Herbert stays on West Coast

Oregon QB drafted 6th overall by Chargers
Staff Report

The winter of questions regarding Oregon senior Justin Herbert and his status among the NFL reached a level of solitude Thursday after he was selected sixth overall by the Los Angeles Chargers.

Herbert, who started for some or all of the past four seasons in Eugene, led the Ducks to the 2019 Pac-12 Conference title and Rose Bowl win, but had plenty of doubters heading into the draft. Those were left behind by a team that has not had to deal with the quarterback position for the past 14 years - the Phillip Rivers era, and Herbert was seen as the team's starter almost immediately.

He was the third quarterback selected after Louisiana State's Joe Burrows first to the Cincinnati Bengals and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa fifth to the Miami Dolphins.

The Draft was held in a virtual mode due to social distancing requirements caused by COVID-19.

Ohio State had players picked at No. 2 - defensive end Chase Young by the Washington Redskins, and No. 3 - cornerback Jeff Okudah by the Detroit Lions.

With the Chargers, Herbert will be inheriting a corps of stand-out receivers in Keenan AllenMike Williams and Hunter Henry. He also has a top-notch running back in Austin Ekeler, who recorded 993 receiving yards and caught eight touchdown passes last season.

The Chargers have reached the Super Bowl just once - 1994, when the team was quarterbacked by Oregon grad and Hall of Famer Dan Fouts.


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