Following Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskin’s performance in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, the redshirt sophomore’s draft stock appears to be on the rise should he declare for the NFL Draft.
The 21-year-old has just 14 collegiate starts under his belt but is coming off a season in which he set school and Big Ten records and may have shown just enough to catapult himself up teams’ draft boards and become the first Big Ten quarterback taken in the first round since Kerry Collins in 1995.
The Giants hold the sixth overall pick of the draft and even if 38-year-old Eli Manning returns next season, they may be interested in selecting the Ohio State quarterback if he is available at their pick to succeed Manning.
Yet the examples of quarterbacks to enter the NFL Draft with just one year of experience is a mixed bag: Mitchell Trubisky is the most recent while Cardale Jones, Brock Osweiler, Cam Newton and Mark Sanchez are among others.
Want to know more about Haskins? Here are some things to know about the potential Giants draft target:
-Grew up in Highland Park, NJ before moving to Maryland in the ninth grade.
-Had the most prolific season from a quarterback in Ohio State history, setting single-season records for the school and Big Ten with 4,831 passing yards and 50 TD passes.
-Also set school records in completion percentage (70.2), total offense (361.7 ypg), games with 200 passing yards (13), 300 passing yards (9) and 400 passing yards (5).
-One of six FBS quarterbacks to throw 50 TDs in a season.
-Best game came against Michigan in which he completed 20 of 31 passes for 396 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions vs. the top-ranked pass defense.
One thing’s for sure: @dh_simba7 throws a pretty ball. 🏈
Just how pretty?
– Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 31, 2018
-Finished third in Heisman Trophy voting behind Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray and Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
-Ranked No. 1 QB for 2019 NFL draft by ESPN analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay.
-Academic All-Big Ten Conference in 2017 and on track to complete his degree early.
–Rivals rated him as a top-5 pro-style QB of his class coming out of high school.
-Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, a Rutgers product, coached Haskins in Pop Warner and the two remain close. “I call him my uncle,” Haskins told NJ.com in 2014.