Jacob Eason — In Round 2?

April 2nd, 2020

Bucs legend Rondé Barber says he would not be surprised if Tampa Bay selects a quarterback in Round 2 or Round 3 of the draft in three short weeks.

A former NFL quarterback believes the Bucs might be wise to grab Jacob Eason as he falls to Round 2.

Joe has heard the big-armed Washington QB compared to Brock Osweiler, Carson Palmer and Ryan Mallett.

Former NFL QB Brady Quinn, a host on SiriusXM NFL Radio, broke down the Eason film and sees a player who needs time and work after starting just one year in the last two, but Quinn also sees a quality second-round pick for the Bucs that also could be an excellent fit in New Orleans and Atlanta, if the Falcons are leery of Matt Ryan’s longevity.

Eason has “a more refined ability to not only anticipate but throw with touch, which was demonstrated in that [Oregon-Washington] game compared this counterpart in Justin Herbert, who I thought was having a hard time dropping footballs into certain windows,” Quinn said.

Quinn loves Eason’s cannon arm but says he’s got progression issues, pocket-presence immaturity and his work against the blitz needs help.

He charted at a sub-50 percent completion rate against the blitz, Quinn said, and that’s not good enough in a lesser conference like Pac-12 football.

“He can be a great fit there in Bruce Arians’ system when you factor in you get the arm strength, you get a guy that can sit and learn behind Tom Brady, and then be in a system that really utilizes his arm strength to push the ball down field,” Quinn said.

Joe is all for investing heavily in a rookie QB. Pick the right guy and nobody will regret it.

Will Eason fall to the Bucs in Round 2? It’s doubtful, but Quinn is a guy who knows about plummeting draft stock.

53 Responses to “Jacob Eason — In Round 2?”

  1. ModHairKen Says:

    Eason couldn’t beat our Fromm at Georgia, and Fromm is awful. Why would they waste a pick on him? Get Jalen Hurts. Much more upside and has played in big games.

  2. Bird Says:

    It depends on how it plays out

    If one of the top tackles is there you go tackle in a heart beat
    Then draft your running back in second although not sure where running back for LSU rated (would be my rb)

    If one of top tackles not there…trade back in first and pick up extra second and still get a running back …draft designated right tackle…and late second maybe used on a QB

    Arians will know if this kid has it …well i should say ..has it from watching film cause there will be no pro days with travel restrictions before draft. Scouts better do their homework.

  3. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Oh yeah, now we’re cooking with gas!

  4. Buczilla Says:

    Getting a young qb should be a priority, but I’m not sure that this guy is the answer. Spending a second round pick on a guy that has put very little on tape doesn’t sound like the smartest plan. Plus, what he did put out there wasn’t anything special. I’d rather have Hurts or Fromm if they last until the third round. We can get a bada$$ running back with that second round pick.

  5. Leighroy Says:

    Eason had one of the most OMG throws I’ve ever seen while still at UGA. Most people don’t remember it bc Tennessee threw a Hail Mary immediately after to win. But Eason threw a 47 yard rope to his guy in stride at the pylon for what seemed like a game winning score w 10 seconds.

    The guy has an arm, but drafting a QB in the second round likely means not drafting a RB to help this all-in this year campaign. Anyone want to trade Edwards-Helaire for a developmental QB?

  6. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Not happening. At #14 if they want him. He’s 1st rounder

  7. martinii Says:

    Eason seems to settle in the last half of the 1st RD according to many. But even if he falls to 2 I like Hurts far more because of his versatility. Imagine him in the Wildcat taking some of the load off Brady. If Tom Terrific goes down (God Forbid), Hurts would be a good field manager having played in a large venue in college. Might get him in the 3rd RD.

  8. Easy Says:


  9. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Don’t know what round Perry from navy goes but he’s a player! And sleeper pick. Return, 3rd down back?

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I guess I’d be okay with Eason, if he fell to the 4th Round.

  11. geno711 Says:

    Two most things to look at for a college quarterback is did he win and did he show a lot of accuracy. I think his arm strength is great but this guy feels more like a projection than anything else. BA likes high production guys not some mythical he will fit a deep passing system.

  12. jason light Says:

    How is that possible our 2 is going to washington

  13. Allbuccedup Says:

    OT or RB in the first two rounds. You have got Brady for at least two years draft Nate Stanley or James Morgan in the 4th round to sit and learn.

  14. Matt Says:

    Lots of negative press came out about Eason around the combine with how arrogant he is but then you see him throwing in drills against all the other prospects and see how massive he is and how he is a man amongst boys. It is very very concerning he got beat out by Fromm but if Eason makes it to New England or the Saints LOOKOUT!

