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Dwayne Haskins is the first NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Click here for part two and part three or download the MyTeams App for an extended version. 

Few stories this draft cycle moved up and down quite like Dwayne Haskins.

When the college football season ended, for most analysts, Haskins was the top quarterback off the board. He threw for 50 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore at Ohio State, and while he only started one year for the Buckeyes, Haskins contained prototype size and a big arm perfectly suited for the NFL. 

Then, Kyler Murray happened. 

After deciding to fully commit to professional football, and proving he was 5-foot-10 at the NFL Scouting Combine, Murray took over as the top passer in the 2019 class. 

That was one thing, but from there, things got weirder for Haskins. 

He wasn't overly impressive at the Combine, particularly when it came to speed and quickness. He looked great at his Pro Day in Columbus, but he's supposed to look great at his Pro Day in Columbus. 

The questions for Haskins now center on his readiness. 

He started just one season at Ohio State, and in Urban Meyer's offensive system, not much looks like the NFL level. The quarterback's reads are simple, quick, and rarely too far down field. 

 

The NFL is an entirely different beast, and paired with the Combine questions about his quickness, suddenly there was real talk about holes in Haskins game.

Or at least holes for now, and how long that would impact his development. 

Redskins coach Jay Gruden talked about taking a QB with limited starting experience during the NFL's league meetings, and the answer wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement.

"You would like a guy to play more than a year to see how he’s developed over the years. Haskins has a unique skillset. He’s big, strong and can really throw it," Gruden said. "Is he going to be ready for the first year?"

That will be the question for a lot of NFL teams on draft night. 

Is Haskins ready? And if he's not, when will he be?

The other question is where does Haskins now rank among NFL teams looking for QB help this draft. At one point, he seemed a certain Top 5 pick. Then it was Top 10. Now, is it Top 20? 

Missouri's Drew Lock now might be the second QB off the board, and what about Duke's Daniel Jones? 

Misinformation is the currency of choice among NFL executives in the weeks leading up to the draft. The Bengals at 11 could be a prime landing spot for Haskins, or the Giants at 6 or 17, or a host of other teams, including the Redskins at 15. 

Haskins future remains unknown, but pretty soon, the answers will show up. 

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