Despite Justin Herbert being widely expected to be selected in the first ten picks of the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, he's had quite a mixed reception from draft experts with looming questions about his leadership and decision making.
However, the Oregon quarterback has one large believer in him: Gil Brandt.
The former Dallas Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel (1960-1988) held a Twitter Q&A about the Draft and had quite the confidence in Herbert as a prospect, even saying he may be better than Joe Burrow.
Herbert, and maybe before Burrow https://t.co/KIWhc9FcgD— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 9, 2020
The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has been the slam dunk, consensus choice to go first overall in the draft to the Cincinnati Bengals for months after leading LSU to a National Championship and putting up a historically efficient passing season. But even then, Brandt thinks that Herbert is in the same tier as Burrow rather than competing with Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Utah State's Justin Love in the tier below.
This also isn't the first time Brandt raved about Herbert as he praised his performance in the NFL Combine, too.
Herbert making himself some 💰#NFLCombine2020— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) February 28, 2020
Brandt's opinion holds credence too.
In his Hall of Fame career, he pioneered many scouting techniques such as using computers for scouting evaluations, looking outside football for prospects, drafting based on potential in the lower rounds which yielded Dallas Herschel Walker, use of psychological tests and helped create the NFL Scouting Combine. Those advancements helped the Cowboys win two Super Bowls while he worked for the franchise, and trading Walker to Minnesota in 1989 paved the way for three more Super Bowls in the 1990s.
The Cowboys inducted him into the 2018 Ring of Honor a year before his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
He now works for NFL.com as a draft analyst and Sirius XM as a radio host.
The 6-foot-6, 237 pound Herbert passed for 3,417 yards, 32 touchdowns and only six interceptions while leading the Ducks to a 12-2 record, a Pac-12 Championship, and a Rose Bowl Championship in his senior season.
We will find out where Justin Herbert will begin his professional career on April 23, when the NFL Draft will be going virtual.