    I would rather us build the trenches in the first couple of rounds this year. What I think will effect us this year will be the fact that we’re stuck with Mj Stewart and Ryan Smith who are very limited in their skill sets and then Justin Evans’ health situation is all living on too much hope and we’re stuck with these guys with the hope it will all work out. We found out last year that we are an injury away from disaster in that secondary. All this confusion and uncertainty ties up a lot of roster spots.

    Taking into consideration the secondary situation we have to make an honest assessment and decision on Ryan Griffin this year since we can I’ll-afford a 3rd QB on the roster. Is he our backup? Can we trust him in a game? It appears like we can’t and he’s not the future. This is a perfect situation to develop a young QB and I think we’re holding onto Griffin as insurance for a situation where the guy we’re targeting in the draft isn’t there. Nate Stanley would be an incredible fit and worth a shot longer term but if TB12 goes down this year we’ll need something with more certainty.

  15. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    My thoughts:

    • As usual, a player we don’t expect falls to us us n the first round. I was hoping that would be Tua, but reports of him getting healthier may prevent that. Maybe it will be a tackle.

    • I have been wanting Jacob Eason in the second round from the start. You know who else he is like? Tom Brady coming out of college. Compare the scout reports.

    • Trading up into the bottom of the first would add a 5th year to a picks contract. At quarterback, given Tom will be starting the next year or two, would that be a worthwhile consideration?

    • We absolutely need a QB no later than the second round. Even if we have to slightly reach. It doesn’t have to be Eason. Hurts is an option, but I’m not sold on him.

    • I could be wrong about the second round thing. The Bucs interviewed a QB at the combine, one predicted to go later. I forget his name, but rumors are out there that Arians liked him. I’ll research to find his name and post it, maybe to my draft wishlist if I like him.

    • Waaaay back before we drafted Winston, I was against it. I wanted Mariota back then. About 85% of you people who were here back then wanted Winston. I say d back then that taking Winston would mean a lot of turnovers.

    Once we took him, I supported him. I grew to like him. We’ll never know if things would have turned out better if we’d taken Mariota. Different teams, different coaches…Mariota may have shined…or not.

    So forgive me if I see a bunch of fans wanting Hurts and disagree. I’ll watch some of his games…who knows? I might change my mind on him.

    I am totally sold on Tua and Jacob Eason though.

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    jason light Says
    “How is that possible our 2 is going to washington”

    Since when?

  17. adam from ny Says:

    jake eason……..grab the mofo

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    I like Hurts….he checks all the boxes. Parcells had a formula about drafting QBs…they had to be seniors, captains, won at a high level and accurate with low turnovers. Hurts has the “grit” factor….when Alabama didn’t work out, he went to Oklahoma and rose to the top again. He’s a grinder….if you sit him, let him learn, he’ll be a Dak Prescott type at a minimum.

    I’m intrigued by Eason….but his production in pressure situations is a major red flag. I just don’t think guys change drastically in certain areas at this stage of their football careers. Winston is a great example….he’s been turnover prone since college….everyone saw it. When he got to the pros….it was magnified. But I like either of those guys to develop. Time will tell.

  19. Bradinator Says:

    I like Eason. Her needs time to develop, and he’ll have it. RB class is deep, so not really a necessity to draft RB in rnd 2.

  20. Bradinator Says:

    PS for a later rnd QB I like the Morgan kid from FIU.

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    Some JBFers remind me of taking kids to the toy store. All you hear is ‘I want this, I want that’. Bucs have about enough salary Cap $$$ left to buy a quality backup QB & a quality veteran Safety … we NEED BOTH to make a run for the playoffs.

    That leaves the draft for us to fill in our remaining starting & key rotational HOLES. Key players who filled those roles last year who a MISSING right now are Dotson (RT), Barber (RB), Perriman (WR#3), Allen (DT) and Nassib (OLB/DL). That’s FIVE players we NEED to pick up in the draft who’ll be expected to play key roles for us this year. We could also use to pick up another RB since we’re not exactly well-stocked in that department.

    Personally I expect our 1st & 2nd Rnd picks to start, and I’m HOPEFUL that our 3rd & 4th Rnd picks can be key rotational guys. No room in there for a rookie QB who’ll sit all year and watch Tom Brady toss the rock around. We’ll be in much better shape next year to spend a 1st or 2nd on a future QB. The old saying ‘Keep the first thing first’ seems to work. FOCUS our draft on guys who’ll help us THIS YEAR … RT, RB, DL, WR then double up on DL & RB or something similar.

