We really don’t know if Washington quarterback Jacob Eason will declare for the NFL Draft over this next month, as he still has a year of eligibility left. The quarterback class is deep this season and next, making a decision very difficult to come by. It’s been an up and down year for the redshirt junior, who transferred back home to Washington from Georgia. The good that we have seen has been Matthew Stafford like, while the bad… It almost outweighs the good.
However, Eason’s final game of the season was the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday night against a 19th ranked Boise State Broncos squad. In Washington head coach Chris Peterson’s final game, Eason looked, for the most part, impressive.
Will Eason declare?
First, let’s start with the possibility of Eason declaring this season. Reporters all wanted to know after the game if he would indeed be declaring. Eason just shook his head. “There are several factors and a lot of things going on here and a lot of different things going on there,” Eason proclaimed. “I’m not really into discussing it right now.”
As in the case of Utah State quarterback Jordan Love, I think that Eason’s best interest is to declare. There is so much uncertainty around Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, Eason needs to make Tua’s decision that much harder.
Decisions, decisions 🤔
— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) December 18, 2019
Eason has been projected all around the board, from being a top ten pick in some mock drafts to being all the way in the third round. Because the quarterback rankings are so unclear as of now, uncertainty is rampantly running everywhere. There’s no doubt that Eason is a very talented quarterback, the question that remains is how much do NFL teams trust him?
The Concerns surrounding Jacob Eason
Yes, concerns have been there and they have been very much valid. While Eason’s arm talent is extraordinary, it’s obvious while watching the tape that he knows it. As a result, we see a lot of confidence throws, the types that basketball players would call “heat checks”, into coverage that Eason forces trying to create a big play. The crazy thing is that sometimes, he hits on them.
Overall, it was a good year for Eason, who finished the 2019 season with 3132 yards passing, 23 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. The frustrating thing while watching the tape is that most of those interceptions could have been avoided, and that number could have been a good bit higher.
The gameplan against a very good Boise State defense was very conservative. Eason simply checked the ball down a lot or threw quick hitches and screens. While the playcalling was masterful, it showed us that Eason can be patient and let things happen. He would flash the big arm from time-to-time with incredible throws, reminding us that the entire field is at risk when he is the quarterback.
Jacob Eason can literally throw to any spot on the field from anywhere. 👀 pic.twitter.com/mafOqI6v38
— Draft Rite (@DraftRite) December 23, 2019
The potential of Jacob Eason
The most attractive part of scouting a quarterback is arm talent, and NFL teams generally love it. Think of Josh Allen being drafted in the top ten (that looks good right now, but he was out of Wyoming). Think of Jamarcus Russell being drafted first overall. Matthew Stafford going first. These guys all have serious arm talent that pops off of the tape.
Eason has that level of arm talent. His ability to throw the football is quite unlike anyone else in college football currently. When he throws the football, it just pops off of the film. I oftentimes find myself speaking out loud by myself in a dark room in amazement, in awe at his ability to throw the ball. This is not normal by any stretch of the imagination.
I love what Jacob Eason could bring a football team. However, we need to be patient and see how it all plays out. Eason could potentially have one of the stronger pre-draft cycles out of this class of quarterbacks, something that would benefit him tremendously. From what we saw against Boise State, it just confirmed that the sky is the limit for the potential of Eason.