The 2020 NFL Draft is a few weeks away, and LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is all but certain to go No. 1. The first round is expected to see at least four quarterbacks picked, including Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, and Jordan Love. There is always a chance we could see a surprise, but it’s a decent bet the first round is just that four.
The question then becomes who could be a sleeper in the draft worth waiting into day two or day three. ESPN’s Todd McShay posted his latest 2020 NFL mock draft and went into the second round this time around. He has the four above going in the first round, although he is on the short list of people who think Love goes before Herbert.
In the second round, McShay has one quarterback selected. He projects the Pittsburgh Steelers to pick Washington’s Jacob Eason with the 49th overall pick. He said Eason has development to do, but loves his raw arm strength and “terrific measurables.” The Steelers got to see what Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges could do, and it’s clear they’re not the long-term options when Ben Roethlisberger eventually retires. A year behind Roethlisberger makes a lot of sense for any developmental prospect.
Eason could be the fifth QB off the board, but Georgia’s Jake Fromm is worth watching. The wild card might be Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts. He’s a dual threat who scouts see as showing some improvement in his accuracy that could lend himself to a developmental role initially. It only takes one team falling in love with a prospect to shoot him up the draft board, and Hurts could be that guy.