  22. Matt Says:

    Why did my Post get flagged for moderation then deleted!?! Wow, ok I’ll stop visiting and posting here then.

  23. Matt Says:

    And now it’s there! Thanks Joe!!💪💪👌

    Yes, realistically we need to trade back to fully retool unless we do some contract restructuring to free up space this year to sign these looming cap casualties. If big 4 tackles or Kinlaw not there trade back and load up on draft picks.

    Boy is Clowney’s value plummeting!!? There are a lot of talented free agents still available right now, we’ll load up once true market values surface on these free agents. Sports revenues will decline rapidly even after this coronavirus issue settles and we need to continue to be careful to not over-extend our future cap situation.

    I really do think Anthony Nelson will be as good as if not better than Nassib this year! That really was one helluva draft last year boys!!!

  24. TheBradyBunch Says:

    DR – thank you for common sense. These posters are ridiculous. We are in win now mode and they better not waste an early pick on some scrub QB like Eason. We need to draft players that will play immediately.

    Bruce B – read a mock, there are lots of them out there. Nobody thinks Eason will be drafted in the first round.

  25. LordCornelius Says:

    I don’t think it’d be that shocking if he fell to R2 considering 4 QBs are projected to go ahead of him and we just saw a FA QB market where there wasn’t a huge need at QB

    I wouldn’t be surprised if he fell to R3 even given the market, but he seems like a R2 prospect.

    I am thinking we are going to target a QB R4ish but who knows

  26. SKBucsFan Says:

    From will be available in around 3. He is a young Brady with a quick release, good football sense. Ya. He prone to forcing it, but he would actually get two years to learn from the GOAT. Licht has made worse picks in earlier rounds.

  27. TOM Says:

    First off not a big fan of Hurts or Love for that matter. To me Eason will not go in the 1st rd. If he’s there in 2nd something to consider. Morgan or Fromm in the 4th or 5th rd.

  28. Pa Privateer Says:

    I like Jalen Hurts better

  29. Ndog Says:

    The fact that we are doing this AGAIN is just nauseating, and frankly stupid. But whatever, I say F it just load up to win it all now don’t draft some guy that’s not going to help us this year. Let’s deal with this once Brady is gone.

  30. NDog is an idiot Says:

    Late round QB like Morgan/FIU or Stanley/Iowa. Too many line needs in first several rounds. Just watched Fitzpatrick W Miami beat the Pats replay. Best QB we’ve had in last 10 plus years, but he sat the pine for most of his tenure with us.

  31. Adrnagy Says:

    Drafting a qb means we will have 4 QB .. makes no sense.
    I can see licht covering his a** and drafting one. Bruce doesn’t give a sh**t about drafting a QB he wants to win and retire.

    And all you think Eason is like Brady are drinking water from the toilet.

    Haeg was signed to play tackle. So get off on drafting OT.

  32. Craig Says:

    Eason is a reach in the first round and there are better looking pro prospects out there.

    Trade down in 1 and get at free range safety because there are only four or five in this draft.

    With the extra pick in 2 get a RT and a RB

    3: QB, Morgan, Stanley or Gordon all have more potential than Eason.

    4: IDL and O-line backup.

  33. SteveK Says:

    Go Bucs!

    Go draft a QB!

    Get s guy to sit for 2-3 years and learn from the best, coached by the best, to ball out with a dynamic TD/Turnover Ratio.

  34. stpetebucsfan Says:

    It seems everybody here has written off Blaine Gabbert. Isn’t he locked up for a cheap salary. Hasn’t BA already spoken well of him in the past. BA may feel quite comfortable with him even though JBF posters do not.

    His major sin was being selected 10th overall…sets the bar VERY high in terms of expecations. He went to a crappy Jags team and struggled his first two years.

    But in 2015 for the Niners…he started 8 games…went 3-5..completing 63% of his passes for over 2000 yards…10 TDS and 7 ints. Those are not great numbers but he was not playing for a great team. With the Bucs D he could have reversed those won loss #’s to 5-3.

    Not sayin’ he’s awesome….but servicable as a backup…why not…IF Brady goes down as with any NFL starting QB more than likely the season goes with him.
    Gabbert and our D might buy some time however.

  35. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I’m totally on board with Brady….and compared to Belichek he seems nice enough…but not really all that nice.

    Tom Brady is not coming here to coach our next QB…he will have ONE focus..WINNING…and the future is now. He’s not going out of his way to mentor another young QB…it seems he has ZERO interest in ever coaching. Why should we expect him to “teach” a young QB when he is here to win a SB?

