Jacob Eason didn’t win the game but he won the battle vs. Justin Herbert as the Washington quarterback elevated his NFL Draft stock vs. a great defense.
In one of the more high-profile games of the Week 8 slate, the No. 12 Oregon Ducks found a way to win on the road vs. their Pac-12 North rival in the No. 25 Washington Huskies, 35-31. This win almost guarantees that the Ducks will represent the Pac-12 North in the upcoming Pac-12 Championship. That being said, both quarterbacks played very well, especially Jacob Eason.
Eason completed 23-of-30 passes for 289 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He averaged a strong 9.6 yards per attempt, including a beautiful 48-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Jordan Chin on a play-action fake. It was the type of throw NFL franchise quarterbacks make to lead their respective teams to victory. Eason now has that on tape.
At 6-foot-6 and 227 pounds, Eason has the frame and the arm talent to be an elite quarterback in the NFL. He drew a ton of comparisons to former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford coming out of high school. If that is Eason’s NFL ceiling, then he’s absolutely worth a top-10 pick in the first round of either of the next two NFL Drafts.
Eason could enter the 2020 NFL Draft as a redshirt junior. However, he only has a year and change worth of starting experience at the college level: 2016 at Georgia as a true freshman and 2019 as a redshirt junior at Washington. Usually, the best NFL prospects have more than one year of tape and experience before entering the draft. Eason may still need that.
There are plenty of signal-callers who could garner first-round attention in this upcoming NFL Draft. Eason is one of roughly half a dozen that fit the mold, including his former Georgia teammate Fromm and Oregon starting quarterback Justin Herbert. Eason will have a decision to make if he does leave Seattle after this season. He can stay, but should he go?
Putting together a solid season from start to finish with a Pac-12 Championship and a Rose Bowl appearance would be spectacular for him in 2020. That being said, if he garners a top-10 pick by a desperate quarterback team, his talent is undeniable and Eason is more than capable of learning on the fly at the professional level. His game against Oregon is a testament to that.