By Mark Gallagher
A new quarterback era is on the horizon in Washington and New York.
Shortly after the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones with the No. 6 overall pick, the Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins at No. 15.
The former Buckeyes signal caller became the fifth quarterback taken in the first round by the Redskins in the common draft era.
Haskins’ slight drop to the middle of the draft was a surprise. Many rated him as the top quarterback in this year’s draft. However, the Redskins didn’t mind the quarterback’s tumble to 15.
Washington coveted Haskins and was rumored to be in talks to trade up for the Ohio State product. Luckily for the Redskins, they didn’t have to.
Haskins turned out to be the third quarterback selected during last night’s opening round. Kyler Murray (No. 1 overall) and Jones were off the board before him. As Haskins tells it, those teams who decided to go in a different direction made a mistake.
“I’m more motivated than ever, there’s a bigger chip on my shoulder, the league done messed up,” Haskins said, per ESPN. “I’m right down the street so we’re going to do it right this time. So it’s crazy.”
Haskins is going to have an opportunity to prove that “the league done messed up.”
Redskins coach Jay Gruden said at the conclusion of the draft that the rookie quarterback will be involved in the team’s competition to head the depth chart.
“Well, if you are a 15th pick of the draft, I think you have to give him the opportunity, without a doubt,” Gruden said, via the team’s official website. “We feel good about the guys we have in the building for sure but when you take a guy in the first round, you have to give him a chance to compete. That’s just the way it is, just the way pro football is.”
With Alex Smith’s career in jeopardy due to a series leg injury, Washington’s quarterback room consists of Colt McCoy, Case Keenum and Haskins. The two veteran quarterbacks won’t be able to hold off Haskins for long. It’s only a matter of time before the 6-foot-3 passer takes the reins in Washington.