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With free agency in the rearview and the NFL Draft fast approaching, the NBC Sports Washington Redskins crew examines the entire roster by position group. Today: Quarterbacks.

QBs: Dwayne Haskins, Kyle Allen, Alex Smith

Dwayne Haskins - 2nd-year pro - Redskins 15th overall pick in 2019 

2019 Stats: 7 starts (2-5) | 58 percent completion | 7 TDs | 7 INTs | 151.7 yards-per-game

2019 recap: From the moment the Redskins drafted Haskins nothing ever seemed to go right. Former head coach Jay Gruden didn't seem interested in developing the former Ohio State star and some reports said that ownership forced the selection. Haskins struggled to grasp the playbook early and his early on-field performances showed a player not ready for the NFL. Eventually he improved, putting together his best performances late in the year before an ankle injury ended his season in Week 16. 

2020 potential: If Haskins can pick up where he left off late in the 2019 season there could be marked improvement. In college, Haskins was a very accurate passer and protected the ball and his absurd Buckeyes stats show that during the 2018 season where he completed 70 percent of his passes and nearly threw for 5,000 yards with only eight interceptions. The talent is obviously there, and in his last six quarters of the 2019 season, it showed when Haskins completed nearly 75 percent of his passes for almost 400 yards with four TDs and zero INTs. Now Haskins needs to learn a new offensive system and compete with Kyle Allen, but he's clearly the most talented QB on the roster. 

 

Kyle Allen - 3rd-year pro - Undrafted out of Houston, signed with Carolina, acquired by Washington in a trade for fifth-round pick 

2019 stats: 12 starts (5-7) | 62 percent completion | 17 TDs | 16 INTs | 255.5 yards-per-game

2019 recap: The Panthers dealt with significant injuries at the quarterback position and that resulted in Allen getting a lot of playing time. He started very hot in Carolina, winning five of his first six starts while throwing nine TDs against four INTs. Things fell apart in the second half of the year, however, as the Panthers lost Allen's last six starts and his interception total rocketed. 

2020 potential: Allen seems like a great backup QB, capable of running the show for a few games but eventually defenses catch up to him. He certainly has an advantage in 2020 being familiar with the new Redskins offense, considering he ran it last year in Carolina. That advantage could become very important if Coronavirus concerns lead to canceled or shortened training camp periods.

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Alex Smith - 15th-year pro - 1st overall pick in 2005 by San Francisco, traded to Kansas City in 2013, Redskins traded for Smith in 2018

2019 recap: After suffering a gruesome broken leg in November of the 2018 season, Smith missed all of 2019 working his way back from the injury. 

2020 potential: Asked about Smith, Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said he's worked hard in his recovery but at this point, the team can't count on him until he's back on the field. That scenario remains hard to see though Smith has continued working very hard in his rehab efforts. He will count more than $20 million against the Redskins salary cap this year, but in 2021, Smith holds no more guaranteed money on his contract and Washington could release him. 

Overall QB projection: Haskins has a lot of potential but needs to put it together on the field, not to mention prove he can quickly understand the new Scott Turner playbook. If that can happen, Haskins is the guy. If not, Allen will push for snaps. Smith does not look like a factor on the field. 

QB grade: On potential, it could be as high as a B+, but the 2020 season won't be about potential. Right now this looks like a C+ group.  

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