The NFL landscape has seen an influx of exceptional young quarterbacks over the past five drafts, but one name shines brighter than the rest. According to a survey conducted by The Athletic, which gathered insights from league executives and coaches, Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers has emerged as the standout quarterback under the age of 25. This acknowledgment places him in the spotlight, edging out his contemporaries.
Ranked just ahead of Jalen Hurts, who led his team to the NFC championship last year, and Trevor Lawrence, the quarterback behind Jacksonville’s triumphant comeback against Los Angeles, Herbert’s ranking lands him in a commendable sixth position among the 25 players on the list. In terms of offensive prowess, only two players surpass Herbert: Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings and Jamarr Chase of the Cincinnati Bengals. Notably, both Jefferson and Chase were prominent members of the renowned 2020 LSU Tigers, showcasing their exceptional teamwork.
While the offensive field is notable, the defensive sector also boasts remarkable talents. In the realm of pass rushers, two prominent names, Nick Bosa of the San Francisco 49ers and Micah Parsons of the Dallas Cowboys, secured positions ahead of Herbert. Another figure that outperformed Herbert is Pat Surtain II, a familiar face representing the Denver Broncos. Interestingly, the Chargers are scheduled to cross paths with the Broncos twice this season as divisional rivals, setting the stage for exciting matchups.
“Herbert burst onto the scene in 2020, earning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, and has done more with less compared to many of his peers. He is the consensus pick for the best quarterback 25 years and younger. The Chargers rewarded Herbert just a couple of weeks ago with a five-year, $262.5 million contract that features $218.7 million guaranteed.”
The recognition bestowed upon Herbert is an honor that reflects his excellence on the football field. Positioned as a quarterback, one of the most pivotal roles in the sport, Herbert’s achievement stands as a testament to his hard work and dedication. The Chargers’ fan base, known as the “Bolts,” celebrates this accomplishment with enthusiasm, thrilled to have Herbert, a product of Oregon, as a cornerstone of their team. The anticipation for Herbert’s future endeavors and the lists he might continue to dominate is palpable, as he continues to shine brightly in the NFL arena.