Dwayne Haskins is going pro, and the Giants could be waiting for him.
The Ohio State third-year sophomore, considered this year’s top quarterback prospect, officially declared for the NFL Draft on Monday.
The Giants hold the No. 6 overall pick and need a long-term solution at QB with the future of Eli Manning, 38, up in the air entering the final year of his contract. And Haskins, 21, who grew up in nearby Highland Park, N.J., has said before he’d be excited to play for Big Blue.
In December, when a Chicago Tribune reporter told Haskins that the Giants will need a QB and could be a great landing spot for his career, Haskins replied: “I’m hoping for that, too.”
Giants GM Dave Gettleman last week would not answer what his ‘ideal’ QB scenario was for 2019, “because I don’t know what the field is right now.” But Haskins’s declaration clarifies the top of the 2019 QB field, which is much less heralded than last year’s, which saw five quarterbacks selected in the first round.
Despite that clarity, the Giants may have to trade up if they want Haskins. The Oakland Raiders (No. 4) could be a surprise suitor if they move on from Derek Carr, as could the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 5), though they say they’re committed to Jameis Winston. And even if those commitments hold to form, QB-needy teams such as the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 7) and Denver Broncos (No. 10) could be poised to leapfrog the Giants.
The 6-3, 220-pound Buckeye standout is coming off an impressive 28-23 Rose Bowl win over Washington in which Haskins completed 25-of-37 passes (67.6 percent) for 251 yards, three touchdowns and no turnovers for a 151.3 QB rating.
Haskins already had received a first-round grade from the NFL’s college personnel advisory board. And then with his Rose Bowl performance and Oregon junior Justin Herbert’s decision to stay in school, Haskins’s path to being the clear top QB this spring made his decision to go pro.
“Buckeye Nation, I would like to thank you for everything,” Haskins wrote in his announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon. “You have made this experience a blessing. As a young kid, I had dreams of playing at The Ohio State since the age of 10 years old. God has blessed me with an opportunity to go achieve another dream. The NFL.
“After many thoughts and prayers with family and close friends, I have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL draft,” he added. “To my coaches, teammates and friends that I’ve made at this prestigious university, THANK YOU! To Buckeye Nation, what an unbelievable experience. I love this university and will support it for the rest of my life. Sincerely, Dwayne Haskins.”