The Indianapolis Colts selected QB Jacob Eason with the 122nd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. Eason was raised in Washington State and attended Lake Stevens High School. A prolific quarterback, Eason finished his high school career with 9,813 passing yards, 102 touchdowns and just 18 interceptions over 38 games. He left high school as the top ranked pro-style quarterback and best player overall in 2015. Eason considered offers from several teams, including Alabama, Miami and Colorado, before committing to Georgia.
Eason played 13 games as a freshman in Georgia and recorded 2,430 passing yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The Bulldogs finished with an 8-5 record and capped the 2016 season with a 31-23 win over the TCU Horned Frogs in the Liberty Bowl. Eason then injured his knee in the 2017 season opener. Jake Fromm took over and led Georgia to a 13-2 record that included a 26-23 OT loss to Alabama in the 2018 CFP National Championship game. Eason then transferred to Washington and was ineligible for one season.
Starting for the Huskies in 2019, Eason played 13 games and posted career high in passing yards (3,132) and touchdowns (23) with eight interceptions during his senior season. Mock drafts had Eason ranked anywhere from the fifth- to seventh-best quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft class. Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love were the top four. After that, there was debate between Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm and Eason as to who would be called next. Eason projects as a pocket passer and will be a work in progress at the start of his NFL career.
Eason is a slow-footed pocket passer with questionable upside when under duress. His ticket to success is his right arm while needing to improve his drop back, reads, and decision making. Defenses will attack him with the blitz, which closes his edge with his big arm. If given time to throw, Eason will challenge defenses at the second and third levels. He has no value with his legs.
Indianapolis Colts stats to know
- No Colts running back scored a receiving touchdown in 2019, and no back gained over 35 yards in the passing game.
- Indianapolis had only two completions over 40 yards (31st) while also ranking poorly in catches over 20 yards (38 – 30th).
- The Colts failed to score a passing TD in their final three games while passing for fewer than 200 yards in nine contests.
- T.Y. Hilton led the Indy in catches (45), which ranked 79th in the NFL.
- Over 14 games, Marlon Mack finished with his first year with over 1,000 rushing yards. Unfortunately, he gained about one-third of his yards in two games (25/174/1 and 29/132).
2019 stats (Senior; Washington): 3,132 pass yards, 23 TD, 8 INT (13 games)
2017 stats (Sophomore; Georgia): 28 pass yards (3 games)
2016 stats (Freshman; Georgia): 2,430 pass yards, 16 TD, 8 INT (13 games)
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