As the Bucs figure out what they want to do with quarterback Jameis Winston, here’s a potential wildcard option through the NFL draft: Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.
“Teams are literally all over the map (on Eason),” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said Friday during a teleconference with reporters. “I talked to a team yesterday that has him as the second quarterback in the draft. There’s teams that really, really like Eason. Then you’ve got teams that have concerns.”
It’s unclear where the Bucs fall on that spectrum and how they view Eason compared to other prospects, like Utah State’s Jordan Love or Jake Fromm, who supplanted Eason as the starter at Georgia.
“When I watch him, I see the big arm…” Jeremiah said. “There’s a lot of ability with him.”
Specifically, Jeremiah liked how Eason played in a 35-31 loss to Oregon, when Eason finished 23-of-30 for 289 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions against the eventual Pac-12 champions.
But Jeremiah has concerns, too. Eason turns his back to the defense when he runs too often, and Jeremiah said Eason has been more of a pure thrower than a playmaker. Regardless, Jeremiah said he thinks Eason will go in the first two rounds.
Jeremiah also said teams are split on Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, a potential top-10 pick.
Jeremiah called the 5-7 spot in the draft “quarterback alley,” with two of the three top non-Joe Burrow passers going to either the Dolphins, Chargers or Panthers. The third would likely go somewhere between 12-14 in the Raiders/Colts/Bucs group.