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Dwayne Haskins

By Admi , QBSchool: Ohio St | Conference: Big TenCollege Experience: Redshirt Sophomore | Age: 21Height / Weight: 6-3 / 220 lbsProjected Draft Status: 1st roundNFL Comparison: Alex SmithCollege StatisticsPlayer SummaryDwayne Haskins finished his 2018 season with the Buckeyes as Big Ten Champions and a Heisman Trophy Finalist. He set OSU and Big Ten records for most passing yards in a season (4,580) and passing TDs in a season (47). Haskins would probably be best suited to stay at Ohio State for another season, but with a weak QB class this year and Urban Meyer retiring, I think he’ll declare and end up being a first round selection. Haskins has natural abilities as a thrower. He works well in the pocket and when given time is accurate to all three levels down the field. The key words there is given time; Haskins is 2nd best in the nation with a passer rating of 134.4 when given a clean pocket. Because of his size, accuracy, and Urban Meyer tutelage, I’d compare him to Alex Smith, just with a bigger arm.StrengthsAccuracy, especially on intermediate throws. According to PFF, Haskins had a 77.9 adjusted completion percentage this season. He had an almost 6:1 touchdown to INT ratio, only throwing 8 interceptions on the season.Mobility in the pocket. Showed a natural ability to slide in the pocket while maintaining vision down the field.Arm strength. While he isn’t the most accurate passer in CFB down the field, I have yet to see a throw he cannot make when his mechanics are together.Half-field processing. Excelled in the scheme and showed a quick ability to read half field defenses.WeaknessesInexperience. Haskins is young and generally untested, only starting 1 season for the Buckeyes.Mechanics on deep throws. His footwork can be sloppy causing inconsistencies on deep throws.Scheme. The con that always comes along with QBs who excel in a “system” is can they continue to excel in a more complex, pro-style offense that requires a full-field progressions rather than a single read down the field.Pressure. He thrived under generally clean pocket conditions, but how will he handle the pass rush at the next level. Especially if he is a high draft choice and ends up on a squad with a less than stellar offensive line.Media More Dwyane Haskins videosGrades:Size: 9/10Has prototypical size for an NFL QB. Is tall enough to see the field and thick enough to take a hit.Accuracy: 9/10Haskins was 5th in the nation this season with a 70.2% completion percentage. He can make all the throws when his mechanics are together. He was the 2nd most efficient passer in the nation with a clean pocket. However his mechanics can be sloppy at times, which I believe can be cleaned up.Arm Strength: 13/15You’ll hear a lot of people talk about Haskins as a natural arm talent. He can make all the throws, throw from different platforms, and can make up for lower body mechanical issues with his arm.Mobility: 8.5/10Haskins is different from some of the QBs Ohio State has had in the past. He is not a mobile quarterback, but a quarterback with mobility. Ability to feel pressure and slide in the pocket grew as the season went along. He can take off and run when he needs to, and isn’t shy of contact, but it’s not what he’s looking to do.Processing Speed: 12/15Haskins has shown to be very good at half field reads. He got better throughout the season in recognizing and looking off coverage. However Youth Derrius Guice Jersey , he was not asked to read a full field very often in Ohio State’s offense. This inexperience in reps and scheme could make for a steep learning curve at the next level.Mechanics: 7/10It is surprising to me how accurate Haskins is with how bad his mechanics are sometimes (which just goes to show what a natural arm talent he is). The good news is he shows the ability to put it all together at times, making it more likely a by product of inexperience. He has a tendency to not set his feet properly causing inaccuracies and problems with velocity especially on down field throws. His mechanics suffer against pressure as well, which is to be somewhat expected from such a young QB.Leadership: 10/15The sentiment throughout the season is that Haskins was growing into being a vocal leader. He has always been a lead by example guy, but is starting to come into his own as a vocal leader, which will be important if he is thrown into a starting role as a rookie. Clutch: 11/15Haskins excelled on the biggest stage he played in, putting up 396 yards and 6 touchdowns on then #4 Michigan. However he can be rattle by the rush. Ohio State’s schemes bailed him out of a few situations, so it is yet to be seen how he’ll handle that going forward.Overall: 79.5/100How He’d Fit on the RedskinsThe Redskins are in obvious need for a QB. With Alex Smith’s uncertain future of playing again, the Redskins need to be thinking about a new QB going forward. Seeing how the Redskins will most likely be continuing with Jay Gruden for at least the near future, I think Haskins is a great fit. If Smith is able to come back, it would be an excellent situation for Haskins, as he could take a year or two and learn behind Smith. However even if Smith isn’t able to play (which seems like the likely scenario at this point), he could be a valuable resource for Haskins to learn from in the film room. In fact, the Redskins could even consider bringing back current starter Josh Johnson (to the dismay of San Diego Fleet fans), to go along with Haskins. It’s looking more and more likely that Haskins will the first QB to come off the