*Our QB grades can and will change as more information comes in from Pro Day workouts, leaked Wonderlic test results, etc. We will update ratings as new info becomes available.

I can’t wait for this… I can’t wait to watch all the smart football people who had such highbrow consternation about Mitch Trubisky only playing one full year as a starter now fully endorse Haskins no questions asked, despite his only starting/playing one full year in college – in fact, his lack of experience will be portrayed as a ‘positive’ because ‘imagine the upside when he gains more experience!’ No one said that about Trubisky, not one – and that’s more evidence, if you needed it, that football scouting and analysis is almost always emotional and unstudied. Every single football person had the same exact concerns on Trubisky and NONE will have the same concerns on Haskins. It’s just the way this game works.

That aside, we’re here to find out if Dwayne Haskins is the best QB in this draft class and if he rates with Trubisky. My short answer is – ‘No’. He’s not the best in the 2019 class. He’s not on the same planet as Trubisky for all-around talent. I’ve got real problems with Haskins coming out of my studies…issues I didn’t think I would encounter, but I did…and it’s an issue(s). Not issues the mainstream will pick up on…they’re all already bought in. Their story of Haskins is written and that narrative/group-think will likely push him to be the #1-2 draft pick…which means some sucker NFL team is about to get burned.

Not burned badly…just not getting what the media is selling them on – which happens every year at this time. It’s nothing new.

Let’s take a look at Haskins’ journey/how did we get here? And then get into his scouting…

Haskins redshirted his first college season (2016). Was a backup to J.T. Barrett in 2017, but gained some notoriety when Barrett got injured in the big Michigan game and Haskins entered the game and helped OSU come from behind and win (again). He became the starter in 2018 and went on to have a huge season…50 TDs/8 INTs and a 70.0% Comp. Pct. Haskins set several OSU passing records in a season.

The odd thing is…as the 2018 season began, no one thought Haskins was much of a draftable prospect. Slowly, he started moving up draft boards based on the high visibility school output – his rise couldn’t have been merely on talent because no one really noticed before the output. Haskins’ numbers kept stacking and his analyst-fans’ love kept growing. When Haskins dropped 6 TDs on Michigan, the frenzy hit a fever pitch. A strong finish to the season saw him move from ‘typical Urban Meyer QB’ to ‘Heisman candidate’ to ‘top 100 draft pick’, to ‘maybe a 1st-rounder’ to the current: ‘Why isn’t he going to be the #1 overall pick?’ The religion on Haskins from ‘typical Urban Meyer QB’ to ‘he has to be the top QB taken’ all happened in only three games, starting with the Michigan game.

How did everyone just magically realize he was 200+ picks better than they thought before the three-game span? The power of Ohio State (and Alabama, Clemson) players/prospects helps…a lot.

Ironically, for me, it was the Michigan game that started turning me off on Haskins…yep, 6 TDs/0 INTs against a top 5 team – and I didn’t like it.

I was ready to like Haskins because of the Michigan game. I’m human. It made all the sense in the world. Then I started watching and noting… Haskins was just completing a lot of quick passes/screens/bubble screens in the backfield and guys were running for yards. But where the real numbers came from was simple crossing patterns where a receiver would drag across the middle about 5-yards from the line of scrimmage, and his defender would get picked or caught in traffic or just get outrun and Haskins would drop a simple, wide-open pass on the money for 5 yards and the WR would run for 20-30-50+ and sometimes for a TD. It was shocking how simple it was…how badly Michigan was playing it.

The real problem was not a bunch of simple throws…it was noticing that when Haskins had to stand in the pocket and throw real NFL-like passes over the middle in traffic/tight windows, medium or deep sidelines…he was way off the mark on almost every throw. Not just a little off, but a lot off. It freaked me out. It so stood out to me. It’s the same guy I’d seen in some preview tape in November that I just dismissed at first glance as another J.T. Barrett-like OSU QB. To me, Haskins has a terrible feel for NFL-style quarterbacking.

I challenge you to watch the Michigan tape, the first 2-3 quarters when it was somewhat of a game and watch/then re-watch every time Haskins threw a pass 5+ yards downfield that was not just a guy coming across for a simple dump off. Look for all the other throws and see what you think. All his throws from that game are on YouTube. First, you’ll wonder if he throws anything besides screens and swings and bubbles and crossers to even look at…then you’ll start seeing all the misconnects downfield over and over. You’ll also see it against Penn State and Michigan State and Purdue…it’s there a lot.

After the Michigan tape, I watched him against Penn State…same thing. Wildly off/disappointing on his passing when he sits in the pocket. Under normal circumstances, Haskins has poor mechanics on many of his NFL-type throws. Poor feet positioning, a lot of ‘all arm’ throws, and poor accuracy when doing so – some QBs can throw with accuracy and velocity at all angles and foot positioning (they are usually known as ‘future NFL QBs’ – not Haskins; he doesn’t have that high-end skill.

If I cut up tape of Haskins against Michigan, Penn State, etc., and I just showed all the non-screen passes and no passes thrown 5 yards from the line or closer, you would see a pretty weak QB. You won’t see that tape. You will see highlight reels of his best throws’ cherry picked to make the story stick to the preconceived thought upfront. If his pocket inaccuracy issue is even hinted at…the analysts will shut it down by saying, “He’s only started for a year. He’ll grow into a great QB and clean that up.” Again, where was this with Trubisky? The thing is though…’he might grow into a great QB’ – it might be true.

