BSS QB Big Board: Washington | Jacob Eason

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Jacob Eason could be the most likely fit in New England if the Patriots end up selecting a quarterback in the NFL Draft this week.  As we begin to settle into life without Tom Brady, the future seems uncertain as to how the Patriots will look under center with a quarterback not named Brady. 

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The Patriots have Jarrett Stidham, who they drafted in the fourth round in last year's draft.  He spent a season under the wings of the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL.  With the addition of Brian Hoyer back in New England, the Patriots could start the veteran this season and bridge the position to either Stidham or another quarterback. 

ESPN’s Matt Bowen has said that Jacob Eason is the “best fit” for the Patriots out of all the quarterbacks available in the NFL Draft.  Bowen wrote last season that Stidham was the best fit at quarterback, and the Patriots wound up taking the Auburn product. 

Washington Huskies gear at Fanatics.comEason projects to be a second or third round pick in the NFL Draft.  The 6-foot-6 quarterback threw for 3,132 yards at Washington last year with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.  The information scouts have all consistently said regarding Eason was how strong his arm is and he’s accurate.  According Pro Football Focus, Eason ranked 22nd among college quarterbacks with a 74.9 adjusted completion percentage.  The combination of Eason’s strong and accurate arm could be a dream for Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

Eason has been highly regarded coming into this year’s draft and rightfully so.  He limited mistakes and turnovers on the college level, which protecting the football is something Patriots head coach Bill Belichick values.  But Eason struggled when under pressure at Washington.  PFF gave him a 37.6 grade while under pressure which was one of the worst for a college quarterback.

The Washington standout declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season, and if the Patriots select him, he could develop for a season in the Patriots system.  ESPN’s Mike Reiss thinks the draft intrigue starts at quarterback for the Patriots and he might be right.  Reiss says “the question is less "if" the Patriots select a quarterback, but "when."  The thought of another player at quarterback other than Brady is a tough pill to swallow but a scenario that would eventually come.  It has and Brady is now in Tampa Bay and New England is left searching for the next man up. 

If the Patriots select Eason, he would have a quick connection to Foxboro.  He would be the second quarterback with the last name of Eason to lead the Patriots, however Jacob is not Tony Eason’s son.  Well at least not the former Patriots quarterback Tony Eason.  Eason is the son of former Notre Dame wide receiver Tony Eason.  Please stay with me here, it’ll get easier. 

The other Eason played for the Patriots from 1983-1989 and led the Patriots to their first ever Super Bowl.  That Super Bowl the Patriots were absolutely demolished by the Chicago Bears, but now is not the time or place to go over that game.  Eason was the Patriots first round draft choice in the 1983 draft, selected 15th overall.  Eason would appear in 72 games for the Patriots, 49 as a starter, with 1984 being one of his best seasons.  He completed 259 out of 431 passes (60.1%) for 3,228 yards and a passer rating of 93.4, which was third best in the NFL.

While no relation, Jacob, would be a good selection for the Patriots.  The Patriots would have a strong-armed quarterback who could air the ball out to wide receiver N’Keal Harry and dump the ball over the middle to slot receiver Julian Edelman.  The 2020 NFL Draft is loaded with talent at quarterback and, like Reiss said, it’s not a matter of if the Patriots select a quarterback this week, it’s when. 

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