Comps – Low/Medium/High
C.J. Beathard (Low) – Mark Sanchez (Medium) – Matthew Stafford (High)
One of the highest billed quarterbacks in this class, Haskins has great physical tools that helped him tear apart college competition. Although he was only a single season starter in a system that didn’t do his skill set justice, Haskins put together a historic performance as quarterback of the Ohio State Buckeyes. He has the arm talent to make throws from a variety of platforms without losing any steam on his passes. That steam doesn’t dip when he begins to drive the ball further down the field, and passes arrive in a timely manner at every level of the field. This ability to put the ball anywhere in terms of distance will have teams swooning, but his deep accuracy is particularly concerning. Haskins struggles to find his targets in stride, frequently overthrowing his man by several yards. His throws lack touch and aren’t placed with consideration for the angle the ball takes. It’s fastball or nothing, which gives defensive backs opportunities to get into the play. His accuracy working throws underneath is pinpoint, but the dropoff is immediate and damaging as the field gets longer. It’s also apparent when Haskins is forced to operate from uneven platforms. While the throws don’t lose their heat, the placement becomes erratic, if not uncatchable. One of the main building blocks with Haskins’ game is his ability to manipulate the pocket and find a good place to deliver. His ability to relocate away from pressure stands out amongst his peers, as few quarterbacks in the class show similar refinement. Haskins isn’t quick enough to make plays outside of the pocket often. That said, he has scrambling acumen as long as the holes present themselves easily. Mechanics are one of the largest concerns with his game overall, as Haskins does not stay true to a particular arm path in his shorter attempts. His setup is a bit sloppy and disjointed between the upper and lower halves. Surprisingly this disconnect did not affect his aim.
Reads & Decisions
Unafraid of testing shots downfield, and lets it rip without hesitation. Brutally misutilized in Urban Meyer’s offense; had to run options and dumpoffs instead of attacking across the field. Did not frequently go through progressions, but Washington game showed promise. Unphased when things break down around him. Won’t ruin his process in an attempt to avoid a big hit. Makes some anticipatory throws, but will need growth in that area as a pro. Rhythm thrower who needs to stay on schedule to keep the offense moving. Likes locking onto his first read; stares them down through the play. Not prepared for NFL game speed at the moment. Decision-making process was often delegated elsewhere. Limited improvisational potential. Night and day performances to finish out the season.
Accuracy & Ball Placement
Throws an accurate ball with adequate lead in the short game. Placement tends to fall off of a cliff when he is forced to throw off platform. More of a fastball thrower than a touch thrower; still learning to recalculate his passes and slot them over linebackers. One of the better spot throwers in the class between the hashes; makes defenders work overtime in man coverage if they want a piece of the ball. Natural accuracy in the intermediate isn’t off the charts, but it’s far up there. Deep ball strays from the mark and forces his receiver to extend to the end of their catch radius. Baffling moments of misplacement on some of his nine balls. Can’t alter trajectories or arc the ball without overshooting his target. Lack of control is disconcerting; too much deviation plagues his game.
Pocket Awareness & Scrambling
Does not have the athleticism to make plays with his legs beyond the typical scramble up the middle. Poised in the pocket; climbs into open space and holds steady through the waves. Recognizes pressure as soon as it begins to break through. Hasn’t mastered maneuvering himself around the backfield, but has plenty of moments of complete clarity with his adjustments. Eyes don’t drop when forced to work towards the sidelines; keeps searching for options as a passer. Excellent at making small shifts in his position to open up passing lanes. Option plays at Ohio State were pure ineptitude from the coaching staff given his skill set. Willing to grab yardage on the ground if given clear lanes to run through. Protects himself well from hits. Rollouts are rough. Not strong.
Mechanics & Throwing Motion
Tries to swing wide and correct his aim manually. Release has some abnormalities; ball is forced out of his hand, not released. Release point changes for no discernible reason. Arm speed is more than adequate; ball comes out with immediacy. Subtle footwork adjustments get him pointed in the right direction, but he isn’t precise with it. Approach isn’t ground up. Mechanical concerns are only prominent when working underneath; everything comes together nicely for deep throws. Spiral rarely wavers despite awkward release. Compact frame helps to avoid timing issues. Doesn’t seem to have accuracy breakdowns as a result of variance. Drops are crisp without any wasted movement. Feet stay bouncing and ready to adjust at any moment. Throws himself into the motion.
Has the gas to deliver passes to every level of the field. Delivers to the far side with impunity thanks to physical gifts. Can send it 50+ yards downfield without a windup. Ball gets plenty of rotations all the way to the landing spot; throws don’t die out on the way to the target. Might as well have smoke coming off the ball when he throws an intermediate ball between the hashes. Able to hit any window asked of him from a pure arm talent perspective. Cuts through the wind like a hot knife through butter when he really goes for a dart. Still gets juice on his throws even when throwing from a shaky platform. Consistency issues with his base can create problems with ball velocity and distance. Power generation does not start from the bottom.