Justin Herbert at 2020 NFL Combine: Measurements, Highlights and Reaction

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Quarterback Justin Herbert of Oregon throws a pass during the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert walked away as one of Thursday's winners at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. The 21-year-old impressed scouts with his arm and speed while going through drills at Lucas Oil Stadium.   

While Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa have staked their claims as the top two quarterbacks in the draft, Herbert has a strong case at No. 3 and may even have some teams looking at him ahead of the Alabama product if he continues to show out. 

Here's how Herbert measured up in Indy: 

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 236 lbs
Arm length: 32 7/8"
Hands: 10''
40-Yard Dash: 4.68 seconds
Vertical Jump: 35.5''
Broad Jump: 123''

Three-cone drill: 7.06 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.46 seconds


.@OregonFootball QB Justin Herbert runs a 4.71u 40-yard dash. 📺: #NFLCombine on @NFLNetwork https://t.co/TRbwXFmUD9

Herbert's body of work at Oregon is well-known. Throwing for more than 3,100 yards in each of his final two seasons, he finished his career with 10,541 passing yards, 95 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, a quarterback rating of 153.1 and a Rose Bowl victory in 2020.

Even still, scouts came away with a new appreciation for the former Duck after his throwing session Thursday. 


Herbert and Hurts 🎯 on the slant route. 📺: #NFLCombine on @NFLNetwork https://t.co/vcI90c6X8e

Oregon Football @oregonfootball

1️⃣0️⃣ is throwing heat and he knows it. #GoDucks https://t.co/peeRxu4TFh

Shawne Merriman @shawnemerriman

I’m sold on Justin Herbert ⚡️⚡️⚡️

Gil Brandt @Gil_Brandt

Herbert making himself some 💰 #NFLCombine2020

Chris Simms @CSimmsQB

Herbert is out there putting on a throwing show. It’s effortless and powerful #NFLCombine2020

NFL analyst Lance Zierlein compared Herbert to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and noted his arm strength will be a problem for NFL defenses on long throws.

His performance Thursday seemed to back up that assessment. On both slant routes and deep balls, he wowed those in attendance, which may impact his draft stock rather quickly. 

"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,"  Zierlein wrote. 

ESPN's Mel Kiper seems to agree there (h/t 247Sports' Kevin Wade). The NFL draft analyst believes the superior surrounding talent in the NFL will help Herbert take full advantage of his skill set. 

Kiper has Herbert coming off the board as the No. 3 quarterback in the draft. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller concurs, placing only Burrow and Tagovailoa ahead of Herbert in his pre-combine rankings

Neither Burrow nor Tagovailoa is throwing at the combine. Herbert's showing on Thursday may give him a recency-bias boost heading into the draft. In any case, he can sleep well knowing he made a strong case as a first-round pick with two months to go before the draft.