Jacob Eason, Washington St., QB
Height – 6’5” Weight – 231 lbs. Hand Size – 9.5”
Arm – 32” Wingspan – 79” Age – 22
The strong-armed Jacob Eason goes to the Indianapolis Colts with the 16th selection in the fourth round. Eason will be expected to backup Phillip Rivers with his new team as the sixth QB off the board in this year’s 2020 draft class. Eason will need time to develop to the NFL speed of the game, but will hopefully be the successor for Phillip Rivers when his time is done.
Eason is a bit raw of a prospect playing at UGa during his first two seasons and then finding his way to the Huskies after Jake Fromm took over as the starter for the Bulldogs. Despite being a five-star recruit, Eason had to sit out most of the 2018 season in order to gain a starting role with his hometown team in Washington. If not for a leg injury that allowed Fromm to take the starting role, who knows if Eason would have even left Georgia. The consensus is that he should’ve returned for his senior season to develop more, but he decided to declare for this year’s draft and found himself as a Day Three selection
Jacob Eason was able to climb back to relevancy after his transfer and showed off his arm strength and his ability to push the ball downfield. He throws rockets into tight windows and can stand tall in the pocket to deliver strikes. He definitely needs to develop his ball placement and his ability to deliver touch passes, but nonetheless he has NFL caliber arm talent.
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If asked to do too much, Eason may not be capable, and therefore I see him sitting a while and developing as a player. He doesn’t have crazy mobility but can navigate the pocket while taking pressure. Eason has to work on improving his accuracy going forward. He can stretch the field with his arm strength, but it isn’t enough at the next level to rely on 60% completion percentages and low touchdown totals in an NFL that is leaning towards pass-heavy offenses.
Eason does show the ability to look off defenders at times as well as placing the ball only where the WR can make a play on it. He flashes brilliance in plays when watching his film but needs more consistency to excel. I don’t see him improving the talent around him as much as I see him depending on talent to produce. Select him early in the late second or early third round of rookie superflex leagues, and don’t worry about him in other formats.
Jacob Eason has a strong arm and pairing that with the ability to develop bodes well. He will have multiple weapons when he takes the field and will be expected to grow with Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor selections from day two in the draft.
Eason will be a taxi squad QB ready to go in 2021 at best. He will hopefully develop into a strong-armed pocket passer but isn’t a guarantee by any means.
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