Why Big Ten analyst is so impressed with Dwayne Haskins

Ben Krimmel
May 17, 2019 - 2:03 pm

Redskins fans have a reason to be leery of falling in love with a first-round quarterback.

But, they should resist the temptation to become too cynical and enjoy the moment. Enjoy learning about this year's 15th overall pick Dwayne Haskins.

Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo, who broke down film with Haskins while he was at Ohio State, told The Sports Junkies he was impressed with Haskins "understanding of the protections, coverages, his ability to communicate."

WATCH: Dwayne Haskins film session

"Every time we would talk about a route, he would start with protections and that's unusual, I think," DiNardo said about the film session. "When I asked him about it he said, 'When I was in high school, I did nothing with protections. I didn't know what was going on.' But Ryan Day, who was his position coach at Ohio State at the time, they spent all of the offseason learning protections and talking about it, so that was impressive.

"His knowledge about the game and the way he could communicate really impressed me the most," he told 106.7 The Fan.

Haskins also received praise from DiNardo for being a good teammate at Ohio State, his arm strength, and his pocket composure.

"What changed from J.T. (Barrett) to Dwayne Haskins in the Ohio State offense is Dwayne's ability to throw the ball vertically. He's got a terrific touch," DiNardo said Friday. "You also notice when he's in the pocket his eyes never go to the protections, his eyes only look at the coverage.

"If you're worried about the pressure, if you're worried about getting hit, your eyes go, instead of to the coverage, to the pass rush. His eyes never went there. His eyes always went downfield into the secondary."  

The hardest part for Haskins adjusting to the NFL? The off-the-field scrutiny and media attention, DiNardo said, not the jump to a more NFL-style offense.

"I think the mental jump may be less nowadays than it was a generation ago," he said. "But you see more pro teams playing the college game offensively than ever before."

However, DiNardo did say Haskins will have to get used to consistently calling plays in the huddle, especially with NFL plays having more intense "verbiage" than that used in college.

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