The easy comparison here is Matthew Stafford. I don’t believe Eason quite has the arm strength that Stafford has, but I do believe he might be a little more mobile. There were times when Eason did a great job of eluding tackles, while continuing to look down field to find an open receiver. Eason has a tendency to make that “Stafford like” side arm throw, and occasionally throw off his back foot, but he was able to make it work. When given time to throw, Eason showed he was very mechanically sound, and showed great footwork in the pocket.
Again, the arm strength is good, but the accuracy is what really stood out to me. Eason threw a few balls to guys who were double covered, but his accuracy beat the coverage. He was able to hit open guys in stride, hit covered guys in the perfect spot, hit guys on the run over the middle; he also showed he can throw guys open when they were covered. Film from his Junior season showed he made every kind of throw at one point during the season. He throws a nice deep ball, but it’s not perfect. He can zip the ball into tight coverage, and can put some touch on his throw when throwing over a linebacker.
The one question I had about him was how mobile he was. He’s not a burner, but he showed he has the ability not only to elude sacks in the backfield, but he can tuck it and run when he has an opening. He doesn’t have the mobility of Murray or Shockley, but I think he can make more plays with his feet than Stafford (who had some success on the ground at times), Greene, or Mason did.
Again I’m no expert, but it seems to me that Eason has all the tools to be another great UGA QB. He has the accuracy, the strength, the mechanics, everything you look for and more. The one thing I want to see is how well he can receive the ball under center. In high school every play was from a shotgun formation, so Eason will have to learn how to correctly get the ball from under center, and continue to work on his footwork and drop back. Again, throwing off his back foot will get him into trouble at times, but I believe that is something every QB must adjust too.
Overall, Eason looks like a guy who can have a Stafford kind of impact in Athens. Ramsey will be a redshirt Junior in Eason’s first year, and Jacob Park will be a redshirt Sophomore, so I don’t believe Eason will be asked to play immediately, which will only help him in the long run. The talent is there, but don’t expect him to break the records, or even come close to breaking some of Murray’s career records. As a QB prospect though, they don’t get much better than Jacob Eason.
Weaknesses (Areas for Improvement):
Experience under center
Forcing balls into coverage