The New England Patriots are one of few teams that should feel comfortable at quarterback. They have a player named Tom Brady who is arguably the best quarterback of all-time and has six Super Bowl championships. The only problem is that Brady turned 42 years old in August.

Brady is still playing at an extremely high level, but that has not stopped the Patriots from drafting quarterbacks in four of the last six seasons. It began with Jimmy Garoppolo in the second round in 2014 then Jacoby Brissett in the third round two years later. New England used a seventh round pick in 2018 on Danny Etling and most recently selected Jarrett Stidham in the fourth round. Will they make it three years in a row?

If the Patriots decide to go for the hat trick, Washington product Jacob Eason could be an intriguing name to watch. He has all the physical tools. Eason is a 6-foot-6 pocket quarterback. He can stand tall in the pocket and deliver strikes to his receivers. Eason possesses exceptional arm talent led by his accuracy and velocity.

Despite the changing of the position with quarterbacks like Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray, teams still gravitate towards a big, strong armed, pocket passer — especially in New England.

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Is Eason Destined for New England?

Of the Patriots’ last four quarterback selections, Garoppolo was taken the highest. New England was forced to move him because his stock was extremely high. Also, Brady was not ready to hang his cleats up just yet. If they want to land Eason, they might have to jump up in the first round to select him.

Eason has thrown for 2,678 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He has recently rocketed up draft boards with many teams in need of a passer. Eason is not a finished product which should attract New England. No one knows how much time Brady has left. Sitting behind Brady would be extremely beneficial to a young player like Eason. It would allow him to sit back, study, learn, and perfect his craft. Quarterbacks are often rushed into a starting role, which can hurt them as much as help.

Right now, Brady’s replacement is not on New England’s roster. They will be picking near the bottom of the draft once again in 2020. If Eason is on the board, he could very well end up in New England. If not, do not be surprised if the Patriots make a move to slide into the top of the second round.