NFL Draft 2019: Dwayne Haskins says ‘league done messed up’ letting him slide to Redskins

Top QB prospect Dwayne Haskins has sights set on Giants: 'New York would be a dream spot for me'

Dwayne Haskins is not happy he slid to the Redskins at the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

In fact, the quarterback out of Ohio State believes NFL teams made a mistake by letting him fall outside the top 10. Haskins said Thursday he will use the slide as motivation going forward and he wants to prove to other teams that he should’ve gone earlier.

“I’m more motivated than ever, there’s a bigger chip on my shoulder, the league done messed up,” Haskins said (via “I’m right down the street, so we’re going to do it right this time. So it’s crazy.”

There had been speculation that Haskins would go as the second quarterback after Kyler Murray, who went first overall to the Cardinals, and that the Redskins were working to trade up so they could take Haskins. But he ended up being selected after Daniel Jones went sixth overall to the Giants and several other teams in need of quarterbacks passed on him.

Coach Jay Gruden said Thursday Haskins will have the chance to compete for the starting position. The 21-year-old will be up against Case Keenum and Colt McCoy for the starting job as Alex Smith is expected to miss the entire 2019 season after suffering a gruesome leg injury last season.

“Well, if you are a 15th pick of the draft, I think you have to give him the opportunity, without a doubt,” Gruden said. “We feel good about the guys we have in the building for sure, but when you take a guy in the first round, you have to give him a chance to compete. That’s just the way it is, just the way pro football is.

“A quarterback that has performed like he has in one year of playing football is quite astonishing, actually. He’s got all the tools to be an exceptional quarterback in pro football. Now it’s a matter of getting him in the building. Get him caught up with the offense. Going slow with him. We’re excited to have him. Great kid, great player. Very smart. We feel really good where he is as a player. Where he’s going.”

Haskins, who went to high school in Maryland, only played one season as a starter at Ohio State but completed 70 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting and was a third-team All-American. 

“I had one year in college and I feel like I showed all I could as far as one year,” Haskins said. “I broke a lot of records and did a lot of great things. I feel like I did a lot of stuff that showed that I can be able to translate to the NFL. Just being able to do what I did at a high level, it was the right choice for me to make that change to go to the pros.”