The 2020 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future and The Game Haus will be doing scouting reports on some of the top prospects. Here is Washington’s Jacob Eason 2020 NFL Draft profile.
Size: 6-foot-5, 231 pounds
Class: Redshirt Junior
2019 stats: 3,132 passing yards, 23 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, 64.2 percent completion, 7.7 yards per attempt
Eason had one of the more interesting college careers after being one of the best recruits in the country. After two seasons at Georgia and one season on the field at Washington, Eason is now getting ready to find a new team in the NFL.
The hype was huge for Eason as a freshman at Georgia, as he started for the Bulldogs in his first year. He had a solid season for a freshman with 2,430 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 55.1 percent completion. The Bulldogs won eight games including the Liberty Bowl. He started off his sophomore season as the starter, but then got injured and Jake Fromm led the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff. Eason transferred to Washington and redshirted a year before taking over as the starter. He passed for 3,132 yards, 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 64.2 percent completion. The Huskies won eight games and finished off the year with a win over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl.
After going from one corner of the country to the other in college, Eason has been able to display his skills. While he won’t be the first quarterback selected, he will likely be taken in the first few rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Eason has the prototypical size for an NFL quarterback. At 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, Eason is easily able to see over the line of scrimmage. Even though he was injured in college, his solid build should help him be durable at the NFL level.
His arm strength might be the best in the class. Not only can he throw the ball far, but he also gets a lot of zip on his passes. This will prevent faster defenders in the NFL from making a play on the ball because it won’t hang in the air. He will also be able to throw from the hashmark to the opposite sideline.
He has decent accuracy to all areas of the field, but it does need to be more consistent. Eason throws hard, but has nice touch when he needs to have it. His accuracy, to go with his arm strength, means he can make any throw asked of him. Getting reps against NFL defenses will help teams see if he can be this accurate on a more consistent basis.
The biggest question with Eason is whether he can handle pressure. He doesn’t recognize when the pass rush is coming at all times, which results in sacks. When he does see the pressure he often makes mistakes. He can stay in the pocket amid the rush at times, but the negatives of his ability to handle pressure outweigh that.
Eason is a good quarterback when his first read is open. He doesn’t often make multiple reads, which could create huge problems in the NFL. Eason will have to learn how to read the whole field or he will not be a successful NFL quarterback.
Because of the first two weaknesses mentioned, Eason doesn’t make great decisions. He has too much confidence in his arm and will put the ball into dangerous areas. While he only threw eight interceptions in 2019, that number could’ve easily been higher.
Projected Draft Range: First round pick-Third round pick
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