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NFL Evaluator: Star College QB Is "Kind Of Soft"

A general view of Oregon's football field at a Pac-12 football game.

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 06: A general view of the stadium during the game between of Oregon Ducks and the California Golden Bears on October 6, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The 2019 NFL Draft wasn't even one month ago and we've already moved on to looking ahead to 2020. That means we already have anonymous scouts offering criticisms of some of the projected top players in next year's draft crop.

Bleacher Report NFL Draft writer Matt Miller dropped a list of his top 10 prospects for 2020. In it, he quoted an NFL scout who had some not-so-nice things to say about Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert.

Herbert, who almost entered this year's draft before opting to return to school, is described as "kind of soft" by the evaluator.

Even before Herbert announced he would stay in school for his senior season, rumors had been stirring in the scouting community about his personality, which was often described as "weird." Herbert isn't a bad person—no one said that—but as one evaluator told me: "He's just kind of soft and aloof. Another year will hopefully toughen him up."

Now, Miller goes on to offer his own praise for Herbert, going so far as to say he thinks the 6-foot-6, 240-pound signal caller would have been the first quarterback taken this year if he left school.

In fact, there were some indications that New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman was high on the Oregon product, so it's not crazy to think he would have preferred him to Daniel Jones. We'll never know for sure.

Still, every draft prospect has to answer questions about himself. This is true even more so with quarterbacks.

It looks like Herbert will have to shake off the concerns about his leadership ability and toughness before next April.