Over at Pro Football Talk, Chris Simms is counting down his top-40 quarterbacks for the 2020 NFL season. Justin Hebert, the rookie passer set to lead the Chargers into the future, just recently came in at #37, ahead of fellow rookie Tua Tagovailoa who started this whole list off at #40.
“We discussed during PFT Live the things that makes Herbert potentially special, and the areas in which he potentially needs to improve — including one very specific mechanical enhancement from which Herbert and every other young quarterback who isn’t doing it would benefit,” says Simms about the ranking. “There’s no guarantee that Herbert will become a franchise quarterback, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic. Enough to get him a spot in the top 40 before he has ever officially gotten a spot on the Chargers’ depth chart.”
Many people will, and already have, protested the decision to rank Herbert over Tua, regardless of extrinsic factors aiding their potential with their new teams. Tua was a much more polished prospect than Herbert coming out and could have potentially gone #1-overall if it wasn’t for the hip injury he sustained in the middle of the season.
But when you compare the players and weapons around Hebert, and then do the same for Tua, there really isn’t much to compare. The complete cast of offensive firepower at the disposal of Herbert is much more talented than that of Miami. While Tua is probably going to elevate those around him to a certain extent, it’s tough to put him over someone who just needs to not make mistakes while Tua must come through in the clutch from the very beginning.
Time is the only thing that will tell us how this will shake out, but for the sake of argument, I get why Simms made the decision - if he actually took all these factors into consideration. That, to be fair, is mostly unknown.
Now for them hot links.
Gavino Borquez talks about the Chargers’ smartest move of the offseason (Chargers Wire)
Jason Reed highlights the Chargers three-game streak to earn revenge from 2019 (Bolt Beat)
Anthony Robertson lists three reasons why Derwin James could win DPoY (NFL Analysis Network)
Chris Simms lists Justin Herbert at #37 among his top-40 quarterbacks in the NFL (Pro Football Talk)
Rich Cimini talks with OT Kelvin Beachum about his offseason workout plans and diets (ESPN)
Jay Glazer’s latest NFL mailbag (The Athletic)
Grant Gordon reports that the sky judge proposals were withdrawn ahead of the league meetings (NFL.com)