Haskins Compares Ohio State To Bengals, Browns

Dwayne Haskins believes that Ohio State prepared him for the NFL – and not just on the field

Tiki and Tierney
February 01, 2019 - 4:15 pm

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Dwayne Haskins was only the starting quarterback at Ohio State for one season, but he believes that was enough to prepare him for the NFL.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” Haskins said on Tiki & Tierney. “I feel like I was ready to make that jump to the pros, but I also know I have a lot of work to do to keep getting better. But I’m excited for the future. The sky’s the limit for me.”

NFL Draft experts would agree. In fact, many analysts consider Haskins the top quarterback prospect in this year’s class. The Maryland native threw for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and only eight interceptions this season, leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record, a Big Ten title, and a Rose Bowl win over Washington.

Haskins believes that being the quarterback at Ohio State prepared him for leading an NFL franchise.

“Being a quarterback at Ohio State is like kind of being more famous than being the Bengals or the Browns’ quarterback – until Baker came,” Haskins said. “Being in that state, how passionate the fans are, just realizing that you have the whole state of Ohio counting on you to win the game every Saturday – if you don’t win, it’s a bad week.”

Ohio State started 7-0 this past season before losing at Purdue, 49-20. It was a stunning loss, but the Buckeyes went 6-0 the rest of the way, with wins over Michigan, Michigan State, and Northwestern, among others.

Haskins knows there will be losses in the NFL, but he feels he’ll know how to respond to them.

“It kind of is what is, like in the NFL,” he said. “Having the opportunity to learn this year – and learn my first two years behind J.T. Barrett and watch how he learned and how he dealt with the highs and lows of being the starting quarterback – (really helped).”