There’s a possibility Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is all in on incumbent quarterback Derek Carr. Even so, it would be wise to look at some quarterback prospects after the first round in April’s draft. In particular, here’s a few prospects who might be available after the first round.
This past weekend at the Senior Bowl, many quarterback prospects were on hand to display their talents. Whether the Raiders will actually pull the trigger on a quarterback is open for debate. However, what’s not debatable is that there’s an impressive group of potential late round prospects to be had.
We’ve seen what Nathan Peterman and DeShone Kizer bring to the table and it’s not much. It’s also entirely plausible the Raiders develop a young signal caller behind Carr. Whether the organization is looking for a potential replacement or because it’s crucial to have a quality backup, they owe it themselves to check out these players.
Jacob Eason, 6-foot-6, 227 pounds, Washington
After leading the Washington Huskies to a victory over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Eason declared for the NFL draft.
“After contemplating my future with my family and coaches, I have decided to forego my fifth year of college and enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The opportunity to play quarterback in the NFL has been a lifelong dream, and my heart is set on the challenge ahead.”
Eason has potential franchise quarterback written all over him, and Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports put it best when he said Eason will draw comparisons to Carson Palmer and Matthew Stafford. Eason’s college stat line in his final season was impressive; completing 64.2 percent of his passes, 3,132 passing yards, and 23 touchdowns with only eight interceptions.
This throw by Jacob Eason… pic.twitter.com/sKaIWmw7dv
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 21, 2019
Potentially a quarterback who could thrive in a vertical offense with the uncanny ability to anticipate throws with the arm confidence to back it up. If he’s there in the third round or if the Raiders brass moves into the second round, Eason has to be the pick.