Before the draft, ESPN’s Dianna Russini laid out an interesting scenario from the Washington Redskins’ headquarters.
She said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sat in on only one interview at the combine, and it was with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. She reported that Snyder seemed “fixated” on Haskins, though she said the football people in the building weren’t quite as sold because they wanted to address other positions.
If all of that is true, Snyder got what he wanted. Washington picked Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the draft.
With concerns about Alex Smith’s future, taking Haskins at No. 15 without having to move up in a trade isn’t a bad move, no matter who was behind it.
Haskins: ‘The league done messed up’
Speaking with ESPN after his selection, Haskins said he was ready to get to work and show the rest of the league what he’s got. He also made some veiled comments toward the league, perhaps frustrated about being selected after Daniel Jones.
"The league done messed up."
Dwayne Haskins letting Washington Redskins fans know he's ready to get work 💪 pic.twitter.com/ym6tjIFBvr
— ESPN (@espn) April 26, 2019
Dwayne Haskins is Redskins’ new QB of future
The last time Snyder was said to influence a pick for a quarterback, it was Robert Griffin III back in 2012. And that worked well, until Mike Shanahan left an injured Griffin in during a playoff game at the end of his rookie season, and Griffin blew out his ACL. RG3 was never the same.
Since then, the Redskins’ quarterback situation has taken many turns. Kirk Cousins was good, but Washington never invested in him and Cousins left for the Minnesota Vikings after playing on a couple of franchise tags. Washington then traded for Smith and gave him a huge contract, but Smith suffered a brutal leg injury last season. With questions about Smith’s ability to play again, the Redskins traded for Case Keenum.
Keenum might not even be the team’s starter by Week 1. First-round picks at quarterback don’t sit long.
Haskins had a great 2018 season
Haskins was considered for a long time the second-best quarterback in this draft, behind Kyler Murray. The Giants changed the order up when they reached on Duke’s Daniel Jones at No. 6.
Haskins isn’t a perfect prospect, but he had 50 touchdowns for Ohio State last season. He was a clear first-round talent. He’s also the first Big Ten quarterback to go in the first round of the draft since Penn State’s Kerry Collins to Carolina, all the way back in 1995.
Haskins becomes the face of Washington’s franchise with the pick. Russini reported that Snyder wanted him, as did team president Bruce Allen. Perhaps Snyder can finally have the last laugh on a transaction.
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