2019 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Prospect: Dwayne Haskins
School: Ohio State
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 220
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Evaluated by: Cody Lachney
Most NFL general managers and scouts prefer that a quarterback play more than one year as a starter for their college team before entering the professional ranks. However, if you're going to ignore that advice, it certainly helps to have a season like the one Dwayne Haskins produced in 2018. The redshirt sophomore - originally from Highland Park, New Jersey - holds both the Ohio State and Big-10 passing and touchdown record. He threw for 4831 yards and 50 TD (!), adding 4 more on the ground. This while only serving 8 interceptions on the year. Even with a good supporting cast, none of that is easy to do and is indicative of superb talent.
Dwayne Haskins is a decisive, quick-rhythm passer with a great ability to read the field and take what defenses give him. He is one of the few college quarterbacks I've seen who routinely goes through his progressions before throwing the football rather than just staring down his first read. Against TCU Haskins was able to torch the Horned Frog defense using double-slant combination routes in which he was able to effectively read the linebackers, fitting the ball into tight windows for easy first downs. He throws quick intermediate passes with great accuracy so he will heavily benefit from having a pass-catching running back and a serviceable slot receiver in whatever system he lands in.
Though perhaps even more impressive than his ability to work the intermediate routes are his beautiful deep ball passes. In 2018 Haskins threw 17 touchdowns on passes of 20+ yards or more - with a passer rating of 115.7. Dwayne has A+ arm talent with great ability to stretch the field and has tremendous touch on the football while being able to throw over the heads of defenders with great velocity. It seems effortless for him to put it right between the numbers of his receivers. If you're going to throw the deep ball, then you better have a feel for the pocket which is also something Haskins does exceedingly well as you will see him on film multiple times feeling the pressure and stepping up into the pocket before launching the deep ball pass.
However, speaking of pressure one main criticism against Haskins is his ability to take care of the football when his protection breaks down. He has such a great desire to always make a play that he will try and get the ball out when there isn’t anything there, leading to incompletions and costly turnovers. If the pocket isn't completely clean his footwork can get a little sloppy which causes the ball to sail on him. This isn't too much of a knock against him as a proper NFL quarterback coach should be able to correct this over time with coaching.
While Haskins has decent escapability, I wouldn't go so far as to classify him as a run threat. He has the ability to take off and scramble for 1st downs, but much prefers to throw the football as he is unquestionably a pocket quarterback. In fact, one area in which he could use some growth, is understanding when there is a play to be made scrambling for the first down rather than waiting too long for a receiver to get open. He has shown the capacity to take a hit so physical durability shouldn’t be a showstopper.
Dwayne Haskins is unquestionably the top quarterback prospect in the 2019 NFL draft. He has a great arm with the ability to read defenses and fit the football into tight windows. He is an incredibly smart young man and should have no problem making pre-snap reads and changing plays at the line of scrimmage. While he isn't as polished as a QB with 3+ years at the NCAA helm, he is, in my opinion, a top-20 talent. Knowing how the NFL works, do not be surprised to see some team(s) scheming to trade up to the top spot in the draft to secure Haskins as a potential franchise QB.
NFL player Comparison
Jared Goff, Rams
- A+ arm talent
- decisive quick rhythm passer
- reason defenses well
- doesn’t stare down primary read
- good pocket awareness
- inconsistent footwork
- needs to protect the football better
- becomes frantic under pressure
- gets too caught up playing hero ball
- only one year as a starting quarterback
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