If you are a betting person, odds are good that the Cincinnati Bengals will go shopping for a franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. One signal-caller the fans should not forget is Justin Herbert from Oregon.
Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert is playing some serious football in the Pacific Northwest. In case Bengals fans forgot, or have been saturated with coverage about two other quarterbacks from the SEC, Herbert continues to chug along with his team at 8-1 and sitting comfortably atop the PAC-12 North.
It is overwhelmingly likely that, barring the miraculous, the Cincinnati Bengals select a quarterback either first or second in the 2020 NFL Draft. With Zac Taylor having benched fan favorite and veteran Andy Dalton in favor of rookie Ryan Finley, quarterback is likely at the top of the wish list come draft time.
The question fans are already beginning to kick around is whether that quarterback should be Tua Tagovailoa from Alabama or Joe Burrow from LSU. While they played an epic game on Saturday, and will likely figure prominently in the College Football Playoff, Herbert toils under less scrutiny and spotlight. Worth noting, he also plays in a soft conference.
Heading into the holiday season, Burrow looks to be the flavor of the month. He should be. Going on the road and winning at Tuscaloosa is no small task, and despite the score, it never really felt that Alabama was going to win that game.
Tua, Burrow, or Justin is an embarrassment of riches in next year’s draft. With a lot of football still to be played on Saturday and on Sunday’s, anything can happen. Factor in the NFL Combine, and who knows what name may actually emerge. One thing is for certain, and that is not to sleep on Justin Herbert.