Outlet projects UGA QB Jacob Eason No. 1 pick in 2019 NFL Draft
Georgia QB Jacob Eason had a promising true freshman season in 2016, but would that be enough to elevate him to No. 1 overall pick status?
With the retirement of Eli Manning looming, a recent mock by Walterfootball.com has Eason going first overall to the New York Giants in the 2019 draft.
Because 2019 is obviously too far away to make an educated guess at the specific draft order, Walter Football randomized the draft order. This led to the Giants having the first pick, and based on their need for a QB, they snagged Eason to be the heir apparent to Eli Manning.
Eason’s freshman season wasn’t eye-popping by its raw numbers, but his pure throwing motion, big arm and high football IQ for his age make him a tantalizing pro prospect. Though Georgia’s season certainly had some blemishes, Eason was able to keep his cool under a first-year head coach and behind a below average offensive line. He finished with 2,430 yards passing, 16 touchdowns and eight INTs.
NFL scouts and analysts love Eason’s prototypical pocket passer stature, strong arm and high ceiling, and this is the season he should start developing his raw talent. Should Eason take a big development step during his sophomore season, he could help lead the Dawgs to SEC contention and eventually earn himself a fat NFL payday in two seasons.
In addition to Eason, five other SEC players also appeared in the top 16 picks.
2. Johnah Williams, OT, Alabama (Chicago Bears)
5. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss (Kansas City Chiefs)
8. Drew Richmond, OT, Tennessee (Cleveland Browns)
9. Chauncey Gardner, CB, Florida (New York Jets)
13. Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M (Baltimore Ravens)