Every year, the NFL Draft surprises football fans with crazy trades, questionable selections and high-profile falls. From Randy Moss to Aaron Rodgers, elite prospects slide in the draft every year. This year’s candidate for the long night in the green room is Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., according to ESPN’s Todd McShay.
Haskins was considered by many as the top quarterback prospect on the board, but his slide is not because of his talent. The Cardinals are rumored to be taking Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray with the top pick, which could throw everybody’s draft plans for a loop. The Giants and Broncos are other teams in the top 10 that need a quarterback, but their draft plans are all over the place.
McShay has heard that the Giants are not interested in taking a quarterback at No. 6 and will pick one with the No. 17 pick or in 2020. The Broncos traded for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco and seem to be favoring Missouri’s Drew Lock over Haskins.
The NFL is so quarterback-oriented that it seems impossible for Haskins to fall out of the top 10. Many teams are desperate for a franchise quarterback, meaning someone will probably trade up for the Ohio State quarterback. Haskins has the accuracy and arm strength to thrive in the NFL, but his slow 40 time at the combine might be making teams a little hesitant.
He had the slowest time of all the quarterbacks and his time of 5.04 seconds would be the sixth fastest time among the offensive line that ran at the combine. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning had extremely successful NFL careers without having elite athleticism, but the rise of super athletic edge rushers means a more athletic quarterback is needed.
Haskins could experience an Aaron Rodgers-like fall in the 2019 NFL Draft, but nothing is known until the draft officially starts on April 25.