Washington’s Jacob Eason Struggling At NFL Combine?
Is Washington’s Jacob Eason struggling at the NFL Combine? Heading into this week, the Huskies star was widely regarded as a possible first round pick.
LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa are obviously considered the crème de la crème of the 2020 NFL Draft quarterback class.
Then comes Oregon’s Justin Herbert. After those three, however, is an interesting group featuring guys like Eason and Utah State’s Jordan Love.
This week, Todd McShay appeared on a Thursday edition of NFL Live on ESPN and noted that Eason was not living up to expectations at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine.
“I saw him live against BYU,” he said. “And it was one of the best quarterbacked performances I saw live all season long. He has it in him.
“Then I studied the tape of his last five games, and it was up and down, up and down — inconsistent. Then I talked to a couple of people I really trust with quarterbacks in the last 48 hours, and the meetings are not going well.”
At that point, the ESPN draft expert compared Eason’s situation to that of former Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.
Fromm, of course, is notable for being the reason why Eason was forced to leave the Bulldogs and head out West to Washington.
“You look at Jake Fromm with Georgia,” McShay said.
“He sent Jacob Eason packing to the West Coast because Fromm was smarter, he was better in the room, and he was more consistent with what he was doing in terms of running the offense.”
In McShay’s estimation, Fromm’s future is looking just a little bit brighter right now than Eason’s.
“These are polar opposite players,” he argued.
“Fromm does everything right. He’s going to be a great backup quarterback, maybe he’ll develop into a starter, he’s going to be exceptional in the room, he’s going to do all the work you need.
“Eason is a wild card. He’s got the big stature, he’s got the big arm, but the rest of it, I don’t know what I’m buying.”
When pressed on what negative things he had heard about Eason, McSha said it really came down to being “too comfortable” and thinking “that he owned the room.” Moreover, Eason “doesn’t understand the magnitude of all this,” insists McShay.
Will any of this actually hurt Eason’s place in the draft? That remains to be seen.
On paper, he has a lot of the attributes pro teams are looking for. He stands at six-foot-six and has completed 60 percent of his passes for 5,590 yards, 39 touchdowns and 16 picks.
Will that earn him a selection in the first round? We are about two months away from getting our answer once and for all.