Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was able to take part in his Pro Day as one of the final events before the NFL shut down all pre-draft evaluations and team visits but with the 2020 NFL draft less than a month away, the quarterback is using digital methods to talk to teams. A report on Monday morning by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport said that the quarterback has met with the team where most analysts predict him ending up and then a team that just signed another Oregon quarterback.
"With no pre-draft visits due to Coronavirus, teams have turned to FaceTime meetings with prospects instead. For instance, #Oregon QB Justin Herbert has a video call with the #Raiders today, and he’s spoken with the #Chargers, too. Everyone is adjusting to new realities," Rapoport tweeted on Monday.
The Los Angeles Chargers have been long speculated as the team most likely to pick Herbert. With the No. 6 pick in the draft, the Chargers are in the perfect spot to take a quarterback, especially after letting Philip Rivers walk this offseason and then not signing a marquee free agent like Tom Brady. Sportsbook William Hill has the Chargers as the favorite to get the Oregon quarterback with +140 odds with the next closest team the Miami Dolphins at 2/1 odds.
After missing out on Tom Brady, the Chargers appear to be done with the free-agent quarterback market and looking to use a draft pick on a quarterback instead. The team reportedly decided to just stick with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. With Taylor having one year left of his deal, that either means the Chargers will wait until next year to sign a free agent quarterback of the future or will hope to draft their franchise quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft, which many expect to be Herbert.
The other team that Rapoport reported that Herbert spoke with is the Las Vegas Raiders. Earlier this month the Raiders made a free agency move to pick up Marcus Mariota and heavily incentivized Mariota's contract if the quarterback can beat out current starter Derek Carr. Some have speculated that the Raiders could be looking to move on from Carr in the long term, and Mariota's current contract could have been set up to bridge the gap between a rookie quarterback.