New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins Takes the Lead in Quarterback Race

Jan 1, 2019; Pasadena, CA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to pass against the Washington Huskies in the first half in the 2019 Rose Bowl at Rose Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have been back and forth on their analysis of quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins and Kyler Murray. During the NFL combine, Haskins participated in throwing drills showing off his arm and elite accuracy. Murray chose to wait for the comfort of his Pro Day to be evaluated, ensuring that his stock could only rise from there.

The New York Giants are high on Haskins’ abilities:

The Oklahoma passer took the hypothetical lead in the race to be the Giants’ next QB, but after an impressive outing at the Ohio State Pro Day, Haskins seems to have retaken the lead. Extreme touch, a hint of mobility, and accuracy beyond your wildest dreams have propelled the Buckeye into the limelight.

Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdown passes last season, progressing consistently throughout the season in his first year as a starter. The Giants have been all over the pure pocket passer lately, taking him out to dinner with a slew of front office executives and influential coaches.

Head coach Pat Shurmur was part of the group that enjoyed the outing with Haskins, and according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network, the attendees were very impressed with the quarterback’s professionalism and intelligence.

Both Haskins and Murray have vastly different skill-sets – the former is a pocket passer that can operate an offense between the tackles, while the latter relies on his feet to make plays but also has impressive arm talent. Essentially, the decision at QB comes down to the direction Shurmur wants to take the offense.

How did Dwayne Haskins perform at his Pro Day?

To start the event, Haskins hits his man in stride toward the boundary, only where he can make the catch. One thing I noticed about this specific route was the difficulty of it and the confidence Haskins must have to attempt this during his Pro Day. Most passers will opt for more simple routes to guarantee success, but Haskins attacks the challenge and put the ball right on the money.

Here’s a 55-yard throw right on the money in the endzone. Haskins is hitting every throw, showing why he’s prepared to take the next step to the NFL.

One thing that excites me the most is Haskins’ potential with the Giants. Sitting behind Eli Manning for a season and learning how to be a professional and prepare at the NFL level will help him develop his intangibles that much more. There’s no doubt that he has the physical tools to succeed, but more often than not it comes down to preparation and execution.