Jacob Eason – QB (Washington)
Another option worth the Vikings’ consideration at the quarterback position is Jacob Eason. His overbearing arm strength is going to make him someone to watch at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine.
Eason has a substantial amount of upside and he could emerge as a decent starter at the next level if he is given time to improve his mechanics and ability to go through his progressions. His 23 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season came with its fair share of bad plays as a result of his indecisions against formidable pass-rushers.
Eason is also over-reliant on his big arm and he would benefit from taking some of the heat off his passes on intermediate routes. Knowing that every ball doesn’t have to be a laser or a home run will hopefully come with more experience.
Minnesota has a proven starter in Kirk Cousins, so if they decide to draft Eason this year he will be brought along as a developmental project and one that could build his confidence gradually.
This could give him the best possible chance of making a successful transition to the NFL. His turnovers will need to be examined and rectified going forward to avoid further complications.
If Eason can do this, then there is no reason to suggest he won’t emerge as a good starting quarterback at the pro level.