I don’t like overreacting to “the moment” when it comes to sports.
Especially when “the moment” occurs in one of the only games on TV that everyone happens to be watching.
But it’s hard to ignore what Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins did on Saturday night to Northwestern.
Haskins threw for 499 yards, five touchdowns, and completed 82% of his passes in the process.
Dwayne Haskins is dropping dimes. 24-7, Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/2WpNYG2oVc
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) December 2, 2018
This comes on the heels of a performance against an elite Michigan defense last week, a defense filled with first-round NFL Draft picks.
— Rique (@WallStRique) December 2, 2018
Haskins torched Michigan for 396 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions in a 62-39 blowout victory.
Big time players step up in big time games, even if they’re a FRESHMAN.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 24, 2018
He’s now thrown for 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions over his last three games while averaging 433 yards passing per game.
But aside from the numbers, which can often be skewed in college, Haskins is showing touch on his deep balls, as well as an ability to evade an opposing pass rush and create improvisational plays.
— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) December 2, 2018
The Giants have been all-in on Justin Herbert, judging by reports and general manager Dave Gettleman getting a look at the Oregon quarterback in-person a few weeks ago.
But Haskins is starting to turn some heads and it could lead to a solid Plan B option for the Giants in the first-round if:
A) Herbert is gone by the time they pick
B) If Herbert doesn’t enter the draft
The size, arm strength, mobility, and well-spoken nature seems to be all there for the Ohio State quarterback.
Although I believe he is more of a developmental quarterback, someone who would benefit from sitting for a little bit during his rookie season.
He still provides enough upside where head coach Pat Shurmur can mold him into the player he ultimately has the potential to become.