What Are the Indianapolis Colts Getting in Jacob Eason?
Eason fell to the fourth round, which isn't too surprising, but FanDuel Sportsbook had him slated at an over/under at 52.5. Eason enters 2020 behind Philip Rivers and Jacoby Brissett and is a long-term investment for the Colts. Let's take a look at Eason's history and what this draft pick means for the Colts.
Eason's College Journey
Eason was a transfer from Georgia and played well in his final season at Washington. Eason was ranked as a five-star prospect and the No. 4 overall recruit in the 2016 class by 247Sports and started 12 games as a true freshman in 2016 at Georgia. He was impressive, tossing 16 touchdowns to 8 interceptions on a 55% completion percentage.
He suffered a knee injury as a sophomore that limited him to five games before he opted to transfer to Washington. As a junior at Washington, Eason's numbers rose to a 64.2% completion percentage, and he threw for 3,132 yards with 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. One impressive part of his game was that when he had a clean pocket at Washington, Eason threw for 2,742 yards, 20 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, per PFF.
He's also a mountain of a quarterback at 6-foot-6 and 231-pounds and has the arm strength to go with it. He simply never asserted himself as one of the top quarterbacks in college football, but with only 26 games as a starter for two different universities, Eason still has time to figure it out.
Eason's Future Fantasy Impact
With Rivers and Brissett ahead of him, Eason's fantasy football value is non-existent right now, and the best-case scenario for him is likely competing for the starting job once Rivers leaves town, which could happen after 2020 as Rivers is on a one-year deal.
Eason will have targets to throw to in Indianapolis in Day 2 draft picks Michael Pittman and Jonathan Taylor. This trio of rookies could prosper into the future of the Colts' offense, but Pittman and Taylor have a much better shot to get on the field in 2020 than Eason does.