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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

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Why an aggressive move to get Dwayne Haskins is starting to feel possible for the Redskins

It’s been quite the week for the Redskins and Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. 

The Buckeye star, who threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018, participated in his Pro Day on Wednesday and drew quite the crowd. Coaches, GMs and executives were there from a number of NFL teams, including Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen. 

Of course they were. Haskins is arguably the best QB prospect in this class. He has prototypical size and a big arm, is accurate on his throws and doesn’t turn the ball over much. He might get drafted after Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, but there are a few teams that prefer the bigger, stronger Haskins to the diminutive Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma. 

Haskins seems unlikely to make it to the 15th pick, where the Redskins are currently slotted, but that didn’t stop Sports Illustrated from putting the quarterback to Washington in their latest mock draft. 

Beyond that, ESPN reported that Haskins is set to visit the Redskins in the coming weeks.

Add all of that up, and it’s quite obvious the Redskins have real interest in Haskins. With a quarterback situation described kindly as in flux, Washington has to draft a rookie QB. 

Case Keenum and Colt McCoy are only under contract for the 2019 season, and while Alex Smith is guaranteed money for the next two years, nobody seems to know if he can ever play again. 

And let’s be clear, while Haskins has plenty of potential, joining a team with two veteran signal callers might serve him well. He started just one year at Ohio State and still seems raw when testing defenses. He has a big arm but not much mobility, and being thrust into a situation too early could thwart his development. 

As a thrower, Haskins is elite. 

As an athlete, Haskins is not. 

He ran a slow 40-yard-dash and didn’t seem particularly agile. He does move well inside the pocket, and that has worked out just fine for a number of big-time QBs.

CBS reported that the Redskins have become enamored with Haskins and might consider moving up to draft him. Washington Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams mentioned that trading up could be a possibility in the upcoming draft, and the Jets with the third pick have long been rumored as willing partners to trade down. 

Moving up to the third pick would take a lot, but keep in mind the history of the situation. 

Washington hasn’t made the playoffs for three seasons and the fans are growing increasingly frustrated. 

The last time Washington missed the playoffs three straight seasons? 2012. 

The same year they traded up to draft Robert Griffin III. 

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Bradley Beal's frustrations boil over in Chicago following OT loss

Bradley Beal's frustrations boil over in Chicago following OT loss

At some point during an inconsistent, up-and-down season, frustration almost always boils over. 

That may have been the case for Bradley Beal following Wednesday night's overtime loss to the Bulls in Chicago. 

We just didn't want to win.

To say Washington has had a lot of moving parts through 72 games would be the understatement of the year. We're talking about a team that has lost John Wall and Dwight Howard (not officially) to season-ending injuries and traded away Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris, and Austin Rivers. 

Wednesday night's starting lineup featured Bobby Portis, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green, Bradley Beal, and Tomas Satoransky. That's certainly not what Scott Brooks envisioned in November. 

Being that there are so many new pieces, each of which finds himself in a different situation contract-wise, Beal was asked whether he feels like he needs to remind his teammates about the importance of a sense of urgency. 

"I shouldn't have to but I need to. We have 10 games left"

The two-time NBA All-Star ended his media availability, as he's so often done this season, by holding himself accountable while still making his point clear.  

"We got to be better. That’s all I can say. It starts with me. We got to be better. Myself included.”

Beal finished with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals all while logging 44 minutes. 

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