Apparently, plenty of people have not seen Dwayne Haskins play football with the Ohio State Buckeyes this season. Remember when Stephen A. Smith considered Haskins more of a runner than a thrower. Well, plenty of people were shocked to see the posted 40 time Haskins put up at the NFL combine on Saturday.
Haskins ran a 5.04 in the 40 yard dash. There are rumors that Haskins was suffering from leg cramps prior to the run. He was expecting to run around a 4.8 in the 40. Instead, Haskins produced a slow time. In fact, Haskins had the slowest time in his group. However, this shouldn’t impact his draft stock just yet.
When an NFL team selects the Ohio State Buckeyes’ sophomore, they are planning to get one of the best arms in the world. They aren’t looking for Haskins to become a legitimate running threat. NFL teams should be looking for Haskins to sling the ball deep.
We know he threw 50 touchdown passes during his lone season as starting quarterback. Whether it was limited action in 2017 or the lion’s share of work in 2018, Haskins consistently completed 70 percent of his pass attempts. It’s always been more about his pocket awareness than his speed.
In fact, Haskins ran the ball 79 times for 108 yards and 4 touchdowns. Meanwhile, former Buckeyes’ backup quarterback Tate Martell came into the game on certain running situations. He carried the ball 22 times for 128 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Last season, Haskins didn’t display the foot quickness to be a dynamic running threat. Therefore, his 40 time shouldn’t reflect his ability to play the game. Now, if you are looking for a quarterback that is fleet of foot and makes plays with his legs, Haskins won’t be your guy. There are plenty of other quarterbacks that should be able to come into the NFL with scrambling ability.
Interestingly enough, Will Grier only ran a 4.92 in the 40. Thanks to sacks, Grier finished last season with -90 rushing yards. Normally, he seemed to have better escape ability, but Grier’s speed to get away from edge rushers will be pivotal to his success in the NFL. Grier threw 37 touchdown passes last season.