1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State 6-3, 218 (1)
Career Statistics: 413-590 (70%), 5,396 yards, 54 TDs, 9 INTs. 194 rushing yards, 4 TDs.
Why Dwayne Haskins Is Here On The List: Oh is there so, so much to like about his potential.
He’s got the size, he’s got the big arm, and he’s got the bomber’s mentality to grow into an elite talent who you can win a Super Bowl because of his talent. However, he’s going to need at least two years before it all starts to kick in – he just doesn’t have enough at-bats logged in.
Scouts aren’t going to like his lack of mobility, but he’s strong, will make smart throws, and he won’t get rattled. It’s going to be simply a question of time with him.
What The NFL Types Want To See: How will he handle dealing with a year or two of needing to take his lumps as he gets more time and more seasoning? He’s more of a downfield passer than Jared Goff, but is he ready for the same sort of potential career arc – struggling and maybe looking bust-like before breaking out? However, for all the concerns about his lack of experience, he has 590 career throws, and Kyler Murray only has 519.
Bottom Line: He’s going to be a strong call for a patient team. He’s not the prospect that Tua Tagovailoa will be in next year’s draft, or Trevor Lawrence in 2021, but all that’s missing is time.
Sort of like Goff, Mitchell Trubisky, and Sam Darnold – even though he has a different game than those three – he’s going to have a problems for a while until he gets used to the NFL game. However, in terms of talent, upside, and – compared to Kyler Murray – NFL tools, he’s worth the wait.