What will be Justin Herbert's biggest challenge in the NFL?

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We are exactly one week away from the 2020 NFL Draft!

The big question Oregon Duck football fans have on their minds is where their hometown hero and four-year quarterback Justin Herbert will be selected. Will Herbert head cross country to join the Miami Dolphins at No. 5? Will he stay on the West Coast and get picked by the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6? Or will a team not wait that long and make a trade with Detroit to select Herbert at No. 3?

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Only time will tell!

Herbert is a rare quarterback in today's college football universe. A four-year starter who came in his true freshman year and won the quarterback competition over a graduate transfer. He took his team from a 4-8 season to a Rose Bowl win. Herbert spent his freshman year with then offensive coordinator David Yost and head coach Mark Helfrich. After Oregon cleaned house, Herbert spent the next three years with offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo.

On the latest Talkin' Ducks Podcast, host Jordan Kent is joined by special guest and former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to discuss Herbert ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.

He just seems like a guy that just has a tremendous amount of raw ability. He's been in systems that are probably haven't been too difficult for him. He's made a lot of what he's been asked to do look pretty easy. - Matt Hasselbeck on Justin Herbert

The college and professional level of football are vastly different. In terms of physically, the game is bigger, faster, stronger in the NFL. Just like the transition from high school ball to college, it takes some time to adjust. Then there is the mental side and especially for an NFL quarterback. Adjusting to a new offensive scheme, how to read NFL defenses, learning to adapt on the fly and doing it quickly. 

These are all the lessons that Hasselbeck had to learn fast when he was selected into the league with the 187th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.

I think the challenge for him is probably going to be the mental challenge. Just how much NFL teams, honestly its kind of foolish the way people do it but they want to overload the quarterback with things to think about, verbiage and terminology. The tempo in college is so, so quick so there's not a lot that happens necessarily with play calls and huddling up… In the NFL, they have a coach to quarterback communication system where they can basically walkie talkie into the quarterbacks helmet these very complicated maybe three plays at once… - Matt Hasselbeck on NFL quarterbacks

This will be the challenge for Herbert.

He's already got the quarterback-friendly body. At 6-foot-6, 235 pounds, he's sneaky fast, but there will be a mental challenge for Herbert at the next level. How quickly can he pick up the play book, read defenses, make rapid adjustments on the fly and make the right decision with the ball?

One thing's for sure, we're ready to see Herbert at the next level.

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