Are the Denver Broncos blowing smoke with their perceived lack of interest in the quarterback position? Will John Elway consider Dwayne Haskins?
Are the Denver Broncos serious about Dwayne Haskins?
They might be after seeing just how serious Haskins was about his visit to Denver. Not even the Rockies showed up to play with the weather in Denver on Wednesday, but Haskins didn’t miss his top 30 visit with the three-time Super Bowl champions and the legend John Elway.
According to multiple reports, Haskins’ pre-draft visit with the Broncos happened on Wednesday, and considering the conditions, you’ve got to be impressed with the kid.
So just how serious are the Broncos about Haskins?
His visit with the team is really the first reported interaction between the two parties we’ve heard of. The Broncos did not meet with Haskins — or any of the expected first-round quarterbacks — at the Combine in Indianapolis.
There was no report of John Elway going to Haskins’ games this past season, though the Broncos undoubtedly had scouts watching Ohio State closely.
There was also no significant presence — Elway, Matt Russell, Rich Scangarello, or Vic Fangio — at Haskins’ pro day, which was apparently quite impressive.
Are the Broncos playing it coy with their interest in Haskins, or is his top 30 visit to Denver just a way to show teams they may be a threat to take him?
I’m not so sure.
Haskins is one of the best pocket passers in the 2019 NFL Draft class. He was a Heisman finalist this past season at Ohio State and put up video game numbers in his first year as the full-time starter.
Though Haskins doesn’t have the mobility Stephen A. Smith thinks he does, he’s a solid athlete and student of the game. Everyone who knows Haskins talks about the type of football nut this kid is, and the type of student he’s been since he was 12 years old.
Haskins could throw the ball 50 yards before he was a teenager according to Shawn Springs, who says he’s only played with two quarterbacks who were as good as Haskins — Warren Moon and Tom Brady.
That’s high praise for the Buckeyes star, who is expected to be a top 15 pick in the draft two weeks form now.
Though Haskins hasn’t been under center in college much, he would be an ideal candidate to sit and learn for a year before taking the reins of some team down the line. He doesn’t have the big arm of Drew Lock or Josh Allen last year, but Haskins makes all the throws and he’s accurate.
If the Broncos put him through an X’s and O’s test on his visit, he undoubtedly impressed. He showed an ability to read defenses as well as any first-year quarterback I’ve seen this past season.
Haskins is probably a little too underrated given his resumé, even though it’s only a year and change. His production and tools are every bit as good as Mitchell Trubisky’s, who went second overall in the 2017 NFL Draft to the Chicago Bears.
If the Broncos got Haskins at 10 overall or in the first round in general, it would be a great selection. Haskins doesn’t have a ton of experience, but his football IQ and tools are there, and his production this past year was off the charts.
Whatever quarterback the Broncos draft is going to be the guy who impressed them the most in their face-to-face meeting. Haskins has as good of a chance as any of these guys.