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Combine QB Workout Results: Justin Herbert impresses, both passing and in physical testing

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The Oregon product excelled on Thursday with two of the other top players at his position sitting out.

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The Green Bay Packers aren’t going to move on from Aaron Rodgers in the immediate future, but the team does seem willing to invest in a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft if the right value comes along. With that in mind, it is worth keeping an eye on the QBs in this year’s class, even despite the possibility that as many as five could be off the board before the 30th overall pick.

As part of the first group of players to do on-field work in Indy at this year’s Combine, the quarterbacks went on display Thursday evening. Of the players who did participate in drills, Justin Herbert from Oregon had one of the best days overall. Herbert tested great, running a 4.68-second 40 with position-best numbers of 35.5 in the vertical jump and 7.06 seconds in the 3-cone drill. Jalen Hurts from Oklahoma did well also, though he did not perform in agility testing.

In throwing drills, however, Herbert was far and away the best quarterback in the first group of passers, as the group was split up in two sessions. He looked effortless and consistently accurate delivering deep throws, while other players in the first group either had not enough arm strength (Jake Fromm in particular) or were less perfect with their ball placement (Brian Lewerke, for example). The second group saw Jordan Love look good, as he auditioned for a top-15 pick. FIU quarterback James Morgan — an Ashwaubenon native — had a good evening throwing the ball as well.

Of course, the star power at the position was diminished somewhat by two of the top passers not participating in drills. Projected #1 overall pick Joe Burrow did not throw, choosing instead to wait until Pro Day, while Alabama’s Tua Tagavailoa is not yet cleared for on-field work after his hip injury late in the 2019 season.

Here are the numbers for the quarterbacks from Thursday night.

QB Testing - 2020 Combine

NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan 40 (1st) 10 (1st) 40 Official Vert Broad 3-Cone 20 Shuttle
NAME POS COLLEGE Height Weight Hand Arm Wingspan 40 (1st) 10 (1st) 40 Official Vert Broad 3-Cone 20 Shuttle
Bryant, Kelly QB Missouri 6031 229 9 4/8 32 2/8 78 4.69 4.69 4.69 35 125 7.33 4.51
Burrow, Joe QB LSU 6034 221 9 30 7/8 74
Davidson, Kevin QB Princeton 6041 224 8 2/8 30 7/8 75 5.05 5 5.00 7.13 4.37
Eason, Jacob QB Washington 6057 231 9 4/8 32 7/8 79 4.9 4.9 4.89 27.5 110 7.50 4.75
Fromm, Jake QB Georgia 6017 219 8 7/8 31 1/8 75 5.01 5.04 5.01 30 111 7.27 4.51
Gordon, Anthony QB Washington St. 6023 205 9 6/8 31 73
Herbert, Justin QB Oregon 6062 236 10 32 7/8 78 7/8 4.71 4.69 4.68 35.5 123 7.06 4.46
Hurts, Jalen QB Oklahoma 6010 222 9 6/8 31 6/8 77 5/8 4.64 4.59 4.59 35 125
Lewerke, Brian QB Michigan St. 6024 213 10 5/8 32 1/8 75 4/8 4.99 4.95 4.95 7.14 4.40
Love, Jordan QB Utah St. 6036 224 10 4/8 32 5/8 80 4.69 4.74 35.5 118 7.21 4.52
Luton, Jake QB Oregon St. 6061 224 10 3/8 31 6/8 77 5/8
McDonald, Cole QB Hawaii 6031 215 9 6/8 32 2/8 76 6/8 4.6 4.54 4.58 36 121 7.13 4.52
Montez, Steven QB Colorado 6040 231 9 3/8 32 6/8 76 7/8 4.58 4.65 4.68 33 117 7.25 4.43
Morgan, James QB Florida International 6040 229 9 6/8 33 3/8 79 4.92 4.89 29 112 7.51 4.64
Patterson, Shea QB Michigan 6007 212 9 3/8 30 4/8 73 4/8 4.73 4.71 31 116 7.14 4.50
Stanley, Nate QB Iowa 6036 235 10 32 5/8 78 2/8 4.79 4.83 4.81 28.5 108 7.26 4.48
Tagovailoa, Tua QB Alabama 6000 217 10 30 4/8 75 2/8