Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who had a record-setting season for the Buckeyes in 2018 with 50 touchdown passes and 4,831 yards passing, was selected by the Washington Redskins with the 15th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Haskins and teammate Nick Bosa, the second overall pick of the draft by San Francisco, give Ohio State multiple first-round picks for the fourth consecutive year, and 81 total first-round picks to tie USC for the most all-time.
A Heisman Trophy finalist, Haskins is the fourth Ohio State quarterback drafted since 2000, and the first since Cardale Jones was chosen in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Buffalo. Recent Ohio State quarterbacks drafted also include Troy Smith (5th round by Baltimore in 2007) and Craig Krenzel (5th by Chicago in 2004).
Haskins, a third-year sophomore for Ohio State in 2018 from Potomac, Md., and Bullis School, elected to forego his final two seasons to enter the draft. He did so after an electric, exciting and enforcer-mode 2018 season with the Buckeyes that saw him become a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the best player in the Big Ten, and earn the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards.
Haskins entered the 2018 season with just 171 plays on offense from his red-shirt freshman campaign in 2017, but from the first game of the 2018 season to the very end, he left no doubt that he is one of the great quarterbacks in Big Ten Conference history and the greatest throwing quarterback in Ohio State history. He set 28 Ohio State records in 2018 and added seven additional Big Ten Conference records, including single season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939).
Haskins also set a Big Ten record for most offensive player of the week awards with six. In those six games Haskins …
threw for the most yards (313) and TDs (five) in a first start for any Ohio State quarterback (vs. Oregon State);
completed 21 of 24 passes for 304 yards and five TDs vs. Tulane;
led Ohio State on two touchdown drives inside of 8 minutes to play in the come-from-behind, 27-26, win at No. 9 Penn State;
threw for 455 yards and six TDs vs. Indiana;
threw for 405 yards and accounted for six touchdowns – three in the fourth quarter with each one tying the game – in the OT win at Maryland; and
threw for 396 yards and six touchdowns against No. 4 Michigan’s No. 1 ranked defense.
One week after the Michigan win he threw for 499 yards and five touchdowns to earn game MVP honors in the Big Ten championship game win over No. 21 Northwestern. His three touchdown passes vs. No. 9 Washington in the Rose Bowl gave him 50 for the season and enabled him to become only the sixth FBS player to throw 50 TDs in a season.
Against Top 25 opponents in 2018, Haskins threw 20 TD passes against just two interceptions.
In only 22 games and 14 starts for his career, Haskins climbed to ninth in Ohio State history with 5,396 passing yards and to fourth with 54 touchdown passes. He was a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in journalism and he was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree.
DWAYNE HASKINS’ CAREER PASSING STATS
YR G-GS ATT CMP INT PCT YDS TD LG
2017 8-0 57 40 1 70.2 565 4 50
2018 14-14 533 373 8 70.0 4831 50 78
Tot. 22-14 590 413 9 70.0 5396 54 78
Big Ten drought ends
Haskins’ selection in the first round ends a 24-year drought of no Big Ten Conference quarterbacks being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Penn State’s Kerry Collins was the last: taken No. 5 overall by Carolina in 1995. Haskins is the third Buckeye quarterback to be selected in the first round, and the first since Art Schlichter went No. 4 overall in 1982 to the Baltimore Colts.