When it comes to throwing ability, Jacob Eason measures up with the top quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft class. The question with Eason, however, comes with the other parts of his game and intangibles. He also started just two seasons for two different schools, so he doesn't have as much experience compared to others. So will teams gravitate towards the tantalizing physical package or focus more on his shortcomings?
Jacob Eason Draft Profile
Eason is this year’s premier size/arm strength prospect. He can absolutely spin it; the ball explodes off his hand, and his velocity is impressive at the deep intermediate level and when throwing outside the numbers. He also shows good touch dropping the deep ball in the bucket. He progresses with good quickness on hi-lo reads and gives his underneath targets a chance to run after the catch. He’s tough enough to stare down the gun barrel, and his experience in two offenses heavy on pro-style elements is a plus. He has the athleticism to extend plays and the arm talent to burn defenses on second-effort plays.
While he’s tough in the pocket and willing to absorb contact, Eason must become a more nuanced mover inside the pocket. He too often breaks down in a muddy pocket and pulls the ball down looking to escape. He’s much better throwing the ball moving to his right than to his left.
The arm talent is tantalizing, and teams looking to push the ball downfield off of play-action will like what they see. With a little polish, Eason can become a quality starter.
Final Grade: 1st/2nd round
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