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Mel Kiper Jr. Updates His No. 1 QB For 2019 NFL Draft

Mel Kiper gives NFL Draft analysis on ESPN.


Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was widely considered the top quarterback prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. But according to Mel Kiper Jr., his recent decision to stay at school for another year will have a much bigger impact on the next two draft cycles.

In a recent interview on ESPN, the NFL Draft expert revealed that Herbert skipping the 2019 draft all but locks in Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the top quarterback prospect in this year's draft.

Dwayne Haskins, the Ohio State quarterback, becomes THE top guy that some teams will move up to try to get.

Kiper Jr. also explained that with Herbert staying at Oregon for 2019, the 2020 NFL Draft will become a very strong draft class for quarterbacks. He revealed that Herbert, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Stanford's K.J. Costello, and Georgia's Jake Fromm could all declare for it.

Herbert finished the 2018 regular season with 221 completions for 2,985 yards and 28 touchdowns - all career-highs. But his accuracy plummeted below 60-percent - a career-low.

His next game will be in the Redbox Bowl against Michigan State.

The report bodes well for Dwayne Haskins, who finished the 2018 season in the top 10 in all major passing categories. He also finished third in the Heisman trophy voting.