On Tuesday morning, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. revealed his second mock draft for the 2020 cycle. Unsurprisingly, the top two picks remained the same, as the Cincinnati Bengals selected star quarterback Joe Burrow and the Washington Redskins drafted top edge rusher Chase Young.
While those two picks stayed the same, Kiper made a few interesting changes from his first mock draft released earlier this off-season. At No. 3, Kiper made a bold pick, by having the Detroit Lions select former Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
But that’s not the only interesting selection Kiper made in his new mock draft. Tom Brady enters his first year as a free agent and he’s reportedly interested in exploring his options outside of New England.
With the uncertainty facing the Patriots and their quarterback situation, Kiper had the Patriots go with a quarterback in the first round. Kiper selected former Washington quarterback Jacob Eason with the No. 23 overall pick.
He explained why:
Yes, that’s right, I’m now going with a quarterback for the Patriots, who still don’t know if they’ll have Tom Brady under center in 2020. Even if the 42-year-old free agent returns on a short-term deal, the Pats have to address the position on the first two days of the draft, so why not do it now?
Kiper suggested there is plenty of”buzz” surrounding Eason heading into the draft. He’s a prototypical NFL quarterback at 6-foot-6 and with elite arm strength.
New England has drafted plenty of quarterbacks to back up Brady over the course of his career. However, the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett before they could take over.
Will the Patriots finally draft and hold onto Tom Brady’s successor?