It’s no secret that the Washington Redskins are in search of their future franchise quarterback. The Redskins front office have a handful of options within the 2019 draft class, including Kyler Murray, Drew Lock and Daniel Jones.
Even more notably, there’s Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins Jr., who is not only a projected Top 10 pick but started his journey to the NFL in the Redskins’ backyard.
Moving from New Jersey to the D.C. area to attend the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., if it wasn’t for former Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, Haskins may not be where he is today.
“He needed to play against better competition,” Springs said in NBC Sports Washington’s ‘I Am the Prospect’ feature after meeting Haskins at a young age at a passing camp in the Jersey area.
“So, one day I was just like, ‘Mr. Haskins you should come down to the Washington D.C. area and watch a football game,'” Springs said.
That football game between Good Council and Gilman included three players by the names of Stefon Diggs, who now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, Kendall Fuller, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Cyrus Jones, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens.
“I remember Dwayne just watching them, checking it out and he was just like,’is this college?,'”Springs said.
What built from there was a mentorship between Haskins Jr. and Springs that would last long past his days at the Bullis School.
Bunting presents an interesting player for the Chiefs because their positioning represents the bookends for his likely draft stock. Bunting is often considered one of the second-tier corners available in the draft—an unlikely first round prospect whose draft stock has soared in recent months. Consequently, Bunting could come off the board earlier in the second round. For the Chiefs, it means picking at or near the end of every round becomes problematic for a tweener value like Bunting.
The bottom line is that the Chiefs need to likely strike early if they really want Bunting. If Veach believes he’s going to provide some real talent and competition alongside Kendall Fuller, Bashaud Breeland, Tremon Smith and Charvarius Ward, then he needs to simply be decisive and take him. Then again this could be a good time to trade back and pick up an extra pick in the draft’s middle rounds, especially if it adds a pick on Day
“When Springs came into my life, I knew he was a person that can give me the keen insight of really giving Dwayne the opportunity to be in position to have a very effective role model and a mentor to steer us in the right direction if he had the ability to play at the next level,” Haskins Jr.’s father, Dwayne Haskins Sr. said.
Haskins would also follow in Springs’ footsteps playing at Ohio State, his dream school as a kid, after previously committing to the University of Maryland. In just one year as their starter, Haskins threw 50 touchdowns and claimed the school’s records for total offense in a single season (4,831), total passing yards in a game (470) and total offensive yards in a game (477) to name a few. That was enough for him to declare for the NFL Draft.
“I just shared my experience with him,” Springs said. “That was a decision that only he could make and that he could make with his family. I told him I would support him either way, I get it. And he was mature enough to make that decision.”
All of Haskins’ hard work will pay off in a little over a week when he receives a phone call from one of the 32 general managers around the league. Whether he lands back in the D.C. area or not, Springs is confident he’ll be able to contribute in the NFL for a very long time.
“Any team or organization that draft Dwayne will realize they got a franchise quarterback for the next 10 to 15 years,” Springs added.
The Kansas City Chiefs continue to host NFL Draft prospects in anticipation of the big event at the end of April. On Wednesday, the team hosted Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting at Arrowhead Stadium for a pre-draft visit.
The Chiefs have been linked to Bunting already this offseason, not only in mock drafts done by NFL analysts, but the team has also checked him out at CMU’s pro day as one of several teams on hand.