Why Dwayne Haskins is More Deserving of the No. 1 Pick than Kyler Murray

Last season, college football saw two first-year starting quarterbacks become the most exciting players in the country: Heisman winner Kyler Murray, and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. The two dominated every game they played in, as both Murray and Haskins surpassed 4800 total yards and 50 touchdowns for the season. Obviously, Haskins and Murray are the top two quarterback prospects of the upcoming draft, but who will be taken first?

It has been rumored that Kliff Kingsbury, now the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said that he would take Kyler Murray at No. 1 if he had the opportunity. Well, he does have that opportunity on April 25, as the Cards are first on the clock first. Although Murray is ranked behind Haskins on prospect boards, Murray, obviously, has the X factor and the athleticism to be great in the NFL. His Heisman year, and only collegiate year, was nothing short of dominating and remarkable. However, Dwayne Haskins is not only a safer pick, but a better one.

If you watched Ohio State last year, you saw an extremely flawed team. The offensive line struggled and had to battle through injury, the defense was inconsistent, and was flagged too often. Ohio State was simply carried by #7 all season.

Haskins finished the season with 4831 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns, both first in the country. Along with a 70.2% completion percentage, Haskins was dominant throughout the whole season, but more so in conference play. Dwayne played far tougher defenses than Oklahoma and Kyler Murray.

I’ve never  seen any quarterback, let alone a Buckeye QB, more accurate than Dwayne Haskins. Watching him all season, I felt confident in him throwing the ball downfield, something the Buckeyes haven’t had since Cardale Jones. Haskins’ mix of size and arm strength is just what the NFL calls for. Although he isn’t much of a scrambler, his awareness and ability to stay in the pocket and still make accurate throws makes him elite. Although Kyler Murray won the Heisman and had an impeccable year, Dwayne Haskins is above and beyond more NFL ready than any other quarterback in this years draft class.


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