board, especially with Justin Herbert returning for his senior year. I think it would be a huge mistake to try and reach for him, but if he does fall to the Redskins, they shouldn’t hesitate to take him. Count me as someone who is officially off the Quarterback-in-the-first-round train.First, I do not want to see the Redskins spend valuable resources to trade up in the 2019 NFL Draft for a signal caller. The Skins are already going to be tight against the salary cap for 2019 due to the Alex Smith contract. They can create some room by obvious cuts and re-structures, but that money will be needed to fill in gaps in free agency. Aside from that, the team will need all the draft picks they have to fill in with young, inexpensive talent. Second White Brandon Scherff Jersey , I’m not really sold on many of the projected first round quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL draft. The guy I like most is Drew Lock, but there is a very good chance he’ll be long gone by pick 15. Dwayne Haskins, who has a boat-load of potential, SHOULD be the first quarterback off the board, but even he is not a plug-and-play guy. Daniel Jones is way too inconsistent for me at number 15, and I in no way, shape or form want any part of the 5’9” 185 pound Kyler Murray. For me, that leaves the Redskins with a few options. We can sign a cheaper veteran free agent signal caller on a one year deal to compete with Colt McCoy for the starting position in 2019, and look at the 2020 NFL Draft to select our future franchise quarterback. The other option; and this is the one that intrigues me the most, is to draft a “developmental” quarterback with one of our third round picks (assuming we get a compensatory third rounder). My target in the third round?... Jarrett Stidham!To me, the 6’3” 215 pound Stidham was grossly under-used at Auburn. He also didn’t have the best playmakers surrounding him on offense. This contributed to the junior having a sub-par statistical 2018 season for the Tigers. In 2017, Stidham completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3158 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. On almost the same number of passing attempts in 2018, Jarrett saw his completion percentage drop to 60.7 percent, while throwing for 2794 yards and 18 touchdowns against five interceptions. He has never been one to throw a lot of interceptions, but the drops in efficiency and yardage were a concern for a quarterback who was supposed to take that next step. Some of these concerns are valid, but when I studied his tape, I saw a lot of things that really stood out to me - and I developed my man-crush.When I evaluate a quarterback, I look primarily at three things: Accuracy, arm strength and ability to improvise either in or outside the pocket.Below are some clips that highlight these areas of Stidham’s game.Accuracy:To me, accuracy is the most important attribute a quarterback can have. The ability to throw an accurate, catchable ball in the NFL is what seperates the good ones from the average ones.Below you see Stidham set his feet in the pocket White Preston Smith Jersey , recognize one-on-one coverage on the outside, and deliver a perfect ball in the endzone. In this clip, you see the motion to help recognize what coverage the defense is in, and the perfect ball placement in the Tennessee secondary that allows his receiver to run after the catch. Arm strength:Arm strength is an attribute a successful NFL quarterback can’t be without. As is different from college, the ability to drive the ball downfield into tight windows is crucial at the professional level. If you don’t have the ability to stretch the field vertically, defenses won’t respect your offense.Below you see an example of how the football just jumps off Stidham’s hand with ease. The ball placement here is excellent too. The throw below is the definition of arm strength. Not only does this illustrate Stidham’s ability to go through his high-low progressions, it also shows off his accuracy and arm talent. Ability to improvise:Ability to improvise when the protection breaks down is a trait all the great quarterbacks seem to have. We saw Patrick Mahomes do this numerous times this past season. In the NFL, you are not going to have a perfect pocket every time, so this ability has to be present in your quarterback. If that player is a statue back there, or tends to panic under duress, bad things will happen. Below, you see an example of this ability to make plays happen under pressure from Stidham. Two things impress me here; first, the escape-ability to elude the rush, and roll to his left. Notice after the spin how his head immediately goes back to his progressions. Second is the 35 yard dart he throws without even having his feet set, and the accuracy of the pass. All three of the attributes I mentioned above are on display in this one play!After studying a lot of tape on Jarrett Stidham, I believe he’s a great fit for the Redskins somewhere in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He has all the intangibles of a future franchise quarterback in this league. He just needs some fine-tuning to his game to bring everything together. If the Redskins were fortunate enough to be able to land Stidham in round three, there should be no pressure for him to start immediately. He could sit and learn behind a veteran like Colt McCoy, and possibly even have Alex Smith around to mentor him as he learns what it takes to be a professional in this league. Overall, he’s one of my favorite quarterbacks in this draft, and I think he’d be an amazing fit here for us in D.C. NFL Outlet