Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins has announced his
decision to skip his final two seasons of eligibility and declare
for the 2019 NFL Draft.
At six foot, three inches and 220 pounds, redshirt sophomore
Haskins is expected to be the first quarterback taken in the draft
after Justin Herbert decided to return to the Oregon Ducks.
He said in a statement posted on social media: “As a young kid,
I had dreams of playing at The Ohio State since the age of 10 years
old. God has blessed me with an opportunity to achieve another
dream. The NFL.
“After many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends,
I have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL draft.
“To my coaches, team-mates and friends that I’ve made at this
prestigious university, THANK YOU!”
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7)
January 7, 2019
Haskins capped his tremendous campaign with a Rose Bowl victory
over the Washington Huskies on New Year’s Day, in which he passed
for 251 yards and three touchdowns.
He ended the season with 4,831 yards passing and 50 touchdowns –
both Big Ten records for a single season – to go with his eight
interceptions in 14 starts.
Haskins, who was given a first-round grade from the NFL’s draft
advisory board, finished third in voting for the Heisman Trophy
behind quarterbacks Kyler Murray of the Oklahoma Sooners and Tua
Tagovailoa of the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Teams in the top half of the draft that could look to go for a
quarterback include the Oakland Raiders (No. 4), Tampa Bay
Buccaneers (No. 5), New York Giants (No. 6), Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 7), Denver Broncos (No. 9), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 11), Miami
Dolphins (No. 13) and Washington Redskins (No. 15).