Shocker: They love his arm and overall passing ability.
Haskins cuts the profile of your standard NFL drop-back quarterback, but I also found it notable they recognize his strong support system.
I see that as a good and important point given the reasonable concerns about his overall experience level (“Lacks in-game adversity challenges”). That will be important since some team will probably take him and throw him to the wolves.
To me, questions about Haskins can’t be answered at the combine, but if he has great workouts perhaps teams decide he is more athletic than he sometimes appears on film (especially since he was not willing to run early in the season) and he moves closer to the No, 1 pick than say No. 10.
His game gained some versatility later in the season, so there’s great potential.
He has great self confidence so little reason to believe early struggles will break him as happens with some young QBs, but there will almost certainly be growing pains because he just needs to see more coverages, get more reps and refine his feel for the little things like touch on throws and timing on intermediate routes. (They take issue with the latter, but it’s not something that stuck out to me. Maybe he was a little late sometimes but made up for it with the velocity.)
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Another random thought from me; Haskins might be a good example of the value of making guys draft-able but also able to stay in school so he could refine his game without compromising earning potential.
Obviously, he passes the look test: “Sawed-off frame with Venice Beach musculation throughout.”
Not surprisingly, they are big on his strength, motor and how he uses his hands.
(The later is proof of what Larry Johnson can do for even a five-star prospect coming out of high school.)
Also cite his versatility thanks to playing inside early in his career but (perhaps curiously) want him to make more tackles.
Of course the combine gives him the opportunity to prove he is fully recovered from core muscle surgery that ended his season in September.
Despite rating him as a potential Pro Bowler, NFL.com is concerned about his twitch and quickness, so perhaps the three-cone drill would make him look like an even better prospect. (More of a sure thing as the No. 1 prospect, I guess?)
They also say he is less flexible in the hips than brother Joey, whose a little taller and longer.
Both Bosas eat, sleep and breathe football, which personnel people obviously love.
They like his general running back ability but imply he lacks extra stuff in his game to be a difference-maker.
Has good vision and runs hard but isn’t necessarily quick enough or big enough to exploit cuts he sees and does not “stack moves”.
Also lacks breakaway speed.
To me he showed more zip this year than last so I wonder if he’s still on the upswing even though we generally regard guys with his experience level a finished product. (They often aren’t.)
Might have a little more room to grow, and he is a great example of someone who is good enough to stick around the league for a long time (especially if he improves just a tad) or be out early if he isn’t healthy or just doesn’t find the right situation.
So here’s another guy who perhaps with an exceptional workout can get teams to look at his tape again and perhaps spin his abilities more positively.
Also think he will interview well and is someone who loves to play and will put in the work.
A three-year starter who is still young, he has everything but ideal quickness, including room to grow.
Versatility helps on draft day, but I think he’s a guard.
I see him continuing to develop physically and becoming a dominant guard who has the length to play outside in a pinch.
Other than quickness, the flaws they cite (“Wide first step causes him to overshoot his mark,” “Strikes and sinks feet rather than improving positioning,” and “Opens pathway for delayed blitzes when looking for work.”) can mostly be fixed.
Put it all together and agree he’s a 2nd or 3rd round pick.