3 Most Likely NFL Teams to Target Jacob Eason in the 2020 NFL Draft
With a rocket arm, solid accuracy and above-average mobility, Washington quarterback Jacob Eason checks nearly every box when it comes to quarterback traits. And after a good NFL Combine performance, it's likely that he'll rise up draft boards as we inch closer to the 2020 NFL Draft.
While the physical tools and potential are clearly there, starting in an NFL game may not be in the former Husky's immediate future. However, there are a few teams around the league that could use a developmental signal-caller to compete for a starting job a little down the road.
With that in mind, here are the three most likely teams to draft Jacob Eason.
3. Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford trade rumors have been swirling around this offseason and while the Lions have said that they're still fully committed to their long-time franchise signal-caller, drafting a quarterback may still be in the organization's best interest. Detroit currently has Jeff Driskell and David Blough behind Stafford on the depth chart, both of whom struggled when called into action last season and went a combined 0-8 down the stretch. Eason would provide a huge upgrade behind Stafford on the depth chart and with a little development, he could become the Lions' starter down road should the organization move on from the latter.
2. New England Patriots
The New England Patriots could be without a franchise signal-caller for the first time since 2001 should Tom Brady leave in free agency. However, even if Brady does return to the only organization he's ever known, the Pats should still consider drafting a developmental quarterback to groom under Brady. With impressive accuracy and an absolute cannon for an arm, Eason has all the physical traits necessary to succeed at the next level. And with Brady mentoring him on the mental aspects of the game, he could make a serious run at the starting job once Brady calls it a career.
1. Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings head into 2020 with quarterback Kirk Cousins heading into the final year of his three-year, $84 million contract. While Cousins has been good in his time in Minnesota, the organization doesn't seem to be in a rush to extend his contract any time soon. If the Vikings are planning to part ways with Cousins at the end of the season, selecting a signal-caller in this year's draft would be an ideal move. Sitting for a year would be a great way for Eason to learn the nuances of the professional game before being first in line for a crack at the Vikings' starting job in 2021.
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