TOP OF THE TOWN ‑ I don’t get it. Jacob Eason declaring for the draft doesn’t make a lot of sense. If it’s just about money, sure, I get it. But if it is based on playing time, I don’t get it. I have read a report that gives Eason the best arm of any quarterback who will be in the 2020 NFL Draft. That is better than Heisman winner Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jalen Hurts, Jake Fromm or Jordan Love or Washington State’s Anthony Gordon. That may be true. Eason throws hard and long. But there are two glaring weaknesses in Eason’s quarterbacking. He isn’t mobile. The trend in the pros is for quarterbacks who can run as well as pass. Think Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray. Or closer to home, Russell Wilson. The era of guys like Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck have come and gone. Drew Brees is the exception not the rule.  Eason’s mobility is an easy target for opponents because if they can pressure him he can’t escape and he’s not as efficient. In fact his efficiency drops off dramatically when he’s under the gun. His rocket of an arm can also be a weakness because he guns the ball hard whether it’s a 10-yard out or crossing pattern or a 50-yard post. He doesn’t have a touch pass. That’s what separates Brees from most.  He can feather it in to a receiver if there is a need to do that. Eason has not shown he can do that. I get it that Eason’s size, 6-6 and 230, attracts the pro scouts. I get it that he can throw the long bomb. But there is more to it than that. There is also a question of leadership. Can Eason command the huddle with men who are very mature? That is also questionable. In short, Eason would benefit from another year of college ball where he can be taught out of some of his weaknesses. Of course, if you are being offered millions to play it is hard to argue he should not go pro. But if all you will do is hold a clipboard along the sidelines, is that what you want?  That’s it for today.

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