job of sensing the pressure, and does well at evading it. From inside the pocket, Herbert does everything you’d expect an early first round prospect to do, and if things break down he can escape the pocket and get yards with his legs.
Arm Strength: 8.8/10
He has probably one of the strongest, if not the strongest arms in the class. There is a lot to like about the product Herbert puts on the field. He can make all the throws and hit the receivers deep in stride to make those big plays successful.
The knock you’ll see as you watch the tape is throwing on the run and off-balance throws. Too often we saw balls sail or hit the dirt when he doesn’t get to properly set up and deliver. We saw plenty of times where he hits the players just fine, but the concern is the consistent accuracy on the move.
This young man will be a first round pick, and probably be a teams franchise QB as he posses everything you want from the position, while still turning just 22 years old come March. For your fantasy team, he’s top 5 in super flex and in 1 QB leagues he’s most likely an early 2nd rounder.