- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2019

ASHBURN — Redskins coach Jay Gruden said quarterback Dwayne Haskins will have the chance to compete for the starting job after Washington took him with the 15th overall pick.

Haskins started one season at Ohio State, and some analysts were concerned the 21-year-old would be ready to play right away in the NFL.

To win the starting job, Haskins will have to beat out Colt McCoy and Case Keenum. Alex Smith, who started 10 games last year, is recovering from a broken leg.

Gruden said he has to be patient with Haskins.

“We have to figure out the reps,” Gruden said. “We have quarterback competitions going out the ying yang right now. We both have Case here, we’re very happy that we have. He’s an experienced quarterback who’s done it. Colt’s been a guy who has been in on our system for a long time. He’s trying to come back from that (leg) injury. Now, we have Dwayne.

“So we have three quarterbacks in the building we feel good about.”

Gruden said Haskins was the No.1 quarterback on the team’s board. Haskins was the third signal-caller taken, falling after the Arizona Cardinals drafted Kyler Murray first overall and the New York Giants took Daniel Jones at No. 6.

At Ohio State, Haskins threw for 4,831 yards and 50 touchdowns — both Big Ten records.

“He’s got all the tools to be an exceptional quarterback in pro football,” Gruden said. “Now it’s a matter of getting him in the building, get him taught up the offense and going slow with him. We’re excited to have him.”

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