Multiple league sources have told Jason La Canfora that Oregon QB Justin Herbert, who is in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2019, is “far more likely” to return to school next year than enter the NFL draft.
According to La Canfora, NFL teams have begun “falling in love” with Herbert as a quarterback prospect, seeing as he’s 6-foot-6, athletic, former multi-sport star and evolving into a pure passer.
Numerous sources who have spoken with La Canfora have said that there’s a “very strong sentiment” from Oregon that he will return for the 2019 season and several scouts have said they would be “very surprised” if he opted to go pro next year.
Beyond that, La Canfora mentions that there are “strong signals” in the agent community that Herbert will stay in school, as they’re becoming more pessimistic about him turning pro.
Herbert, 20, has separated himself as the top quarterback who could be available in next year’s draft class. In fact, some believe he could be the No. 1 overall pick, even though there are some impressive prospects available next year.
During his college career at Oregon, Herbert has thrown for 5,802 yards while completing 64.2 percent of his passes to go along with 52 touchdowns and 14 interceptions over the course of three seasons and 23 games. He has also rushed for 459 yards and nine touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Herbert as the news is available.