NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s the most important position in sports, and the Washington Redskins were not comfortable entering the 2019 season with just Colt McCoy and Case Keenum as their quarterback options.
The Redskins use their first round pick to draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins 15th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Haskins (6-3, 220), played two seasons at Ohio State University, where he appeared in 22 career games, and was named a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2018. In his career, Haskins totaled 5,602 total offensive yards, including 5,408 passing yards and 194 rushing yards. He connected on 410-of-587 pass attempts (69.8 completion percentage), with 54 passing touchdowns and a 174.53 passing efficiency.
“Expectations are to work as hard as I can, do all I can and be a part of this position (group) and this franchise,” Haskins told reporters. “I’m looking forward to contributing in any way possible and just get down and work. I’m just excited to be a part of something special and be a part of a team again. I am looking forward to calling the Redskins my home. Things will come and I’m just going to do everything I can to be ready.”
Last season, he set 28 Ohio State records and seven Big Ten Conference records, including single season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939). Haskins also set a Big Ten record for most offensive player of the week awards with six. He was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record. Haskins started 14 games completing 370-of-530 pass attempts (69.8 completion percentage) averaging 9.1 yards per pass and 345.9 passing yards per game. He also added four rushing touchdowns.
In 2017, Haskins completed 40-of-57 pass attempts (70.1 completion percentage) for 565 yards and four passing touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per pass attempt and 70.6 yards per game and finished the season with a 173.09 passing efficiency.
Haskins, 21, attended the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., where he registered 5,308 yards passing and 54 touchdowns in his career. He was named a first team consensus All-Maryland quarterback his senior year after completing 170-of-286 pass attempts for 2,217 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was rated a Top 5 pro-style quarterbacks in his class. He earned Washington Post All-Metro and Interstate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He was born May 3, 1997.
“I went to a couple of games with my friends back in high school back with RGIII,” Haskins recalled. “I haven’t been able to since I went to school. But football is taken very seriously down here and I am looking forward to bringing that winning tradition back to the Redskins.”