First round: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I ran four different simulations before making this mock draft final, and in all four, Haskins was available with the 10th overall pick. That doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, but I didn’t just roll the dice until there was a Yahtzee on the board, either.
Haskins is in line to be the second or third quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft behind Kyler Murray and possibly Drew Lock.
With Murray expected gone in the top four picks (I still think he’s the top pick overall), the next destination for Haskins would be the Giants at pick no. 6 overall unless someone jumps them at 5.
The Broncos could also sit at 10 and find Haskins sitting on the board like last year when Josh Allen and Josh Rosen were both still on the board for them, though people thought it was only going to be Allen, if any of them.
Haskins took his pre-draft visit to Denver and impressed the coaching staff in more ways than just by wearing a retro John Elway jersey.
Peter King wrote in his Monday column that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Broncos took Haskins at 10, and it felt like momentum had shifted as of last week.
Haskins doesn’t have as big of an arm as Drew Lock, nor does he have the four years of experience, but he did look awesome this past year as a Heisman finalist with Ohio State, and people who know Haskins speak very highly of his leadership qualities, ability to digest a playbook, read coverages, and gain an advantage mentally.
Haskins has the tools of a franchise quarterback, but will his poor 40-yard dash time scare teams off? I’m not so sure. The Broncos have been seeking a pocket passer and Haskins might be the best in the class at picking defenses apart from the pocket.