INDIANAPOLIS — Dwayne Haskins sounds like a New York Giants quarterback. Assured but not brash. Invested but not obsessed. Friendly but not extremely familiar.
He also appears to be like a Giants quarterback. Significant and sturdy.
Whether or not he will come aboard and moves in as Eli Manning’s eventual successor is a perseverance that will be produced in the coming months top up to the NFL draft. There does not look to be any query what Haskins wants to see take place.
“Growing up in New Jersey, I grew up a Giants fan, so it would be a aspiration appear real likely back again dwelling in which my spouse and children is and perform for that terrific franchise,’’ Haskins said Friday at the NFL scouting incorporate. “There are a lot of actually terrific ability gamers, so possibly way it takes place in the course of this procedure, I’m just likely to be content to be in the NFL. New York, of training course, would be a terrific location for me.’’
Contrary to other quarterbacks at this event in past many years, Haskins did not make a situation he need to be the No. 1 decide in the draft or even the to start with quarterback off the board. He did not back again away from the impression he thinks he can make or the normal he feels he can set. He just did not thrust himself earlier mentioned any person else.
“I’m likely to do what I have to have to do in conferences and out on the industry to showcase my skills,’’ said Haskins, who prepared to fulfill Friday night with the Giants’ contingent. “I know I’m a franchise quarterback and can be a actually terrific quarterback in the NFL.’’
But what about staying the to start with quarterback taken the night of April 25?
“It’s not that significant for me,’’ he said. “For me it’s about staying with the proper franchise, staying with the proper group and earn a Tremendous Bowl. Whether or not I’m the to start with quarterback taken, it’s all a blessing, regardless of in which I’m likely or what decide it is for each se.
“I truly feel like I’m a best quarterback. I just have to do what I do. I’m not attempting to spin it. It speaks for alone.’’
Haskins, 21, could not have finished more in his just one and only year as a starter at Ohio State. As a redshirt sophomore, he completed 70 percent of his passes and set Significant 10 data for passing yards (4,831) and touchdowns (50). The past university quarterback to throw 50 landing passes in a year was Sam Bradford for Oklahoma in 2008.
The downside with Haskins is there are just 14 begins to examine and, though he has superior dimension (6-3 ³/₈ and 231 pounds), he is not really cell. He ran the ball 79 moments past year and averaged just 1.4 yards for each endeavor. He is a pocket passer with a powerful arm the Giants will have to figure out irrespective of whether he can be special.
Haskins does not think much of those who query his mobility. He in fact laughed out loud when questioned about it.
“I can maneuver if I have to have to, but I’m lethal in the pocket,’’ he said. “So that’s all I truly feel about it.’’
Kyler Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma (Haskins concluded third in the voting), proclaimed, “I’m executing practically nothing. I’m just executing interviews.’’ The quarterbacks are on the industry Saturday, but Murray will not operate or throw, saving himself for his Professional Day in Norman, Okla.
“That’s the timeline me and my spouse and children, my agent, coaches, felt was best,’’ Murray said.
Haskins will do it all.
“I’m not fearful about it,’’ Haskins said. “I know I’m likely to do perfectly in the interviews I’ve finished so considerably and I’m likely to throw actually perfectly. So I’m just looking forward to exhibiting I’m the best quarterback in the course.’’
There are moments a quarterback does not want to harm his draft inventory, so he opts not to throw. This is not just one of those moments.
“I’ve been throwing for 11-as well as many years,’’ he said. “That’s all I do.’’
Haskins grew up in Highland Park, NJ, ahead of his spouse and children moved to suburban Maryland, just outdoors of Washington, DC. He recalled likely to Nets games when Jason Kidd was the level guard, looking at Giants games and rooting for Jeremy Shockey and Tiki Barber and attending a football camp operate by Amani Toomer.
If Haskins is taken by the Giants and his function is to serve as a backup and study from Manning, he said, “I’m at ease plenty of to be ready to study from somebody that’s been there in entrance of me.’’
Manning is heading into a 16th year as the confront of the franchise. This is not a function Haskins takes frivolously.
“It usually means a lot,’’ he said. “Being the confront of the franchise, everyone is seeing you, you are the confront of the group. When a group appears to be at you, you are the to start with just one that will come up. You have to be ready to guide other gentlemen. It’s a lot of duty.’’
Is he ready?
“Without a doubt,’’ he said.