The Washington Redskins selected Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. With that pick, the consensus idea was that they got their quarterback of the future. The thought was that he could be the Day 1 starter, but might need some time to adjust.

It appears he didn’t need much time to adjust to his leadership role. According to Jordan Dajani of, Dwayne Haskins is already an off-field leader.

Haskins has received plenty of praise from old teammates from Ohio State, including another Washington Redskins draft pick, wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The overall takeaway is that he will get the team behind him. He is someone who knows how to lead.

This is an important trait for an NFL quarterback, but especially in Washington. The Redskins have had countless quarterbacks come through since 2000. None of them have stuck around very long; Washington can’t seem to find a perfect fit.

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With all that turnover has come a lot of scrutiny. The media has been known to weigh in on these situations, and D.C. isn’t the friendliest market.

With that in mind, it’s important to have a quarterback who can take the spotlight. That means being able to humbly accept praise while understanding there will be a lot of criticism.

Dwayne Haskins looks like he could be the quarterback to turn around the misfortunes of the franchise. At just 22 he’s showing the type of leadership an organization wants from its QB.

Now it’s time to see if that translates onto the field.