Justin Herbert will be in the spotlight a year from now at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Oregon’s star quarterback would have been in the conversation to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, but Herbert announced his decision to return for his senior season before the Ducks capped a 9-4 season with a win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl.
There will still be four Oregon standouts — safety Ugo Amadi, outside linebacker Justin Hollins, defensive end Jalen Jelks and wide receiver Dillon Mitchell — participating in the NFL Scouting Combine, which features on-field workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Friday through Monday.
Amadi returned two interceptions for touchdowns and a punt for another touchdown last season. The senior from Nashville, Tenn., who also won the Lombardi Award given for “performance and leadership honed by character and resiliency," is ranked as the No. 21 safety prospect by CBS Sports.
Hollins, who played on the Ducks’ 2014 team that won the Pac-12 and appeared in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game, was named the defensive most valuable player of the East-West Shrine Game.
As a fifth-year senior last season, Hollins finished with 64 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception.
Jelks led Pac-12 defensive linemen with 57 tackles and finished with 22.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. The senior from Phoenix reportedly performed well during Senior Bowl practices.
In what is considered one of the deepest defensive line drafts of all time, Jelks is ranked as the No. 13 edge rusher prospect and Hollins is ranked No. 28.
Mitchell, the only junior to leave Oregon early for the NFL draft this year, led the Pac-12 and set the school’s single-season receiving record with 1,184 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018.
Despite the high-level production during his breakout season as Herbert’s only consistent target, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Mitchell is ranked as the No. 24 receiver in the draft class entering the combine.
Oregon’s annual pro day is March 14 in the Moshofsky Center.