At least one major NFL quarterback prospect is planning to throw at the scouting combine in March. According to reports, sources reveal Dwayne Haskins will let it fly during his job interview at Lucas Oil Stadium. As NBC Sports noted, the last time Haskins appeared at Lucas Oil, he accounted for five touchdown passes in the win over the Northwestern Wildcats.
Now, Haskins will try to impress NFL scouts in a shorts and a t-shirt. Usually, first round draft picks may forego the throwing session because they haven’t worked with the wide receivers in the passing game. However, Haskins will have more motivation to try to move up in the NFL draft.
Remember, Haskins threw 50 touchdown passes during the 2018 season with the Ohio State Buckeyes. He also accounted for eight interceptions in their quest for a Big Ten title. However, Haskins was unable to lead the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff due to their single loss against the Purdue Boilermakers. He only started one season with the Buckeyes, appearing in 22 total games.
In fact, Haskins only attempted 590 passes during his career with the Buckeyes. He threw the ball 533 times this past season. Despite his greatness early on, there is a risk with this draft pick. We’ve seen many picks flameout when they have two years of eligibility left. Yet, Haskins is assured of going in the top six and he will likely get selected earlier due to draft day trades.
Therefore, he can really put the pressure on NFL organizations with an impressive performance during the throwing session. It’s likely Haskins won’t impress scouts with his running ability, but if he shows pocket awareness and accuracy on March 2, there won’t be any downside to getting on the field with fellow combine invitees.
Will Haskins’ availability in the throwin session change the path of Kyler Murray? Currently, scouts are more enamored with finding out Murray’s height than anything else. Still, it will be interesting to see if both quarterbacks decide to compete on the same playing field during the combine.