Haskins might get better with time. He has the tools. He’s smart. He’s got the right size and strong arm. He played for a big-time program. He’s a good kid/adult. He’s not devoid of talent – he’s just not Mahomes-Mayfield-Goff-Trubisky good/great that you can see it in an instant. He’s more Derek Carrgood…and, perhaps, builds on that. If he lands with a Jeff Fisher equivalent in the NFL he won’t grow. He lands with a new Sean McVay, he might. There’s a legit, workable prospect here, it’s just not as good as you’ll be told/sold on.

Dwayne Haskins, Through the Lens of Our QB Scouting Algorithm:

Overall, Haskins’ number’s pop. He seems flawless – big numbers for a big program. However, you can see some of the cracks against the middle part of his schedule against random Big Ten teams. Before he went off on Michigan for 6 TDs, he had under 60% completions and just 1.5 TDs per game in two sloppy performances versus Nebraska (should’ve lost) and Michigan State. He got outdueled at Purdue (their lone loss) midseason by their QB David Blough.

Haskins has some mobility. But it’s lower end. He’s likely a 4.8-4.9 runner. 108 yards rushing and 4 TDs (3 came in one game) on 79 carries in 2018 (I know about the sacks in the numbers). He’s more of a pocket passer than any type of runner…more ‘Pro Style’ than the J.T. Barrett-type Urban Meyer era QBs.

Haskins’ numbers are strong overall, but his air yards for completions are weak and he was so bolstered by yards after catch – it’s taking a ‘B’ student with ‘C’ leanings and making them look like an ‘A’ student, in my book. He’s a solid/OK passer with less athleticism than you think for Urban Meyer QBs.

The Historical QB Prospects to Whom Dwayne Haskins Most Compares Within Our System:

Our system pointing out Donovan McNabb as a comp makes some sense, once I saw it. I wasn’t thinking that, but I could see it – not so much as a runner, but as a passer and ‘look’. McNabb was ahead of his time…he’d be more a dime-a-dozen in today’s NFL. Derek Carr was what I had in mind, only Carr with better mechanics/a quicker release.

The top comp list is telling me what my gut is telling me when I look at the performance metrics and tape – Haskins is good, capable, though not great and there are flaws but there are also things to work with. Some QB scouting is not so cut and dried – not every QB is obviously great or obviously awful.

There’s a growing group of well-schooled, ultra-groomed QBs hitting the NFL from college (thus the wave of performance increases and the jump in rookie QBs blowing the league away right off) – and the new age QBs’ good or bad NFL start lies in which team/coordinator/system they fall into. I think Haskins is in the ‘could go either way’ group – could be groomed into a winner a la Dak or Derek Carr or could be left to die with a Rex Ryan or Doug Marrone or Jeff Fisher type coach and fall off/be erratic like Derek Carrhas become. Two years ago, Carr was supposedly the next Aaron Rodgers. Mid-2018, he was possibly going to be dumped by Jon Gruden for his poor play. So how does one judge Carr’s NFL experience and compare to anyone’s original scouting years ago? I think this is what’s going to happen with Haskins…too soon, too hard to tell now but, although there is hope…there are also red flags.

For me it’s more red flags than things which excite me.









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*“Adj” = A view of adjusted college output in our system…adjusted for strength of opponent.

**A score of 8.5+ is where we see a stronger correlation of QBs going on to become NFL good-to-great. A scouting score of 9.5+ is rarefied air—higher potential for becoming great-to-elite. 

QBs scoring 6.0–8.0 are finding more success in the new passing era of the NFL (2014–on). Depending upon the system and surrounding weapons, a 6.0–8.0 rated QB can do fine in today’s NFL—with the right circumstances…but they are not ‘the next Tom Brady’ guys, just NFL-useful guys. 

2019 NFL Draft Outlook:

I’d have to bet Haskins is going to jump up to be the first QB taken in the 2019 NFL Draft and potentially the #1 overall pick. Ed Oliver might be too good to pass on, so Haskins may go #2…but at this early stage, I’d believe he’s going top 5 and the first QB taken. Will Grier does not have the same backing/college ‘name’/gravitas among the media. And Drew Lock and Daniel Jones are lesser college players from lesser football schools as well…they’re no threat to Haskins either.

If I were an NFL GM, I’d pass on Haskins as my franchise QB. If I were the GM of Jacksonville, I’d put my money on Nick Foles or a modest contract on Teddy Bridgewater – I’d buy time looking for my Mahomes-Mayfield. I wouldn’t settle for a ‘reach’ on Haskins. However, I have that confidence (and time) most every NFL team doesn’t – they need things to happen right now, and they want to go with the herd, because -- ‘what if Haskins IS great and we passed on him?’  Not me. I see enough red flags in Haskins that I walk away and if I’m wrong I’m wrong.  In the end, though, I’m almost never wrong about a QB!

NFL Outlook:   

All about where he lands. The teams that need QBs are mostly all bad places to land…especially for anyone who lands in Jacksonville. Other QB prospects are likely to go later, and to be backups who get a year or two of seasoning. Haskins is going to be taken to start – so Jacksonville, Washington…possibly Oakland. Haskins could get thrown into a bad situation with huge expectations and have a very hard time living up to them…when with 1-2-3 years of grooming he could become a really nice QB. We don’t live in a grooming NFL…we live in a ‘now’ league.