Roth: Justin Herbert Still The No. 1 Quarterback

Joe Burrow is a fine player, but NFL scouts tell Yogi Roth that Herbert is still the top quarterback prospect in college football

The DA Show
November 21, 2019 - 12:16 pm
Categories: 

With Tua Tagovailoa’s season-ending hip injury, many football fans assume that LSU’s Joe Burrow will now be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Well, Oregon’s Justin Herbert might have something to say about that.

“I’ve talked to a scout almost every week at my games on the Pac-12 Network, and they all say off the record Justin Herbert is still the No. 1 quarterback,” Pac-12 Network analyst Yogi Roth said on The DA Show. “Everything I hear when I talk to scouts, they all say the physical intangibles of Justin are just off the charts. Then you get to know him – and a lot of people don’t get to know him. He’s only done a couple major sit-down interviews in his career. . . . When you get to know him, he’s so bright; he’s so competitive.”

So competitive, in fact, that he returned to Oregon for his senior season. Herbert has completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 2,662 yards, 28 touchdowns and three interceptions for the Ducks (9-1).

“I think for him coming back for this year, think about if you got that extra year of high school how much more confident you’d be walking through the halls,” Roth said. “He’s like that right now. He’s going to wow people. Some of the things he has with his size, how the ball gets out, his football acumen, the way he can train – those are things that I think are just going to continue to push the argument for him among teams. I don’t think there’s anybody in the country that has those types of tools.”

Which is another reason why Roth believes No. 6 Oregon – or No. 7 Utah (9-1) – would make the College Football Playoff as a one-loss Pac-12 champion.

“(Oregon’s) entire starting offensive line is going to make it to the NFL,” Roth said. “So you’ve got a No. 1 draft pick, let alone the talent on the front. Utah, Tyler Huntley is the second-most efficient quarterback in the country. It’s a pro-style offense; it’s not pitch-and-catch like most teams play – which, that’s fine. That’s the style and the era within which we are in. But this guy is playing under center, and they have the best running back on the West Coast in Zack Moss, and an offensive line that will match up size-wise with everybody.

“These are two powerhouse teams that I think, if given the opportunity, will look the part and compete in the games against LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State – whoever you want to put ahead of them right now.”