This is the upset of the draft in our scenario. The New England Patriots desperately need to find a successor to Tom Brady, and they luck into Justin Herbert. Many believe Herbert is a top-five pick, but here the Dolphins land Tua Tagovailoa and the Chargers fortify their line in front of Tyrod Taylor.
There is a wide range of beliefs on Herbert, with some feeling his stock is overvalue while others see a kid who improved dramatically last year at Oregon. The reality? Herbert has the physical build and arm to star in the NFL, but his inconsistency is a concern. A four-year starter for the Ducks, his completion rate dipped below 60 percent as a junior before rising to 66.8 percent last season.
With so many talented kids in this class, there’s going to be someone who falls. Perhaps it’s Herbert. However, if he gets to the Patriots here, the slide stops.
Drew Brees is 41 years old and the New Orleans Saints have arguably the best roster in the league. It’s time to look into the future.
General manager Mickey Loomis has long been walking a fine line with pushing money into the future. His cap sheet is going to be ugly soon, and he’ll need a way to keep the team competitive while swallowing some dead money. Best way to do that? Land a starting quarterback on a rookie deal.
Eason is raw, but he has a massive arm and a 6-foot-6 frame. He needs to be coached up and refined, but Sean Payton is an ideal candidate for the job. At Washington, Eason threw for 3,132 yards on 7.7 yards per attempt last year, with 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions.