The Washington Redskins are still looking for their quarterback of the future, and on Wednesday they showed just how much they might be interested in Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Coach Jay Gruden was at the Buckeyes’ pro day, presumably to watch Haskins, who is widely considered the second-best quarterback in the NFL draft behind Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray of Oklahoma.
Haskins later told NFL Network that he will visit Washington’s facility. He also plans to meet with the Oakland Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos — all of whom could draft a quarterback. Haskins had a private meeting Tuesday evening with the team he has been most associated with in pre-draft speculation: the New York Giants.
The Redskins are concerned quarterback Alex Smith will never be able to play again after complications from the surgery he had to repair a broken leg he suffered last November. Gruden has said he is committed to starting the offseason with Colt McCoy as the team’s quarterback, and Washington traded for Denver’s Case Keenum to compete with McCoy. But team officials want to draft a quarterback — or trade for a player such as Arizona’s Josh Rosen should the Cardinals use their No. 1 overall pick on Murray.
The quarterback the Redskins acquire probably would sit behind McCoy and Keenum for a season, much the way Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes spent a year learning before replacing Smith as the Chiefs’ starter.
Haskins is seen as the safest quarterback choice in the first round of the draft. He is not a dazzling runner like Murray, and he might not have the raw arm strength of Missouri’s Drew Lock, but he completed 70 percent of his passes in his one season as Ohio State’s starter, throwing for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns against just eight interceptions.
Many projections have Haskins going to the Giants with the sixth overall pick. There seems to be little chance he will fall to the Redskins, who choose 15th, especially with Oakland picking fourth, Denver 10th and Miami 13th. To be in position to draft Haskins, Washington probably will have to trade up, perhaps to one of the top five spots.