Early in 2019, Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was widely viewed as one of the top – if not the top – quarterback prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft. But after a coaching carousel, free agency, and the combine, Haskins’ draft stock has fluctuated to the point where some believe he may not even go in the first round, let alone the top ten.
But Haskins had a message for the NFL owners and coaches who might be thinking about passing on him: Don’t.
Following a round of media appearances that included ESPN’s First Take, Haskins took to Twitter and cautioned NFL teams against “overthinking” whether to take him.
“Don’t overthink it. Trust me,” he wrote.
Don’t overthink it. Trust me..
— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) April 19, 2019
Haskins is coming off a historic season as starting quarterback of the Buckeyes.
He finished the 2018 campaign with 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns, both of which set new records for Ohio State and the Big Ten Conference.
Haskins followed up a Big Ten championship title with a Rose Bowl title, earning Rose Bowl MVP honors in the process.
But no Ohio State quarterback has been taken in the first round of the NFL Draft since Art Schlichter in 1982. It’s a streak that could continue if NFL teams “overthink” taking the Buckeyes stud.
If it’s any consolation to Haskins, he should know that the last four Offensive MVPs of the Rose Bowl have gone on to be first round picks in the NFL Draft.