What do you do when your hometown hero is drafted No. 6 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft during a worldwide pandemic?
You hold a car parade of course.
That is exactly what the Oregon football coaching staff did Thursday night on the opening night of the NFL Draft as the Eugene, Oregon community was anxiously waiting to hear quarterback Justin Herbert’s name be taken off the boards.
I had probably two hours of media right after the draft and so they were waiting outside for about 2 hours. The real ones stuck around. — Justin Herbert
Under normal circumstances, Herbert would have been the sixth player to hop on a boat and be driven out to a floating stage on the Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was supposed to be surrounded by his friends, family, and coaches. High fives and hugs all around. It was supposed to be a draft experience for the ages.
Unfortunately, the NFL Draft was fully virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Herbert watched his name up on the TV screen and hugged his parents and two brothers from his living room.
It was an unforgettable career for the Eugene native who will now pack his nags and move 856.9 miles to Los Angeles and live somewhere not called Eugene, Oregon for this first time in his life.
I think they got the total package. What you seen in terms of his tangibles, 6-foot-6, 230 pounds that can make every throw imaginable, that can run like the wind. I think when you get a chance to be around Justin, I think the Chargers will quickly find out that his intangibles match this tangible assets as well. — Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal on SportsCenter
Herbert and Oregon made history on draft night, becoming one of three teams in the nation with five first round quarterbacks selected in the draft in the common era: Chris Miller (1987), Akili Smith (1999), Joey Harrington (2002), Marcus Mariota (2015), and Justin Herbert (2020).
You can listen to the full Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert here.