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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Very rarely does an elite quarterback slide to number 15 in the NFL Draft. For whatever reason Dwayne Haskins was passed over by the Arizona Cardinals / New York Giants and because of that the Washington Redskins hit the jackpot.
All those other teams had to do is look at Haskins 50 touchdowns at Ohio State and those should’ve been good enough stats to jump out at them. Fast forward to now and Haskins is back in the DC area after attending high school just 12 miles away in Potomac, Maryland. The former Buckeye is looking comfortable too because he’s already been the best QB at Washington Redskins OTAs. Haskins is competing with Case Keenum but the biggest difference between those two is the zip on their throws. While Keenum can accurately connect with his receivers he just doesn’t have the velocity that Haskins does when he distributes the football to his weapons. Jay Gruden has already been given a ton leniency as this team’s head coach and he can’t afford another losing season. Which almost guarantees that he’ll roll with his top draft pick in week one when Washington takes on the Philadelphia Eagles. That will be a great test for the rookie (Haskins) and how huge would it be to pull off an upset in his first game by upstaging Carson Wentz? If what we’ve been hearing so far is true then it’s definitely possible. Make no mistake about it though Haskins will have to take over in order for that happen. It feels like it’ll take three or four touchdown passes to give a less talented Redskins team the chance to beat their division rivals. You also have to like what the future holds for Haskins because he can definitely surpass Dak Prescott and Daniel Jones. Get ready because the is only the beginning for the 22 year old signal caller and it’s going to get better from here.
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Dwayne Haskins has something special and that’s helping him win the Washington Redskins starting quarterback job.