The Colts ended up taking the QB everyone thought, after all. Jacob Eason was the team’s 4th-round draft pick, and a potential successor to Phillip Rivers has arrived in Indianapolis. Widely regarded as a 2nd round prospect, Eason slipping to the 4th round was perfect for the team. Because of this, it allowed them to grab two 1st round talents, Pittman and Taylor, in the second round.
Eason played well in his senior season at Washington, posting 3,132 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions. His arm is easily his best attribute and is a great one at that. He’s drawn comparisons to current Lions QB and fellow gunslinger Matthew Stafford. The Washington product will have no problem translating his arm talent into the NFL.
The main concerns come with his mobility outside of the pocket and his consistency. Eason isn’t a mobile threat, but also isn’t a standstill passer. He does have the ability to leave the pocket in order to extend the play, but his speed isn’t anything to be desired. This wouldn’t be a problem in years past, but now that the NFL’s top QBs are becoming more mobile and defensive rushers are doing the same, Eason’s mobility is something to keep in mind as a potential knock in his game.
His biggest concern is his overall accuracy. While having a great arm that can fit passes through tight windows, Eason struggles with touch at times; he’s gone through extended stretches during games where his passes are off the mark and lack touch. This is something he’ll need to fix moving forward if he’s to succeed Rivers at QB.
2020 Colts Projection:
If Eason can develop behind Rivers in his first couple of years in the league, he’ll be ready to take over the starting job and be comfortable with the Colts system. Behind centerpiece offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, Eason would be protected well and would allow him to fire passes inside a well-protected pocket. Pittman Jr. will be a great young receiver that Eason could throw to, and Jonathan Taylor is a bell cow that would be in his prime once Eason is ready to step in.
As of now, I can’t say anything on Eason’s projections in 2020, as he’ll be in the #2 QB spot at best this coming season. He’ll get some action in the preseason to begin and work his game to become pro-ready.
Rookie Projection: N/A