Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is putting together the best season by a quarterback in school history.
Once the season ends, it looks like the redshirt sophomore is moving on to bigger things. Bleacher Report’s NFL Draft expert Matt Miller reported on Friday that Haskins is likely entering the 2019 NFL Draft.
Multiple sources reached out soon after it published and disclosed the offseason plans of Haskins. Barring injury or a massive drop-off in play down the stretch, the plan is for Haskins to leave for the NFL draft after this season.
Miller placed Haskins in his top-30 prospects for his inital 2019 NFL Draft big board which would project him as a first-round pick.
The projected class for 2019 isn’t the strongest in recent years with Oregon’s Justin Herbert the projected top quarterback and projected top-five pick. Behind Herbert is a lot of question marks with NC State’s Ryan Finley and West Virginia’s Will Grier among the top quarterbacks.
There hasn’t been an official announcement and likely won’t be until we get closer towards the deadline for underclassmen to declare in mid-January.
In ten games this season, Haskins has completed 68.9% of his attempts for 3,280 yards, 33 touchdown passes and six interceptions. He needs 50 yards to tie Joe Germaine’s 1998 season of 3,330 yards and two touchdowns to tie JT Barrett’s 2017 season of 35 touchdowns.
With at least two games left in the season barring unforeseen circumstances, he’s expected to break and set new school records.
Many expected Haskins to return for the 2019 season but with Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa expected to be the top two quarterbacks in the 2020, it makes sense financially now for Haskins to declare especially with his body of work from this season for teams to break down.
Miller also reported that Michigan’s Shea Patterson is also expected to declare for the draft and that he’s heard that Herbert is likely to stay in school for his senior season. This could put Haskins in a great situation if he performs well for scouts, coaches and executives during the pre-draft season where he could get selected high.
The Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all teams projected in the top 10 currently that need a quarterback so there’s a good chance Haskins could drafted high.
He’s got the tools to be a quarterback at the next level but you can tell in some games that he still needs work and isn’t a finished product. He should stay for another season but I would get why he’ll declare early if he chooses to do so.
One person that is probably hoping he does leave Ohio State early is Tate Martell. The sophomore has been waiting patiently for his time to lead the Buckeyes and has had some playing time this season in spots but I’m sure he’s itching big time to get his full-time opportunity.
If Haskins ends up staying in Columbus for another season, I wouldn’t be shocked if Martell ends up transferring somewhere else where he can get his opportunity. Martell was highly recruited and offered by every top program in the country before committing to Ohio State. If he were to decide to transfer, he’d have a new home quickly.