The Chargers selected quarterback Justin Herbert out of the University of Oregon in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft, and the decision was met with some mixed feelings amongst us here at Bolts From The Blue and across the media landscape. Before I let you loose on the reactions from around the web, I’ll give you my personal thoughts.
The Herbert pick isn’t that bad, but it’s also incredibly underwhelming. He does not move the needle with me at all. He’s the “safe” pick, and that’s unfortunately a Telesco move when it comes to picking the positions of need after his top choices aren’t there anymore.
In all honesty, the Chargers already have a player on their roster who will do the exact thing we can probably expect from Herbert. Unless things change, Herbert isn’t going to let it loose downfield; he’s going to play it safe and limit risking a turnover for the safer option.
While I absolutely will enjoy having a quarterback who can run around, extend plays, and not crumple in the pocket, Herbert just may not be as exciting as we would want from a top-10-pick quarterback, at least right away.
Final Grade: C+
Twitter Reacts to the Herbert Pick
We’ve got the good ...
Justin Herbert fits what the #Chargers want to do on offense. Like this one here. And no rush with Tyrod Taylor there to hold it down in the meantime if need be.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 24, 2020
Pick 6 - Justin Herbert— NFL GameDay (@NFLGameDay) April 24, 2020
Memo to NFL defensive coordinators: Blitz Justin Herbert at your own risk.
According to PFF, Herbert had 11 pass TD and 0 INT vs the blitz in 2019, the most pass TD without an INT among all FBS players. pic.twitter.com/GRXOzC7wQ9
... The bad ...
The Chargers will straight up regret taking the new Blaine Gabbert (Justin Herbert) instead of signing Cam Newton.— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) April 24, 2020
Jalen Hurts >>>>> Justin Herbert— walt (@HoopeFiasco) April 24, 2020
The absolute best case scenario happened for the Chargers and they STILL took Justin Herbert over Isaiah Simmons. smh #NFLDraft— Kwé ☠️ (@SpoopyGrey) April 24, 2020
... And the not quite sure.
Justin Herbert, taken sixth overall, had the sixth-best QBR of any quarterback in the Pac-12 last year— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 24, 2020
“You know who’d look good in our new jerseys? Justin Herbert” - Chargers— Missing the content homies (@Kofie) April 24, 2020
Justin Herbert getting the Daniel Jones treatment in terms of draft reactions. People don't like the pick now but they will by the end of the season. #NFLDraft— Alex Godat (@Alexander_Godat) April 24, 2020
Update 8:29pm PT: Chargers select LB Kenneth Murray with 23rd pick
The Chargers made one of the biggest surprise moves of the night when they traded back into the first round to select Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray with the 23rd pick. The Chargers sent picks #37 and #71 to the Patriots to get back in and find their future leader in the middle of the defense.
Murray was extremely productive while in Norman, especially as a sophomore in 2018 when he finished third in the FBS with 155 total tackles. As a senior this past season, he was named a Third-Team AP All-American after collecting 102 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss, and four sacks.
The biggest knock on Murray is his lack of patience when fitting into gaps and his skills in coverage. While he has sideline-to-sideline range on the field, he struggles to thrive in zones and can’t take advantage of his athleticism when he’s behind in processing what’s in front of him.
I would have loved this pick at #37. Since the Chargers traded both their second and third picks this year to go get him, they lost out on a lot of potential value tomorrow, which could have come in the form of a linebacker.
Final Grade: B-
Twitter Reacts to the Murray Pick
Always love to see a guy win a bet on himself.
Murray seems to be incredibly well-liked.
Kenneth Murray was a team captain at Oklahoma as a true sophomore. That tells you all you need to know about his person. Nice pick by the Chargers.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) April 24, 2020
Here's how ESPN broke down Kenneth Murray to the Chargers.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) April 24, 2020
"They're getting a three-down linebacker who absolutely can just wreck havoc from sideline to sideline." — Louis Riddick#OUDNA | #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/UmASwAUH93
But he may have some noteworthy weaknesses.
#Chargers LB Kenneth Murray Jr:— Sam Kweon (@SamKweonWriter) April 24, 2020
-NFL Comparison: Ryan Shazier
-Pros: Explosive, Fast, Solid in coverage, Playmaker, High energy
-Cons: Poor angles to the ball
So you pass on Simmons to get Brock 2.0 and trade up to get Murray pic.twitter.com/flwEkfrRt6— surg_RN (@joe_rn16) April 24, 2020
Chargers could of had Isaiah Simmons then wouldn’t had to trade up to get Murray.— Always Fresh, Never Frozen (@ThatGuyNoFlow) April 24, 2020