Colts draft possible QB of future Eason at No. 122

  • Previously worked at Indianapolis Star, covering the Indiana Pacers for nine seasons
  • Also covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press

INDIANAPOLIS — The Colts selected quarterback University of Washington quarterback Jacob Eason in the fourth round (No. 122 overall) of the NFL draft on Saturday.

Eason was just the fifth quarterback taken in the draft behind Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert, Jordan Love and Jalen Hurts.

Finding a quarterback of the future was something the Colts had to address at some point because Philip Rivers, Jacoby Brissett and Chad Kelly will all be free agents at the end of the 2020 season. Colts general manager Chris Ballard said during his pre-draft news conference and reiterated again on Friday night that they were not going to force the issue in selecting a quarterback in the draft.

But having Eason, who some projected as a possible first-round pick, still available in the fourth round was an opportunity the Colts couldn’t pass up. He’ll have the opportunity to sit and learn from Rivers, who his headed into his 17th season, in 2020.

There’s also the possibility that Eason could be the primary backup quarterback next season with Brissett’s status with the team up the air after he struggled as Andrew Luck’s replacement last season.

Eason, who transferred to Washington after spending his first two years at Georgia, threw for 3,332 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season with the Huskies.

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