Today is the day that the Redskins have found their franchise quarterback. Haskins fell all the way to the 15th pick after New York passed up on him and took Daniel Jones, a quarterback from Duke. Many in the media believed that Haskins would be a top 10 selection.
Haskins a DMV native himself grew up around Washington but was a lifelong Giants fan and almost wound up going to the University of Maryland instead of Ohio State during the recruiting process.
However, Haskins has previously stated that he would be excited to play for the Redskins as he had a close friendship with Dan Snyder’s son in high school.
“For me to be able to go back in DC, somewhere where I also grew up at, went to high school at, is definitely a lot of fun for me to be able to spend time with [Doug Williams], coach Gruden and the rest of the offensive staff,” Haskins said. “I think the Redskins are a great place to be.”
Haskins terrorized the Big Ten with his pocket presence and elite accuracy. He averaged 9.1 yards per attempt while completing 70% of their passes. Haskins threw for five or more touchdowns in five of Ohio State’s 14 games. Haskins only threw eight interceptions in those 14 games showing off his elite decision making.
Redskins fans should be absolutely ecstatic about this pick. Haskins will be a force to be reckoned with in the NFC East. He has a cannon for an arm. He can throw the ball 50 yards almost effortlessly. He can fit the ball in tight spots especially deep down the field.
Haskins also has a great feel of the pocket. His pocket presence is reminiscent of Tom Brady. Like Brady, he knows when to step up in the pocket and when to bail and roll out wide. Not many quarterbacks have that ability coming into the NFL.
It was previously reported that both Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen were “taking over” the first round of the Redskins’ draft after being sold on Haskins during his pro day. There was friction between the football staff and Snyder and Allen team.
The football staff was sold on Daniel Jones who was picked sixth overall by the Giants. Obviously, Allen and Snyder’s team won out because they’re the Team President and owner of the franchise.
The Redskins were rumored to trade up for Haskins potentially trading the whole farm for the Jets’ third overall pick but the Redskins stayed patient and it worked out for them.
Washington was also rumored to trade back which likely would’ve happened if Haskins was gone by the time Washington picked. Senior VP of player personnel Doug Williams said told reporters earlier this week that the Redskins were more than likely to trade down than trade up.
“Well, I’ve said all along, the chance of trading up is a lot slimmer than trading back,” Williams said. “I’m going to go on the record and say that’s a possibility that we won’t trade up, but there’s a great possibility we’ll trade back if that opportunity came.”
Haskins is the future of Washington football. After years and years of mediocre play, the Redskins have found their savior. A playoff run is definitely possible in a couple of years after the Redskins add a few more pieces to surround Haskins. Give him a year of experience on the big stage and he could find himself in a Pro Bowl.