Eason, 22, will go to a great spot to start his NFL career. With Philip Rivers tabbed as the team’s short-term starter, Eason will have a chance to sit for a year and learn from one of the best veteran passers in the game. On top of that, Eason will have a season to get familiar with Frank Reich’s offense.
Having a year to learn the ropes could have a significant impact on Eason, who only played 29 total games in college. After a promising freshman year at Georgia, Eason got hurt as a sophomore and lost his job to Jake Fromm. Eason then transferred to Washington, where he threw 23 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in 2019.
Because of that, it’s believed Eason will need some time to develop in the NFL. Our own Eric Edholm noted Eason’s tremendous arm as a huge asset, but said Eason must cut down on his poor decisions and develop a better sense of pressure to succeed in the NFL.
The move also puts last year’s Colts starter, Jacoby Brissett, in a tough spot. After starting 15 games last season, Brissett might be the team’s No. 3 quarterback now. The Colts could shop Brissett on the trade market to see if he can bring back a useful piece. Brissett threw for 18 touchdowns and 6 interceptions in 2019.
Despite being replaced by Fromm at Georgia, Eason went off the board first. At 122nd overall, Eason was the sixth quarterback to be selected in the 2020 NFL draft.
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