Dwayne Haskins might have only had one season on the field for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but he more than made an impact in 2018. After finishing third in the Heisman Trophy race, “Simba” finished his college career securing 28 Ohio State individual records, in addition to seven Big Ten records as well.
Once considered the slam dunk first quarterback taken in this year’s draft, with Kyler Murray entering the mix, things have presumably changed a bit for Haskins. However, there is no doubt that his 50-touchdown performance at OSU in 2018, his natural gifts, and his elite decision-making will making him very attractive to an NFL team.
On Friday, Murray indicated that he would not be participating in the on-field drills at the combine, while Haskins will be. That should give the Buckeye an opportunity to make an impact in Indianapolis.
Here’s what the pros are saying in his NFL Combine Scouting Report:
Big and talented with explosive arm talent but limited mobility Haskins is a chance-taker with the arm strength to get away with some tight window throws that most in this class can’t make. Haskins is still very early in his journey and is prone to misreading coverage and stalling in getting through his progressions. While this is normal for an inexperienced quarterback, Haskins is going to be forced to learn on the fly against NFL speed and defensive coordinators conspiring to defeat him. His athletic limitations could keep him pocket-bound, but he has the arm talent, confidence and pocket savvy to become a good NFL starter if he’s protected and given the time to develop early on.
Groomed for this moment since he was young
Rare passing production
Has been mentored by NFL receiver Mohamed Sanu
Well-schooled with understanding of how to get himself protected
Will bet big to win big
Confident to take chances and complete game-changing throws
Shows potential to be a full-field reader on NFL level
Effortless throwing motion
Can uncork a plus fastball with just the flick of his wrist
Scans with ball tucked close and feet bouncing from target to target
Ball explodes out of his hands when driving it down the field
Has deep ball arm to wait out coverage and hit the fastest targets in stride
Alters trajectory depending on coverage and space
Willing to stand in and take the hit to deliver the ball
Able to deliver and complete throws from unconventional angles
Excellent sense of developing pressure from the edge
Pocket mobile to climb and slide into safe launch spots
Sturdy build to shake free of pocket traffic
Explosive, clutch production to finish final four games
Small list of successful QBs with so few career starts
Lacks in-game adversity challenges for an early round pick
Front side can fly open causing throws to sail
Unusual follow through leaving his lower half behind
Still learning to attack zone coverage
Baited into bad decisions on high-low reads
Doesn’t show enough caution against dropping linebackers
Will need to improve anticipatory intermediate throws
Has to be willing to come off primary reads when coverage dictates it
Needs to expedite his process in the face of pressure
Needs better feel for when to throw with touch
Accuracy on the move is below average
Below-average athlete who can’t run away from trouble
Sluggish, heavy feet when he scrambles
Fumbles due to carelessness and lack of concentration on snaps
- Height: 6’3”
- Weight: 231 lbs.
- Hand size: 9 5/8”
- Arm length: 33 1/2”
40-yard dash: 5.04 unofficial | 5.06 unofficial
.@OhioStateFB QB Dwayne Haskins runs a 5.04u 40-yard dash in his first attempt.— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2019
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.@OhioStateFB QB Dwayne Haskins out here throwing darts @dh_simba7— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2019
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Dwayne Haskins has a pretty deep ball @dh_simba7— NFL (@NFL) March 2, 2019
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After an impressive single season as a starter in Columbus, Haskins has worked himself into a future NFL starter. Whether or not he ends up being the first quarterback selected in the draft in May, or that honor goes to Kyler Murray, the former Ohio State star is more concerned with ending up with the right franchise to maximize his pro potential.
Haskins reportedly met with the New York Giants on Friday night, as they look to find the eventual successor to Eli Manning. The Giants currently have the sixth pick, but with the Raiders at fourth and Jaguars at seventh, there are some other teams that might be willing to make a move to get the former Buckeye.