  36. stpetebucsfan Says:

    OK…I can admit when I’m wrong. Apparently last post was the result of rampant misconceptions which Garappolo corrected after this season.

    “We were a tight crew,” Garoppolo told reporters, via NESN.com. “That quarterback room was a lot of fun to be in. We all kept each other on our toes, bust each other up a little bit. It was all in good spirit. We’d keep each other honest and I love those guys.”

    And though there was a healthy level of competition, there was never any unhealthy animosity, according Garoppolo. Brady and his backups got along just fine despite reports of dysfunction.


    Apparently my last post was nothing more than rumor. At least this gives me a chance to correct that.

  37. Oneilbucs Says:

    Who ever we draft a the quarterback position we have to developed him . By giving him a running game and being a balance offense .

  38. Buc50 Says:

    Fromm was horrible last year and this guy is worse. If you don’t pick a QB in the first or second, then you might as well wait until next year. Not impressed with this class at all.

  39. TheBradyBunch Says:

    StPete you are correct. Also he has mentored numerous young QBs and to the best of my knowledge none of them really did anything in this league. He came here to win without Bill as his coach. I am sure he couldn’t care less about what happens with some scrub 4th or 5th rounder who has a ceiling of being a career backup.

  40. Swampbuc Says:

    Please no. Take a QB in round 6. That dude from FIU looks like a good one to study under Brady.

  41. 541BucsFan Says:

    We can pick up a developmental QB later in the draft. OT, RB, S should the priorities. Win now.

  42. Joe in Michigan Says:

    It really makes little sense to take a QB in the 1st or 2nd this year, IMHO. Get guys that’ll be productive in 2020. I don’t think Eason is that good of a prospect, anyway, again IMHO.

  43. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Actually I was WRONG about Brady and young QBs. Posted a piece but linked it and that was probably illegal…whatever that post isn’t going to show.

    There had been lots of talk about the relationship between Brady and Garappolo.
    Lots of rumors which I unfortunately fell for.

    In Feb of this year Garappolo gave an interview to the NE Media totally blowing that up. In a locker room that also included Jacoby Brisset at one point Jimmy G said they ALL got along great..lots of friendly competitive banter but never any dissension.

    So perhaps Brady can be the mentor…Jimmy G certainly thinks so,

  44. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Interesting Pairing

    QB Tom Brady & QB Anthony Gordon

    Both Grew Up In San Mateo County
    • Tom Brady – Juniper High School
    • Anthony Gordon – Terra Nova High School

    Neither Quarterback had at on offers coming out of High School.
    After being Ranked in the Top 6 at their position in the State.

  45. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Anthony Gordon -The Grind is Real

  46. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Neither Quarterback had at *an offers coming out of High School

  47. jjbucfan Says:

    Mod Hair absolutely!! right out of the gate!! Hurts in the 3rd round- RB we cannot pass over the next Kamara (Clyde or Akers) again- This has been missing from the Bucs since Warrick Dunn and early Cadillac

  48. stpetebucsfan Says:


    This is why we all luvs ya here and especially around draft time. I’m not as wel read as some guys but I generally get the draft biggies…Walter Football..NFL..CBS etc. But I never find the incredible nuggets you bring to the party!!!

    I was clearly mistaken about Brady’s ability to get along with his young backup QB’s and this guy might even elicit and even more dare I say it….”fatherly” approach for the reasons you just laid out.

    So LUV…when do you release your first mock. Many of us here at JBF would very much look forward to that.

  49. Hodad Says:

    Kinlaw, Kinlaw, how about D. Brown falling to us? He could take Allen’s place, and what an upgrade. One mock has us taking him.

  50. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    If you watch a lot of college football, Jacob Eason is not the answer. He does have a cannon for an arm, but he’s not accurate. Sound familiar? I agree that Jalen Hurts would be a nice pick in the 3rd round. Fromm is not the answer either.

  51. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    I was thinking the same thing concerning the pairing of the two.
    Especially since they both share so many similarities growing up in San Mateo.

    Also thank you for the kind words bredren
    I’ll make sure I drop something soon.

  52. Bucs Guy Says:

    Heck no!!! We don’t need to draft a QB in 2020. Fill the other holes first. Draft a QB in the 1st rd in 2021. Sitting behind Brady for one year is sufficient, assuming Brady doesn’t come back.

  53. WestChap Says:

    I bought into the whole QB of the future to learn from the GOAT… but then woke up and realized we’re all in baby! QB before Day 3 is malpractice given the mission is to win 1-2 SBs right now.