Dwayne Haskins Jr. needed only 14 starts to become the first Ohio State quarterback to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft in 39 years. 

Haskins capped his rapid rise from Ohio State backup to potential franchise quarterback on Thursday night when the Washington Redskins selected him with the 15th pick of the draft.

Not since Art Schlichter was taken with the fourth pick of the 1982 draft by the Baltimore Colts has a Buckeyes quarterback been chosen in the first round. In fact, no quarterback from the Big Ten has been a first-rounder since Kerry Collins in 1995.

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A year ago, Haskins would have been a longshot to end that drought. He gave a glimpse of his ability when he rallied Ohio State to victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor in the 2017 regular-season finale as a redshirt freshman.

Haskins then staved off a challenge by Joe Burrow during the following spring to become the starter. Burrow transferred to LSU, and Haskins never looked back. Aided by an experienced group of receivers, Haskins showed he could make every conceivable throw in becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist.

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He played his best down the stretch. In victories over Michigan, Northwestern in the Big Ten title game and Washington in the Rose Bowl, he threw for 14 touchdowns with only one interception.

For the season, Haskins broke 28 Ohio State and seven Big Ten records, including season marks for touchdowns (50) and passing yardage (4,831).

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