Dwayne Haskins dreamed of starting at quarterback for Ohio State and in 2018, he did exactly that, leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl win and shattering several school records in the process. But now, it’s time for the next stage.
Haskins announced via Twitter on Monday night that he would forgo his final year of eligibility and has officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
With Justin Herbert returning to Oregon in 2019, Haskins is now widely considered one of the best quarterback prospects entering April’s draft alongside Missouri’s Drew Lock. Accordingly, general manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants will be interested as they seek Eli Manning’s eventual successor.
What makes Haskins an even more intriguing option is that he grew up a Giants fan and has long dreamed of wearing the blue.
“It would be pretty nice,” Haskins told the New York Post. “I played ‘Madden’ a lot, and was really good running the football. The whole offense was nice. Plaxico , Jeremy Shockey, Eli , Ahmad Bradshaw. I was basically the stats guy from my family. I would know everybody’s height and weight, what college they went to.
“I’ve been a Giants fan for a long time.”
And Haskins will arrive in the NFL highly motivated, having never had the opportunity to play in the College Football Playoff.
It will be interesting to see just how closely the Giants watch Haskins in the coming months, and whether or not they’re within striking distance to grab him. At No. 6 overall, they may have to contend with teams trading up to snag quarterbacks, which is where their 11 total draft picks could come in handy.