Bosa goes second; Haskins taken 15th
Nick Bosa’s wait was predictably short. Dwayne Haskins Jr.’s was not.
About two hours after the San Francisco 49ers took Bosa with the second pick of the NFL draft Thursday night, Haskins’ hometown Washington Redskins selected the quarterback with the 15th pick.
Both players have reason to feel happy with their landing spots. In addition to staying close to home — his family lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland — Haskins steps into a situation where he’ll have a chance to play soon.
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Last year’s Redskins starter, Alex Smith, suffered a gruesome injury and his career is in doubt. Veteran Colt McCoy and Case Keenum are the other Washington quarterbacks.
The 15th pick was about as low as any mock drafts projected for Haskins. After Arizona took Kyler Murray with the first pick, the New York Giants pulled a surprise by taking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth pick. Several other teams with possible quarterback needs also bypassed Haskins.
“To be honest, I’m more motivated than ever,” Haskins told Redskins media. “There’s a bigger chip on my shoulder. The league done messed up.”
His disappointment over that was tempered by his excitement about playing close to home.
“To think I started here in high school and I didn’t have a chance to go to Maryland,” he said. “Now I’m about to come back to the area, and we’re going to do it right this time.”
Haskins did commit to the University of Maryland before changing his mind and signing with Ohio State after the Terrapins made a coaching change.
Haskins had a spectacular season in 2018, his only year as Buckeyes starter. He broke 28 Ohio State and seven Big Ten records, including single-season marks for touchdowns (50) and passing yardage (4,831), and was a Heisman Trophy finalist.
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.
Bosa’s selection by the 49ers was widely expected.
“When I visited the Niners, I knew I wanted to go there,” Bosa told 49ers media. “I knew they were an unbelievable fit for me — a 4-3, pass-rushing, edge-setting defense. It’s exactly what I’ve been doing all my life.”
The selection caps a roller coaster year for Bosa. He was regarded as the top defensive player in college football entering last season and was on his way to living up to that billing. He had four sacks and a forced fumble in his first three games, but in that third game he sustained a bilateral core muscle tear against TCU.
The injury required surgery and a months-long recovery. When it became clear that a return to the Buckeyes was unrealistic, Bosa decided to leave Ohio State and prepare for the draft.
“It was the year that I been waiting for my whole career,” Bosa said at the NFL combine. “I kind of split reps my freshman and sophomore year. Coming in, I was going to be the guy. I started strong my first three games; it just got torn away from me. It’s something that I’ll always think back to.”
Bosa had 17½ sacks and 29 tackles for loss in only 30 career games with the Buckeyes.
Bosa’s brother Joey was the third pick of the 2016 draft. The Bosas’ father, John, was taken with the 16th pick of the 1987 draft by Miami. A year later, the Dolphins also used the 16th selection to take the Bosas’ uncle, former Buckeye Eric Kumerow.
With two first-round picks, Ohio State ties Southern California for the most all-time by any college with 81.