Possible last minute, dark horse NFL teams to draft Justin Herbert
In just a few hours, Justin Herbert will find his new home in the NFL.
The Eugene, Oregon native will become the sixth quarterback in Oregon Football history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft: George Shaw (No. 1 in 1955); Chris Miller (No. 13 in 1987); Akili Smith (No. 3 in 1999); Joey Harrington (No. 3 in 2002); and Marcus Mariota (No. 2 in 2015).
The likely destinations for Herbert have been consistent in the mock drafts: The Miami Dolphins at No. 5 or the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6.
But anything can happen on draft day.
Here is a list of potential last minute, dark horse NFL teams looking to trade up and perhaps need a quarterback...
Reported on Thursday afternoon by ESPN’s Adam Schaefter, the Jacksonville Jaguars were in discussions with the Detroit Lions, who have the No. 3 pick.
Do the Jags need another rookie quarterback? Weren’t they all in on Gardner “Minshew Mania” Minshew? Jacksonville currently holds the No. 9 overall pick, and if they’re looking for another quarterback, potentially Tua Tagovailoa, then would that essentially seal the deal for the Dolphins to take Herbert at No. 5?
National Insider for NFL Network Ian Rapoport also reported other teams potentially looking to trade up:
Atlanta, New York Jets, New Orleans, Green Bay.
Atlanta currently holds the No. 16 overall pick. Their quarterback room doesn’t shy from experience: 13-year veteran Matt Ryan and 17-year veteran Matt Schaub.
NEW YORK JETS
New York currently holds the No. 11 overall pick.
The Jets drafted Sam Darnold (USC) with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Darnold signed a four-year contract with the Jets back on July 30, 2018.
New York has David Fales (unfortunate last name) and Mike White as back-ups, but the Jets may need a fail-safe in getting Herbert should Darnold miss significant time again.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
New Orleans currently holds the No. 24 pick.
The 41-year-old, 2-year veteran Drew Brees recently signed a two-year contract with New Orleans worth $50 million. Brees is currently the only quarterback on the Saints’ roster and the team could be eyeing to trade up for the heir to Brees’ throne.
Adding Herbert as a back-up and the QB of the future might be enticing enough for New Orleans.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
Green Bay currently holds the No. 30 overall pick.
Their quarterback room consists of 16-year veteran Aaron Rodgers, third-year QB Tim Boyle (Eastern Kentucky) and Manny Wilkins (Arizona State).
It's a long shot, but if they're all in on Herbert, they could trade the house to get him or hope that somehow Herbert slides down the Draft boards to a reasonable spot to move up.