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Chris Simms explains why he has Drew Lock rated above everyone's top QB, Dwayne Haskins

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The majority of NFL Draft analysts view Dwayne Haskins as the top quarterback available in 2019's class, and nearly all of them see him as a top-two option.

Chris Simms doesn't fit into either category, though.

During an interview with the Redskins Talk podcast at the NFL Combine, the NBC Sports football analyst walked JP Finlay and Mitch Tischler through Haskins' potential — and identified another passer he currently likes more.

"I think there's some refining to do," Simms said of Haskins. "The ball can kind of go all over the place at times. Certainly a top-15 pick in my eyes, but I'd probably take Drew Lock over him. I would probably go [Kyler] Murray, Lock and then Haskins. It's very close."

Now, Murray slotted above Haskins isn't exactly a mainstream opinion, but it's also not that unusual. Lock before Haskins, however, is a unique stance.

One thing people love about Haskins is his 70-percent completion rate as a Buckeye. One thing people don't love about Lock is his sub-60-percent completion rate as a Tiger.

Simms sees that split, but he isn't concerned by it at all.

"They didn't throw the ball that deep at Ohio State," the analyst said. "People will tell you he's accurate, and yet, some other quarterback who doesn't get to throw 10 screens a game, they'll say, 'Oh, he's got accuracy problems.' You're talking about eight completions that were behind the line of scrimmage that are making the difference in your evaluation."

 

Another thing worth considering when grading the two? The rosters they played on.

"What's the difference between Haskins and Lock, what are we talking about here? Ohio State, and that they won games because he's got a bunch of first-rounders around him all over the field?" Simms said.

"Yeah, there's some dumb interceptions every game," he continued, now talking about Lock. "But he wasn't afforded the luxury of going, 'Well, I don't have to take a chance here, I can punt it and my defense will hold them.' Those are the things Dwayne Haskins was afforded."

In the end, Simms really loves the way Lock throws the ball and operates when the pocket isn't clean. In the NFL, you rarely get a clean pocket, and that's once place the soon-to-be pro excelled at Missouri. 

"That's where Lock really jumped off the screen to me is some of those type of plays," Simms said.

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