Brugler: Ohio State's Haskins among QBs to watch

Dwayne Haskins' best moment so far came in a relief effort vs. Michigan.Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

By Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

One of the most interesting draft-eligible quarterbacks to watch in 2018 threw only 57 passes last season.

NFLDraftScout.com senior analyst Dane Brugler, appearing this week on the Saturday 2 Sunday podcast, was asked to look ahead to the next class of quarterbacks, which isn't expected to rival this year's group that produced the top pick in the draft and four of the first 10 selections.

But Brugler did get excited when talking about the potential of Ohio State redshirt sophomore Dwayne Haskins, who is in line to replace J.T. Barrett as the Buckeyes' starter.

"We got to see just a glimpse of what he could do in the Michigan game last year, and now he's going to be the guy," Brugler said. "He's big. He's 6-3 1/2, 230 pounds. He moves really well and has a huge arm."

Haskins came off the bench at Michigan last season to replace an injured Barrett in the third quarter, completing 6 of 7 passes for 94 yards and also coming up with a 22-yard run to set up a touchdown to help the Buckeyes rally to a 31-20 victory.

Haskins, unlike Barrett, is a pro-style passer. When he signed with Ohio State in February 2016, coach Urban Meyer told Sports Illustrated that Haskins was "the best quarterback at his age I've ever seen."

Haskins emerged this spring from a three-way battle that was reduced to two when Joe Burrow announced his transfer earlier this month. Ohio State's backup will be dual threat Tate Martell.

Haskins ended up completing 40 of 57 passes for 565 yards, with four touchdowns and one interception, last season.

"I'm eager to see what Haskins can do," Brugler said. "There is a lot of talent there. We obviously don't know enough about him yet, but he's definitely on the short list of quarterbacks I'm intrigued with at this point."

When the NFLDraftScout.com staff picked a 2018 preseason college football All-America team -- based solely on pro potential -- the unanimous pick was Missouri senior Drew Lock.

Lock threw for 44 touchdowns last season.

"Drew Lock is going to be kind of the Josh Allen of this class -- a guy whose physical traits are there," Brugler said. "He's got a golden arm. He looks the part. But, again, he's underdeveloped in several key areas of playing the position, so what will he look like as a senior?"

While it's still early in the evaluation process as the draft focus shifts from 2018 to 2019, Brugler mentioned a couple of others he was interested to see through the college season.

"I really like Jarrett Stidham at Auburn," Brugler said of the redshirt junior. "There is a lot to like with what he brings to the table.

"I'm not as high on Will Grier as some are. I think he needs to take some big steps in his development at West Virginia. I'm eager to see what Shea Patterson does at Michigan. ... Could he finally be that quarterback that Jim Harbaugh has been hoping to land that could get Michigan over the hump?"

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