PORTLAND, Ore. — Justin Herbert is headed to Los Angeles.
The former University of Oregon quarterback was drafted by the Chargers with the No. 6 pick in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. He was the third quarterback taken in this year's draft behind LSU's Joe Burrow (No. 1, Cincinnati) and Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5, Miami).
Herbert grew up in Eugene, Ore., in the shadow of Autzen Stadium. The Sheldon High School grad was expected to be a first-round pick had he left school to turn pro after his junior season with the Ducks. Herbert, to the delight of Ducks fans, chose to return to school for his senior season.
Herbert led the Ducks to a 12-2 record, a Pac-12 championship and a Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin. He completed 14 of 20 passes for just 138 yards and an interception. But his three rushing touchdowns were enough to be named the Offensive MVP of the Rose Bowl.
Herbert is the first Duck to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft since defensive end DeForest Buckner was selected No. 7 overall in 2016.
He's also the sixth Ducks quarterback ever to be drafted in the first round. The others were George Shaw (1955, Baltimore Colts), Chris Miller (1987, Atlanta Falcons), Akili Smith (1999, Cincinnati Bengals), Joey Harrington (2002, Detroit Lions) and Marcus Mariota (2015, Tennessee Titans).