One of the Redskins' 2019 draft picks from Ohio State immediately emerged as a star, while the other had his fair share of issues. And for many, it was surprising which selection followed which path.
Terry McLaurin, a Day 2 pick who had some very useful but also seemingly limited skills, was way more useful than limited as a rookie. The third rounder nearly eclipsed 1,000 yards receiving and was consistent throughout the year.
Dwayne Haskins, meanwhile, the 15th overall choice and a guy who was coming off a crazy college run, had to fight for playing time. Then, we he got that playing time, he initially sputtered. Eventually, he began to show his talent late in the schedule, but it was far from an ideal first go-round in the pros for the QB.
According to Ohio State coach Ryan Day, someone who clearly knows both of the ex-Buckeyes, there's a reason the passer didn't shine like the pass catcher.
"I felt like all along that [Haskins] didn't get the luxury of what Terry McLaurin had, which was five years in the program where he's just grinding and working and learning his trade," Day told the Redskins Talk podcast. "You got a man when [McLaurin] walked in the building."
There's absolutely something to that point.
McLaurin is a year-and-a-half older than his quarterback and he also redshirted in Columbus. Like Day explained, he's more mature, received more coaching and experienced more on and off the field, including both successes and shortcomings.
Haskins, on the other hand, played in only 22 games for Ohio State (McLaurin suited up twice as much in his career) and was the true starter only in 2019. Fans and analysts will always get riled up about a young QB and want to see him take off right away, but for Haskins, that simply might've been unrealistic.
Day acknowledged that, while also stating that if the Redskins do allow Haskins to continue to grow, they'll eventually see the takeoff happen.
"This was his second year of starting and playing real football. So, that was a big jump for him," Day said. "He's very, very talented, he's got a great head on his shoulders. If he stays humble and keeps working hard, then he'll just keep improving. And the rest will take care of itself."
In the NFL, everything can be so rushed. But sometimes - and here's a shocking idea, so prepare to be floored - the best course is to give a person room to develop in every area, even when that person is at a position as vital as QB.
Day saw what a comfortable Haskins can do when the two of them tore up the Big Ten together. He knows the 22-year-old can replicate that at the next level if he's able to find that same comfort.
"He still is a work in progress," Day told Redskins Talk. "The good thing is he's got a great ceiling. If he just keeps learning and keeps growing, then he's just going to keep going like this."
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