2019 NFL Draft: Washington Redskins draft Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State

With the 15th pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected quarterback Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State.

Haskins’ play from the pocket and ability to maximize talent around him will no doubt be desirable for an NFL offense that wishes to pursue a run-heavy, play-action heavy scheme.

Dwayne Haskins, a one-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, has been a polarizing prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft process. While some see a work in progress, others see a knowledgeable and mature player that can be a leader. Haskins is fortunate to be able to sit for a year. He has the luxury of learning from veteran quarterbacks that will enhance his game.

Strengths

Overall, Haskins’ biggest strength is his cerebral tendencies. Haskins is an extremely intelligent, football-driven player that only wants to be the best. He’s aced his interviews, demonstrating the charisma that is desired for a face of the franchise. On a whiteboard, he’s blown some in the media away, from Steve Mariucci to Dan Orlovsky. His vision and patience to go through his reads put his mental game above the rest.

Haskins has an exceptional arm, with great accuracy in the short and intermediate areas. He can call pre-snap reads quickly and reads defensive placement well enough to adjust on the fly. Haskins is also very willing to hit his check-down receiver, which is an excellent quality to have when establishing patience at the pro level. He’s ideal for West Coast-reliant schemes that stress the short and intermediate areas, and his ball placement is excellent even to the boundary.

Despite having a unique throwing motion, his arm strength is on display fully even when he isn’t able to step into his throws, giving him a chance to deliver strikes even when under pressure. Haskins boasts a compact release that allows him to fit passes into tight windows and rid the ball in a hurry.

His maturity is on display in all of his interviews. He’s also known as a leader. His teammates rally around him, a quality that can’t be overlooked.

Weaknesses

For Haskins, his most significant fault has to be his deep ball consistency. Despite having talented receivers and some highlight reel deep passes, Haskins needs work here. He tends to hang the ball a bit on his throws as if he’s throwing only with his arm and without generated power from the torque in his hips. His follow through, and footwork are an important facet of improving this quality. Also, his lack of mobility can be a concern.

As a quarterback lacking mobility, Haskins is an easy target once the offensive line protections break down. Haskins isn’t the most agile or quick-twitched quarterback either. His ability as a runner is not as swift or sudden, and his chance to show his true pocket passer ability has come at this point.

How will Haskins help the Redskins?

Haskins is an immediate starter quality player that needs to have the running game be the focus. With good play fake concepts and short to intermediate area throw, he can easily take on a full playbook of responsibility. The Redskins first work with Haskins on his deep ball. But if they are not comfortable with that area of his game, they can use play action to test his mettle deep. As Haskins develops, however, he can easily become a top 10 quarterback in the NFL.

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