Dwayne Haskins could be the first quarterback taken off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The former Ohio State Buckeye took to the podium Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis as if he were an NFL veteran. He said he’s not the least bit worried about Saturday’s on-the-field workout.
“I’m looking forward to showing I’m the best quarterback in the class,” Haskins said.
There were a great number of New York media members present at Haskins’ session. The New York Giants own the No. 6 overall pick in April’s draft and are the first team with a blaring need at the quarterback position. Haskins said he will meet with the Giants for an interview Friday night. He also has seven other meetings scheduled for Friday night.
The 6’3 ½”, 221-pound Haskins is a native of Highland Park, N.J., roughly 40 miles away from MetLife Stadium. He said he grew up a Giants fan and would love to play for the team he grew up rooting for.
“New York would be a dream spot for me,” Haskins said.
Haskins did not sound like a typical rookie when addressing the media, promoting himself without sounding conceited. He said each team he’s met with (the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, and Oakland Raiders before his media session) said he’s the most impressive quarterback they spoke to.
Haskins’ weakness, according to the scouts, is his mobility, or perceived lack thereof. He brushed off any notion that it would be a hindrance.
“I can maneuver if I need to but I’m deadly in the pocket,” Haskins said.