Ohio State Quarterback Dwayne Haskins Declares for 2019 NFL Draft

By Dan Hope on January 7, 2019 at 2:36 pm
Dwayne Haskins

After rewriting the school record books in his lone season as Ohio State's starting quarterback, Dwayne Haskins is taking his game to the next level.

The Heisman Trophy finalist and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year announced Monday that he is declaring for the 2019 NFL draft, forgoing his final two years of eligibility at Ohio State.

Haskins is widely projected to be the first quarterback selected in this year's draft, and to be the first Ohio State quarterback selected in the first round of the draft since Art Schlichter was the No. 4 overall pick in the 1982 NFL draft.

In his only season starting for the Buckeyes, Haskins broke the Big Ten and school records for both passing yards and passing touchdowns, all the while leading Ohio State to a 13-1 season, a conference title and a Rose Bowl win. He completed 70 percent of his passing attempts for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns with only eight interceptions.

With Haskins' departure for the NFL, Ohio State is set to have a three-way competition for the starting quarterback job this spring between Tate Martell, Matthew Baldwin and Justin Fields, who arrived at Ohio State this past weekend as a transfer from Georgia. Fields will likely enter the spring as the frontrunner for the starting job, but will need to receive a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to gain immediate eligibility.

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