TDN Scouting - Better 2020 Outlook: Daniel Jones or Dwayne Haskins?

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It seems like the 2020 NFL Draft just happened, but we move fast here at The Draft Network.

Currently going through summer evaluations for the 2021 NFL Draft class, our scouting team of Kyle Crabbs, Joe Marino, Jordan Reid, and Drae Harris are meeting up every day to discuss prospects, traits, and concepts. New to TDN is a daily scouting roundtable where we go through and identify the most important points of conversation from that day’s meeting.

Recently, our staff began to go through their NFL assessments, starting at the quarterback position. One of the main points debated was which sophomore QB should rank higher: Dwayne Haskins or Daniel Jones?

The Case for Jones

After being taken with the sixth overall pick in 2019, Jones did a lot to prove the doubters wrong in his rookie year, accumulating more than 3,000 passing yards and 24 touchdowns in his rookie campaign. Still, leading the league with 30 turnover-worthy plays, development is still needed, especially against zone coverage. Crabbs pointed out as much during our TDN discussion.

“I don’t know if you’ve seen Jones’ splits vs. man coverage compared to zone coverage, but it’s the most incredible thing I've seen in my entire life. Against man coverage, he had 20 touchdowns and three interceptions, and against zone coverage, he had four touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was brutal against zone and got trapped (virtually) every series. But watching him, I did have an appreciation for his arm and the shots he took downfield. They opened up the offense a little bit in the second half of the season and he looked pretty good. The foundation there is really strong.” - Crabbs

The Case for Haskins

Unlike Jones, Haskins took awhile before he was able to get on the field as a rookie. Throwing seven touchdowns and seven interceptions in limited time, he struggled in a fairly noticeable way—even given his less-than-ideal supporting cast. Still, as Crabbs makes sure to note, the future seems bright in D.C.

“I was pleasantly surprised in a lot of ways. Outside of the raw numbers, I thought he handled pressure situations fairly well, made some plays happen with his legs, and was comfortable throwing around bodies in the pocket. My issue with him, though, was that his processor was slow. You could tell he was struggling to process everything he was being asked after the snap and at the end of the day, he just found excuses to feed (former OSU teammate) Terry McLaurin the ball. I don’t think he necessarily operated from a reads perspective at a high level, but (Haskins) took care of the ball and took the right kinds of risks.” - Crabbs

The Verdict

Although Crabbs was the only one to fully evaluate each, all of our analysts got a vote on which quarterback they prefer in 2020. Marino sided with Haskins, while both Crabbs and Reid voted for Jones.

“I had a higher grade on Haskins compared to Jones, and based on year one and what Kyle had to say about each, I’d (still) take Haskins.” - Marino

“Jones wasn’t bad last year, he just needs to clean up the turnovers. That’s the biggest issue with him, which is (mostly) a product of holding on to the ball too long. I thought he was better than Haskins, though.” - Reid

“I think Jones getting the full body of work (in 2019) is more promising for him taking steps forward (in 2020). Obviously, I think Haskins (and Washington) will be in good shape in the long run, but I think when forecasting for the here and now, Jones (has the advantage). If he can just be average (against) zone coverage it would be huge, because he had some really nice tight window throws against man coverage last season.” - Crabbs

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Carter Donnick

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