1. Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
6-3, 231: There’s something funky happening. Whether it’s misinformation, or NFL insider guys going with anything handed to them, the world seems to have soured a bit on Haskins.
Of course, that normally means someone is sandbagging in the desperate hope of him falling down a few notches, but there are enough negatives to be a wee bit worried.
He only did it for one year at Ohio State – ask Chicago how long it took for Mitchell Trubisky to get up to speed in the game rep category after a limited college career.
He can’t move, he’s got a few mechanical issues to work on – the motion has to be more compact and efficient – and he’s going to go through at least one year of getting his butt handed to him – think Sam Darnold – before getting to the other side.
All that pales in comparison to his upside. He’s big, has a live arm, is a gamer, and turned into something special at a school that cranked out a whole lot of productive college quarterbacks.
The tools are all in place, and he’s got the makeup to take his lumps for a while to get better and better throughout the process.
More than anything else, he’s the contrast in styles in this draft next to the smallish, explosive Kyler Murray.
Yeah, there’s more bust potential with Haskins than there is with Murray. But remembering that Tom Brady, Jared Goff, Nick Foles, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Joe Flacco, and Eli Manning are among the most recent quarterbacks in the Super Bowl – with Russell Wilson thrown in there, too – the big bombers still rule the NFL.
Projected Round: Top Ten Overall
Real Value: Top Ten Overall