Quarterbacks are almost always pushed up the board in the draft, here we look at three who will be taken too early in 2020.
It is rare to find a year where quarterbacks do not dominate the NFL Draft.
The 2020 draft, while set to be done virtually, is no different in that regard.
Joe Burrow is almost certain to be the first-overall pick while much of the pre-draft discussion has surrounded where Tua Tagovailoa will go as he recovers from his dislocated hip.
Beyond the consensus top two, there is a great deal of talent at the position and the need for numerous teams to find their future at quarterback may lead to other prospects being pushed too far up the board.
Here we look at three quarterbacks who will be overdrafted in 2020.
There has been plenty of chatter about Herbert being taken ahead of former Alabama star Tagovailoa as the next quarterback off the board behind Burrow.
Any team considering that course of action could be motivated by concerns over Tagovailoa’s hip, despite the overwhelming positivity surrounding the medical examinations he has undergone this offseason.
However, it would be of no surprise if teams near the top of the draft have fallen in love with Herbert’s tools.
Herbert has the arm to make every throw. He can deliver the ball with zip and has demonstrated the ability to complete elite-level deep throws with accuracy and touch off his backfoot.
Able to stand in the pocket and make big-time throws with pressure in his face, Herbert shows a great deal of poise and can escape the pass rush with his legs and make plays on the run.
For all his positive traits, however, there are a number of concerns that should make teams wary of drafting Herbert too early.
His decision-making requires substantial improvement. Too often he will throw into crowds or stare down his target.
Herbert’s ball placement is inconsistent, with an irritating tendency to throw behind his receiver regularly showing up on tape.
Footwork is an also an issue. He misses far too many simple throws as a result of him not stepping into them. These are fixable problems, but they are enough to make taking Herbert in the top 10 a risk, let alone the top five ahead of Tagovailoa.
Yet the smart money says a quarterback-needy franchise will be seduced by his obvious potential and reach for a quarterback who is much less of a sure thing than many believe he is.