Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is 6-6 and 227 pounds, put up gaudy numbers for four seasons, won a Rose Bowl, and had a 4.0 GPA during his time in Eugene. All of those traits scream Top 10 pick, and Herbert appears to have made an impression on a few teams in that range with both his play at Oregon and his performance on the first day of practice at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.
Per sources, at least one team picking in the Top 10 "really likes" Herbert. The Los Angeles Chargers and Miami Dolphins, both in need of a franchise quarterback, have reportedly done extensive research on the gunslinger.
It's real easy to connect the dots and infer that the Chargers are the team in question. Philip Rivers might be moving on, and a new face is needed to lead this team for the next 15 years. The Chargers also had several scouts around him during his Media Day press conference and after practice.
Questions about his introverted, non-vocal personalty seem to have subsided, as Herbert, who has received a stamp of approval from basically every Oregon coach and player, seemed confident, outgoing, and gregarious.
On the field, he might have been the best player at the game. With plus athleticism, the strongest arm in Mobile, accuracy to all levels, and football IQ beyond his years, Herbert was dropping dimes through the cold, cutting Mobile air routinely.
The former Duck is on track to be a Top 10 pick, and staying on the West Coast in order to help the Chargers move on from Rivers and lead that franchise for the next decade seems like a very real possibility after Day 1 in Mobile.