The 2019 NFL Draft is over and teams are getting comfortable with their new draft picks. The next class of players is getting prepared now for another year of college football. Each position will be analyzed in the coming days. Here are the best 2020 NFL Draft prospects: Quarterbacks.
Note: Players will not be ranked in the article.
Jacob Eason, Washington
Eason may sound familiar even though he hasn’t started a game at Washington. He was a big-time recruit who decided to go to Georgia, but was benched for Jake Fromm after he got injured. His physical stature will also make him alluring to NFL teams, as he stands 6-foot-6 and 227 pounds.
He started as a freshman at Georgia and had a solid season with 2,430 passing yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions on 55.1 percent completion. Eason was projected to be a starter on the Georgia team that ended up going to the National Championship and completed three passes before going down with an injury.
With Fromm entrenched as the starter for Georgia, Eason transferred back to his home state of Washington to play for the Huskies. He sat and watched Jake Browning finish up his career, but now will take over as the starter and will have a chance to prove to NFL scouts why he was such a highly-rated recruit.
Jake Fromm, Georgia
Fromm, the player that took over for Eason at Georgia, has run with his opportunity and is now also a 2020 NFL Draft Prospect. He led Georgia to the National Championship Game as a freshman and to a Cotton Bowl as a sophomore.
Last season Fromm threw for 2,761 yards and 30 touchdowns on 67.4 percent completion. He also only threw six interceptions all season, showing the ability to protect the football. His numbers gradually increased from year one to year two in every category. If he can show that improvement again this season, Georgia should have a great season.
His accuracy and leadership should make him wanted by NFL teams, especially if he can put together another good season. As of right now, Fromm is projected to be in contention to be an early first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Justin Herbert, Oregon
Herbert was the projected first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but decided to return to Oregon for another season. Over the last two seasons, partly due to Herbert’s play at quarterback, Oregon has won 20 games and qualified for two bowl games.
In his career at Oregon, Herbert has played 29 games and thrown for over 7,070 passing yards. He has recorded 63 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions on 62.5 percent completion.This past season, Herbert improved by throwing for more yards and touchdowns, but his completion percentage dipped to just under 60 percent.
He has the stature, at 6-foot-6 and 233 pounds, and the arm talent to be a franchise quarterback in the NFL if he develops. If he can retain his draft value after another season of college football, Herbert will likely be an early first round pick.
Shea Patterson, Michigan
Patterson started his career out at Ole Miss, but after his sophomore season, he transferred to Michigan. He had a decent year last season as a Wolverine, leading them to a 10-win season and an appearance in the Peach Bowl.
He threw for 2,600 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions on 64.6 percent completion last season. Patterson didn’t have the volume that most top quarterback prospects have, but did have a nice completion percentage and now has experience in a pro style offense.
While he is just average in size at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Patterson has one of the best arms in the class. He may need to cut down his improvising and complete more passes this season to improve his draft stock. Right now he is a late day two or early day three prospect, but if he shows improvement, teams could fall in love with his arm talent a bit sooner than that.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The phrase “Tank for Tua” was used a lot last year and for good reason. After leading a comeback win as a freshman backup in the National Championship Game against Georgia, Tagovailoa led the Crimson Tide back to the National Championship Game last season.
As a sophomore, he passed for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions on 69 percent completion. Tagovailoa had a great start to the season and was atop a lot of Heisman ballots, but faded down the stretch with rough performances against Georgia and Clemson.
While his output late in the season wasn’t great, Tagovailoa is also one of the smaller quarterbacks in the class at 6-foot-1 and 218 pounds. His arm strength might be questioned, but he is one of the most accurate passers that college football has seen in years. Tagovailoa is projected to be a top five pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.