Dwayne Haskins is already calling his shot!
Viewed as one of the top quarterback prospects in the upcoming NFL Draft, the Ohio State quarterback officially declared for the 2019 NFL Draft just before the College Football National Championship game. This decision put him in the sights of multiple teams and increased the pressure of the College Football Playoffs. His NFL prospects improved even more when Justin Herbert from the University of Oregon decided to forego the draft and return to college for his senior season.
Interestingly, Haskins isn’t letting the added pressure affect him. In fact, he’s actually trying to predict that he will be one of the top picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Ohio State quarterback sent out a tweet on Monday evening, depicting himself in a New York Giants uniform. He added the text “Don’t let me go back to the crib..” in reference to him being a New Jersey native. Essentially, he’s warning teams against letting Big Blue take him with the sixth-overall pick. It’s a similar move to the one that Peyton Manning made to the Colts when he warned the team that he would “kick their butts” if they didn’t draft him. He didn’t actually say “butt”.
UPDATE: Haskins has since deleted the picture of himself in a Giants jersey wearing No. 7 after publishing it to Twitter earlier on Tuesday evening.
Haskins is rising up early draft boards and catching a lot of buzz in scouting circles, according to legendary talent evaluator Gil Brandt, as a potential Top-10 pick after finishing the 2018 season at Ohio State on a tear. If Haskins does end up declaring for the draft, he would love nothing more than to come back home to New Jersey and play quarterback for the New York Giants.
“It would be pretty nice,” Haskins told the New York Post. “I played ‘Madden’ a lot, and [Tiki Barber] was really good running the football. The whole offense was nice. Plaxico [Burress], Jeremy Shockey, Eli [Manning], Ahmad Bradshaw. I was basically the stats guy from my family. I would know everybody’s height and weight, what college they went to.”
Beyond his IQ, Haskins is known for making big plays through the air and being extremely efficient. He wasn’t known for turnovers while playing in Urban Meyer’s offense, only throwing eight interceptions. He completed 70 percent of his throws for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, which ranked best in the country. Additionally, he rushed for 122 yards and four touchdowns. Haskins broke numerous Buckeye and Big Ten passing records, including Drew Brees‘ conference mark for touchdown passes in a season and Curtis Painter‘s record passing yards in a year. The 50 touchdowns were the most by any players since Sam Bradford in 2008.
While Haskins has dreams of taking snaps at MetLife Stadium, this move will be made potentially more difficult by the lingering evaluation of starter Eli Manning. The Giants are still in the process of evaluating franchise quarterback the veteran quarterback and they have not yet made a decision on whether or not he will return for the 2019 season. Manning is due a $23.3 million salary cap hit in 2019 and the Giants would save $17 million by releasing him.
After the Giants decide on Manning, we will have a much better idea of their intentions moving forward at the quarterback position. However, it’s hard to imagine they won’t at least have some level of interest in drafting Haskins. The Giants hold the No. 6 overall draft pick, one slot ahead of the quarterback-needy Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Jaguars show early interest in Haskins, the Giants may have to trade up in the first round if they want to secure Haskins.