Why Patriots might draft: Quarterback Jacob Eason

Andy Hart
April 08, 2020 - 12:16 pm
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(The sports world has turned its attention to the NFL Draft. That means we have to figure out which players the Patriots might be taking in what promises to be one of the most important drafts in the Pats’ recent history. Each day until the Draft kicks off on April 23 we will give you some names that the Patriots might be calling.)

Name: Jacob Eason

School: Washington

Position: Quarterback

Why the Patriots might draft him: With Tom Brady taking his aging talents to Tampa Bay, New England is in the market for a starting quarterback for the first time in nearly three decades. Eason has the size and obvious strong arm to be an NFL QB.

What is he good at: As the 2015-16 Gatorade National Player of the Year Eason began his college career at Georgia, winning the starting job as a freshman before an injury as a sophomore sidelined him and led to a transfer to his home state Huskies. At 6-6, 231 pounds Eason looks the part, especially when firing the football all over the field with maybe a little too much confidence. He’s far from a polished, can’t-miss prospect, but as a pro-style passer he has clear upside. Oh, and did we mention he’s tall and has a strong arm?

Read: Which quarterbacks stand out from the Patriots perspective from the 2020 NFL combine.

And then there is this: As Eason’s Wikipedia page clearly and necessarily notes, while the quarterback is indeed the son of Tony Eason, it’s not the same Tony Eason who was a first-round pick of the Patriots as a quarterback out of Illinois in 1983. Jacob Eason’s dad, Tony, did play college football as a wide receiver at Notre Dame in the mid-80s, though.

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