Most everyone knows the basic facts about Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins. He was a standout player with the Ohio State Buckeyes for one year before having a bit off a fall on draft night and being selected by the Redskins. A farther dig into his background and stats reveal some pretty interesting things that not everyone might know. Let's break down Haskins and help you learn some facts you might already know.
Haskins is Close to Atlanta Falcons Wide Receiver Mohamed Sanu
Mohamed Sanu was Haskins coach in Pop Warner Football, and Haskins actually considers Sanu to be his uncle. Going into college, he talked about how much Sanu meant to him and before the NFL Draft he praised Sanu as a great mentor, via the Falcons Wire.
“He means everything. . . As far as him playing quarterback in high school (for South Brunswick) to him making that jump to receiver and him playing really well for Atlanta. He’s given me all the tools to be able to learn how to work out as a pro. Being able to hang out with him in the offseason, he’s been a great tool for me.”
This seems like a long term mentorship that can continue through Haskins career.
Being Drafted in the First Round, he Joined a Historic Class
The Big Ten has sent some really good quarterbacks to the NFL. Russell Wilson and Tom Brady are two of the quarterbacks to come from the Big Ten that are currently playing in the NFL.
Haskins is the first Big Ten quarterback since 1995 to be drafted in the first round. Since that time there were 61 non-Big Ten quarterbacks taken in the first round including the likes of Carson Wentz and Baker Mayfield.
Haskins Wasn't Always Supposed to be a Buckeye
Dwayne Haskins originally committed to the Maryland Terrapins before switching to join Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes. Haskins initially committed to Randy Edsall but he was fired and that caused Haskins to switch to play in Columbus.
“I stayed verbally committed to Maryland despite the coaching changes, and I believe things happen for a reason,” Haskins said via ESPN about the switch. “This was God's way of giving me an opportunity to re-evaluate my decision.”
Haskins was Lightly Recruited at First
Haskins ended up just fine in terms of his college decision, but he was very lightly recruited at first. He didn't get his first offer until after his junior year, and it was from SMU.
Haskins took part in the Elite 11 camp and had a strong showing, and that's when people started to jump on and offer him.
It's kind of ironic that he went from lightly recruited to at one point being considered the best draft prospect in the 2019 draft class.
It's still to be seen how everything works out, but this is a guy who has been looked over much of his life, and he hopes to prove everyone wrong who overlooked him in the draft, especially the teams that had a selection before the Redskins.