Today I am going to take a look at the final two underclassman QBs on my initial prospect list. These two are each intriguing in their own ways. Let’s take a preliminary look at Jacob Eason and Sam Ehlinger.
Jacob Eason, Jr, Washington
Games Watched: (2016) Vanderbilt, Kentucky
Eason started as a true freshman at Georgia. He struggled at times but you could see the potential oozing from his pores. After an injury early in the 2017 season, Eason was replaced by Jake Fromm and never regained the job. He transferred to Washington (near his hometown) and sat out the 2018 season due to NCAA rules. Eason is expected to replace Jake Browning under center for the Huskies this year.
So, the main issue with Eason is that he hasn’t taken a meaningful snap in nearly two years. He needs to show that he can quickly shake the rust off.
Out of all of the quarterbacks, I have studied so far, Eason easily has the strongest arm. He can put it where he wants when he wants. Eason gets through his progressions seamlessly. For the most part, Eason is accurate with the football. He does struggle with his deep ball placement at times. Eason’s footwork is top notch. He does a good job sliding and stepping up in the pocket. Eason is not going to make many plays with his feet outside of the pocket.
Tape Score (Preliminary): 8.8
Production Score (Preliminary): 6
Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 6.18
Sam Ehlinger, Jr, Texas
Games Watched: (2018) Southern Cal, Oklahoma
Ehlinger finally got a firm grasp on the Longhorns starting job in 2018. He, in turn, led Texas to a Sugar Bowl win over Georgia.
Ehlinger has average arm strength. However, it doesn’t get him in trouble. Ehlinger does an okay job getting through his reads. The best part of his game is his ball placement. Ehlinger does a tremendous job while throwing on the run. He is a hell of an athlete. Ehlinger does a great job picking up yardage with his feet. Unfortunately, his footwork gets away from him when throwing the ball at times.
Tape Score (Preliminary): 7.4
Production Score (Preliminary): 8
Preliminary Score (Minus Athletic Testing): 5.88
On our next journey during the QB voyage, we will start looking at the senior class of quarterbacks.