Some big news surfaced regarding the 2019 NFL Draft. Oregon football star Justin Herbert, who was widely regarded as the best available quarterback in this year’s draft class, announced his surprising NFL Draft decision.
While many anticipated Herbert to declare as a potential top 10 pick, he shocked the college football world with his announcement that he will be returning to school for his senior season.
“The University of Oregon has been a special place to me for as long as I can remember. Words will never be able to express my feeling of gratitude toward the people that have built and maintain our program. My commitment to my teammates, our coaches, Duck fans, and the University of Oregon has never been stronger. I’ll be returning to the University of Oregon for my senior year. Go Ducks!” Herbert said in a statement
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) December 26, 2018
Last season, Herbert established himself as one of the nation’s top quarterbacks with 2,985 yards, 28 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions.
In recent years, the NFL has strayed from tradition and moved the draft out of New York City, where it had been held for years.
In 2015, the NFL Draft moved to Chicago, Illinois which marked the first time since 1965 that the draft was held outside of New York City. It was held at Auditorium Theatre in Grant Part which marked the first draft to feature an outdoor component. The draft returned to Chicago in 2016 after the great reception a year prior. In 2017, the draft shifted to Philadelphia where it was held on the iconic Rocky Steps outside of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was the most attended draft in NFL history with more than 250,000 fans.
Then, in 2018, the draft was held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and it marked more NFL first’s. It was the first time in history that the draft was held in the state of Texas, while also being the first draft to take place in an NFL stadium.
The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27.