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'I Am the Prospect': How Shawn Springs helped shape Dwayne Haskins Jr.'s NFL future

'I Am the Prospect': How Shawn Springs helped shape Dwayne Haskins Jr.'s NFL future

It's no secret that the Washington Redskins are in search of their future franchise quarterback. The Redskins front office have a handful of options within the 2019 draft class, including Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones. 

Even more notably, there's Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins Jr., who is not only a projected Top 10 pick but started his journey to the NFL in the Redskins' backyard. 

Moving from New Jersey to the D.C. area to attend the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., if it wasn't for former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, Haskins may not be where he is today.

"He needed to play against better competition," Springs said in NBC Sports Washington's 'I Am the Prospect' feature after meeting Haskins at a young age at a passing camp in the Jersey area.

"So, one day I was just like, 'Mr. Haskins you should come down to the Washington D.C. area and watch a football game,'" Springs said.

That football game between Good Council and Gilman included three players by the names of Stefon Diggs, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, Kendall Fuller, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Cyrus Jones, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens. 

"I remember Dwayne just watching them, checking it out and he was just like,'is this college?,'"Springs said. 

What built from there was a mentorship between Haskins Jr. and Springs that would last long past his days at the Bullis School. 

"When Springs came into my life, I knew he was a person that can give me the keen insight of really giving Dwayne the opportunity to be in position to have a very effective role model and a mentor to steer us in the right direction if he had the ability to play at the next level," Haskins Jr.'s father, Dwayne Haskins Sr. said. 

Haskins would also follow in Springs' footsteps playing at Ohio State, his dream school as a kid, after previously committing to the University of Maryland. In just one year as their starter, Haskins threw 50 touchdowns and claimed the school's records for total offense in a single season (4,831), total passing yards in a game (470) and total offensive yards in a game (477) to name a few. That was enough for him to declare for the NFL Draft. 

"I just shared my experience with him," Springs said. "That was a decision that only he could make and that he could make with his family. I told him I would support him either way, I get it. And he was mature enough to make that decision."

All of Haskins' hard work will pay off in a little over a week when he receives a phone call from one of the 32 general managers around the league. Whether he lands back in the D.C. area or not, Springs is confident he'll be able to contribute in the NFL for a very long time. 

"Any team or organization that draft Dwayne will realize they got a franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years," Springs added. 


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Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Redskins challenge fans to create all-time team with this pool of franchise legends

Everyone has a little bit more time on their hands amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s forced the governors of both Maryland and Virginia to issue stay-at-home orders for the foreseeable future.

With the start of football season still months away, the Redskins decided to give their fans an assignment while they sit at home and wait for the pandemic to be contained.

Using an online form, the Redskins are challenging fans to put together a “dream team” composed of franchise greats and active stars. It’s a fun exercise while sports take a hiatus, so let’s go through the players available for selection.

Quarterback (pick 1)

The choices: Sonny Jurgensen, Billy Kilmer, Doug Williams, Joe Theismann, Alex Smith, Mark Rypien, Sammy Baugh and Kirk Cousins

Notable snubs: Robert Griffin III

Running back (pick 2)

The choices: John Riggins, Alfred Morris, Brian Mitchell, Clinton Portis, Earnest Byner, George Rogers, Larry Brown, Adrian Peterson and Stephen Davis

Notable snubs: Terry Allen

Wide receiver (pick 3)

The choices: Art Monk, Bobby Mitchell, Charley Taylor, Charlie Brown, Gary Clark, Hugh Taylor, Pierre Garcon, Ricky Sanders and Santana Moss

Notable snubs: Henry Ellard

Tight end (pick 1)

The choices: Chris Cooley, Jerry Smith and Jordan Reed

Notable snubs: Donnie Warren

Offensive line (pick 5)

The choices: Jeff Bostic, Jim Lachey, Joe Jacoby, Len Hauss, Russ Grimm, Turk Edwards, Brandon Scherff and Vince Promuto

Notable snubs: Trent Williams and Chris Samuels

Defensive line (pick 2)

The choices: Charles Mann, Dave Butz, Dexter Manley and Gene Brito

Notable snubs: Andre Carter, Ron McDole

Linebackers (pick 3)

The choices: Chris Hanburger, Ken Harvey, London Fletcher, Monte Coleman and Ryan Kerrigan

Notable snubs: Brian Orakpo

Defensive backs (pick 4)

The choices: Brig Owens, Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, DeAngelo Hall, Ken Houston, Landon Collins, Mike Bass, Pat Fischer and Sean Taylor

Notable snubs: Joe Lavender and Paul Krause

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Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

Redskins are warming up to trading down from No. 2 pick, per one report

The 2020 NFL Draft is less than a month away, meaning the rumors surrounding the Redskins and what they'll do with the No. 2 overall selection are only going to intensify over the next few weeks.

Many expect the Burgundy and Gold to select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young with the second pick, and it makes sense. He's been pegged as a generational talent by many experts and would make an immediate impact for the Redskins defense.

But coming off a 3-13 season, the Redskins still have plenty of holes on their roster. Arguably the best way to expedite a rebuild of any franchise is by building through the draft, and the Redskins potentially have the opportunity to acquire multiple first-round picks by trading down from the second overall selection. 

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the team is warming up to exactly that idea.

"I continue to hear that they are increasingly open to trading out," la Canfora said. "I think there's a distinct possibility."

When the Redskins moved up to No. 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft to acquire Robert Griffin III, they shipped three first-round picks to the Rams. It likely would take a deal similar to that for the Redskins to move out of their current draft position.

The Dolphins currently sit at No. 5 and have three first-round picks in this year's draft. They're also desperate for a quarterback. With Miami having the draft capital to strike a deal, they seem like the most likely team to trade up to No. 2. 

Should Washington move down to No. 5, the Redskins would potentially have the chance to select another player La Canfora says they have a high draft grade on: Clemson's Isaiah Simmons.

"If they do drop back a few spots, I believe strongly they would target Isaiah Simmons," La Canfora said. "That's another player I'm told they are super high on their draft board. They feel like he's such a rotational chess piece you can put all over the place. They are very intrigued by that possibility if they were to move down."

Simmons is arguably the most versatile defensive player in this year's draft. Listed as a linebacker, Simmons has lined up as a cornerback, safety and pass rusher, too. Simmons's measurables -- 6-foot-4, 239 pounds -- are off the charts, and the Clemson standout raised his stock even higher this past February with an outstanding performance at the Scouting Combine.

Throughout free agency, the Redskins have not made a splashy move. But one common trait between many of the players Ron Rivera has brought in to Washington is their versatility. Simmons fits exactly that mold. The only question remains if he would still be available by the time the Redskins were on the clock, as both the Lions and Giants would have the chance to take him before Washington.

If Young is considered the best defensive player in the draft, Simmons is right behind him. La Canfora explained that if Washington has the opportunity to trade back and still nab Simmons, that's something they should absolutely consider.

"If you take Chase Young, and he ends up being [Lawrence Taylor], then I get it. You call it a day," he said. "But if he's less than that, and you have the opportunity to trade off of him, as if he were a quarterback, to get quarterback value for the pick because the other team moving up is taking a quarterback, then I don't know how you don't strongly consider it."

La Canfora explained what many assume will be the deciding factor on whether the Redskins trade down or not -- will they get enough in return for the pick?

"It will be mostly tied to the value and trade for the pick," Canfora said. "Do they feel there is enough opportunity to throw three, four, five darts at premium positions on the draft board over the next couple of years that would allow them to hasten their rebuild?"

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