Many quarterbacks do not risk the Combine workshops for fear of dropping their coast. Logical choice given that physical qualities are not the most essential when it comes to assessing the potential of these players who have to lead an entire squad populated by far superior athletes.
Lately, a pitcher has all the same lent himself to the game of Combine in order to demonstrate that he was still a more than serious athlete. This is Justin Herbert, Rookie of the Year.
Measurements that please
With a height of 1.98m and a weight of 107 kilos, Herbert is blessed with the physique appreciated by NFL managers and coaches. Tall and strong, thanks to these two aspects, he has the ability to see the game above the lines (populated by very tall players) and to withstand shocks in the event of a sack. If he is not considered an extraordinary jig for the NFL, the fact remains that Herbert is anything but a standard man for ordinary people. Almost 2 meters for more than 105 kilos, it is a « beautiful baby ».
Add to that his 84cm long arms and huge 25.4cm hands, ideal for catching the oval ball, and you’ve got a mix of size and build that scouts crazy as long as the football IQ is high.
At the NFL Combine, Herbert ran for 40 yards in 4.68 seconds. A more than honorable mark, and which, even far from that of the receivers or cornerbacks, attests to a very good speed for a player of this position, which is more of this size. Its maximum speed was also measured at 28.13 km / h.
Launched at full speed, it still develops an amount of energy of 3571 joules in the event of an impact. A shock comparable to a collision with a cyclist who would weigh 72kg (bicycle and cyclist included) traveling at 36km / h. Enough to leave a few bruises.
Its acceleration is very interesting since its time of passage to 10 yards was 1 second 62, which means that it is explosive and able to extricate itself quickly from a situation where it would be closed and in crisis of solutions. In this sense, he can escape defensive linemen likely to sack him since he accelerates quickly and can run at higher speeds than most of these players with stronger builds.
Herbert has lower body power that makes him a remarkable athlete. His results in the jumping workshops are 90 centimeters of dry relaxation (without momentum). Some analysts have been able to reproach Russell Wilson for being small and not seeing the game enough over the lines … However, in the case of Herbert, he can if necessary (theoretically of course) « raise » his. head to 2 meters 88, in order to play the games.
His horizontal jump of 3 meters 12 definitely attests to the strength of his lower limbs.
While a measure like BMI would declare him to be noticeably overweight, Herbert, who does not play on his athleticism as the main argument, falls into the category of people who have a trigger that reaches the meter with a little momentum, symbolic and oh so respectable mark (most good level basketball and volleyball players are far from it).
Without forgetting its strength
Last point, essential for a quarterback, the strength of his arm. Herbert didn’t go so far as to risk the 102 kilogram bench press workshop. However, on his throwing exercises, he demonstrated an aptitude for long and deep throwing which impressed. Many observers have pointed out the quality of the arc of his ball on the deep throws, which reveals a great reserve of force of the chain of the extensors and the shoulder.
Thus, although we do not have figures, in addition to his combined exercises, the past season has shown that Justin Herbert is one of those young quarterbacks with “big arms”, and whose volume of action on the field is almost unlimited so much he is able to move fast, high, and well. His coaches also seem satisfied since with him, deep games are legitimate, the ball can be thrown far and stay long enough in the air to be played by the receivers.