The last few weeks for record-breaking Ohio State signal-caller Dwayne Haskins have been filled with random and unnecessary smoke-screens by NFL front offices and media members alike, but now the best passer in Buckeye history has found his NFL home. Tonight, Haskins was selected with the No. 15 overall pick in the first round by the Washington Redskins.
When he first announced his intentions to enter the draft, Haskins was almost unanimously considered the best quarterback in the draft. However, that changed when Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray decided to forgo his baseball career and enter the draft as well.
From there, rumors began circulating that Haskins’s was not as high up on the draft boards for teams as the media believed. However, throughout the process, a number of the more insightful media members continued to use analytics and film study to show how much of a difference-maker Simba could be at the next level.
While he only started a single season for Ohio State, it was one like had never been seen before. On the conference level, Haskins set new marks for single-season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50), and total yards (4,939). He set 28 new OSU marks as well.
He also set a new record with six Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Awards. Needless to say, he won the B1G’s Graham–George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year honors, the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football, and B1G Championship Game and Rose Bowl MVP awards.
Haskins also was one of three finalists to be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Despite all of his gaudy passing numbers, he only threw eight interceptions on the season.
Land-Grant Holy Land will have much more on the Haskins selection later tonight, and throughout the draft weekend.