Midway through his junior season, Oregon's 6-foot-6, 233-pound quarterback is drawing rave reviews, and while he may not sit atop many 2019 draft boards, he is widely considered the top quarterback in the class. For what it's worth, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay both have Herbert as their top-ranked passer, though he's not among either's top-10 prospects. Herbert is the top quarterback and No. 6 prospect for Bleacher Report's Matt Miller.
“I would take him No. 1, I think he can do it all," Aliotti, a former assistant with Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and the St. Louis Rams, told Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports this week. He also said Hebert is a "once-a-decade" prospect and Andrew Luck is the last quarterback to give him this feeling.
“There’s not going to be any flaws,” he added. “There’s no flaws in this guy. I think Marcus Mariota is one of the best college quarterbacks that anyone would have to defend. I love Marcus. Everything about him. I think this guy [Herbert] is a better pro.”
Undoubtedly, Aliotti's adulation will be taken with a grain of salt from many because he spent 22 seasons on the Ducks' staff, most recently as defensive coordinator form 1999-2013. Still, a four-decade coaching veteran calling Herbert a once-a-decade prospect with no flaws is head-turning.