Jason Bean's story and journey is an incredible one. From North Texas to Kansas, from starting quarterback to backup, to starter again, to a bowl game MVP.
Now, there is a chance Bean might hear his name called during the 2024 NFL Draft. According to Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network, Bean could be selected some time during the third day of the draft.
"Jason Bean grades out as an early-to-mid Day 3 prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft on my board. He’s one of the most compelling depth prospects in the 2024 class, and there’s a reasonable avenue for him to be a quality QB3 and backup candidate early in his NFL career."- Ian Cummings
Bean, who was the starter for the Kansas football team in 2021, got injured toward the end of the season. Enter Jalon Daniels, who led the Jayhawks to an improbable overtime win at Texas.
Daniels took over as the starter and had a terrific early season as the signal caller in 2022. When he missed some time due to injuries, Bean stepped in and threw for 1,280 yards, 14 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. He also ran for 222 yards and four TDs.
Despite the fact Daniels was selected as the Preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, Bean decided to stay at Kansas as Daniel's backup. That decision turned out to be a great for both the Jayhawks and Bean.
Daniels suffered a back injury early in the season and only played in three games. Bean stepped in led Kansas to a 9-4 record and their first bowl win since 2008. In the process, he threw for 2,130 yards, 18 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He added 280 rushing yards and three more scores on the ground.
Bean finished his career at Kansas with 4,662 yards passing, which is seventh all-time in Kansas football history. He also threw for 38 touchdowns, which is the second most ever for the Jayhawks.
Now there is a chance for him to be drafted and to possibly make an NFL roster. That's all pretty incredible.
In this scouting report, Cummings is pretty thorough with Bean's strengths and weaknesses. The quarterback has enough arm strength to make most downfield throws, but it is his speed and athleticism that has to stand out to scouts and teams.
The NFL goes through quarterbacks at a fairly good clip, so there is a good chance that Bean's athleticism will earn him an opportunity in the league. He has a history of resilience in college and a feel good story to go with it.
It would be a fantastic continuation of his journey if he were to hear his name called during the 2024 NFL Draft. Kansas football fans and his teammates will all be pulling for him to make a roster next fall.