As we get closer to the draft, there will be a lot of talk about who should be the first QB off the board between Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray. Fanium expert Nick Whalen grades Dwayne Haskins as his #2 QB. Despite starting only one season at Ohio State, Haskins put up prolific numbers and did enough to make him a near lock to go in the top 10 picks in this year’s draft.
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Draft Grade: 1st Round NFL Comp: Matt Ryan
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Haskins has prototypical size for a QB, but appears bigger on film. Despite some of his predecessors at Ohio State, Haskins is not a good running QB. He was adequate on some designed runs, but below average when trying to create on his own. Haskins has a strong base in the pocket and will climb it to stay within a rhythm.
However, Haskins struggles when dealing with pressure from defenses. If a player is has a free path, he rushes his decision and doesn’t step into the pass, even if he has the time. Haskins reacts and tries to quickly get rid of the football, which leads to inaccurate passes and poor decisions. Haskins falls into the below average category in possessing the athletic ability avoid the rush and extend plays. When he is moving laterally within or out of the pocket, he struggles greatly with accuracy.
Haskins improved throughout his first season as a starter in 2018. He does a good job of identifying his initial read and who will be open based on a defenses pre snap alignment. Post snap, he will progress through multiple reads to find an open receiver. This reveals his knowledge of the offense, knowing where his eyes need to go, and where multiple receivers are on each play. Haskins is a good decision maker who delivers safe throws. Many of his passes are check downs, but it keeps the offense on track by continually staying ahead of the chains to make 3rd downs more manageable. This explains part of his very high completion percentage.
On short passes, Haskins shows good accuracy and touch on his initial reads. He puts them in a safe location and on time with anticipation. Haskins allows his receivers a greater opportunity for yards after the reception with his location. He possesses good arm talent to make most of the throws needed in the NFL.
When he really wants to drive the football, his arm strength is apparent. However, he doesn’t consistently use it and the majority of the time, elects to add loft to his passes. This creates more catchable passes for his receivers, but it also allows NFL defenders more time to get their hands on the football.
Haskins accuracy outside the numbers and down the field is inconsistent. He was fortunate to play in an offense with wide open receivers down the field due to athleticism and play action, but he needs to become more accurate in these other areas to take the next step in his development. Haskins will miss high over the middle of the field, which can be problematic and the main occasions he makes unsafe throws. Both the inaccuracy to the outside and high throws over the middle aren’t very common. However, they are areas of inconsistency and need improvement.
For short passes and when rushed, Haskins has a quick release on the football. But when throwing intermediate to down the field, it becomes more elongated. His release time isn’t problematic, but it’s not going to be among the quickest in the NFL.
Haskins is a bit of a mystery due to his lack of starts in college, but had a tremendous statistical season. However, Ohio State manufactured many short and safe passes during the season; bubble screens, RB flares, tunnel screens, and many check downs where his receivers really added to his resume due to their superior athleticism versus opponent. This isn’t to take away all of Haskins accomplishments from the 2018 season, but it does still paint an incomplete picture of who he is for NFL scouts.
I envision Haskins having a low average depth of target and his running backs getting a large bump in PPR leagues.