Peter King of NBC Sports had an interesting nugget about Dwayne Haskins and the Denver Broncos in his Monday column. Could Haskins be Denver’s pick?
This is the time of year to potentially buy draft nuggets you get from people in the know. That’s why Peter King’s Monday column (always worthy of a read) is particularly of interest with less than two weeks before the NFL Draft.
The Denver Broncos are picking 10th in the upcoming NFL Draft, and no one really knows what they’re going to do. It seems on some level they are pleased with Joe Flacco as the quarterback and would be satisfied pairing him with Kevin Hogan and a mid-round quarterback until they can get someone they covet in 2020.
That’s a possibility still.
The possibility of a quarterback with the 10th overall pick still exists as well, and according to King, we shouldn’t be surprised if that player is Dwayne Haskins.
From this 10 Things I Think I Think section:
"2. I think I won’t be shocked if Denver, at 10, drafts Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins.Peter King, NBC Sports"
Why is this such an interesting report? It comes after the Broncos had the weekend to digest their face-to-face meeting with Haskins, who reportedly impressed the team by wearing a classic John Elway jersey.
Not only was it an impressive move by Haskins to wear a classic no. 7, but it was also equally impressive that he prioritized the meeting with Denver by making it to the team facility despite the poor weather conditions. Even the Colorado Rockies postponed their game the day Haskins visited Denver.
One of the most accurate pocket passers in the 2019 class, Haskins is a top level talent just coming into his own. He only has a year and change of experience at the collegiate level, but his resumé is every bit as impressive as that of Mitchell Trubisky, who went second overall to the Chicago Bears just two years ago.
Trubisky showed a bit more speed in his pre-draft workouts, but Haskins put up huge numbers in his one year as a starter at Ohio State, and looks the part of a franchise quarterback. Everyone who knows him talks about what an incredible worker and student of the game he is.
The Broncos don’t currently have a quarterback of the future on the roster, despite John Elway saying Joe Flacco is in the prime of his career. It may not do wonders for Flacco’s psyche to have a rookie first-round pick like Haskins waiting in the wings, but nothing is guaranteed for Flacco beyond or even including this year.
His contract can be dumped at any time with no cap penalty for the Broncos.
If Denver is comfortable with Haskins as a possible franchise quarterback, they absolutely should take him with the 10th pick.
That possibility seems more and more likely by the day.