Landon Collins Thought Giants Would Draft Dwayne Haskins; Redskins 'Stole' QB

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 15, 2019

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 11: Dwayne Haskins Jr. #7 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass during Washington Redskins rookie camp on May 11, 2019 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Current Washington Redskins and former New York Giants safety Landon Collins didn't expect the Redskins to end up with quarterback Dwayne Haskins in the 2019 NFL draft.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Collins said on Wednesday's episode of RapSheet and Friends that he thought the Giants would select Haskins with the No. 6 overall pick. Instead, the Giants took Duke quarterback Daniel Jones.

Haskins ended up falling to Washington at 15th overall, and Collins said, "I thought we stole the best quarterback in the draft."

Collins spent the first four seasons of his career with the Giants and was named a Pro Bowler on three occasions before he signed a six-year, $84 million deal with the rival Redskins this offseason.

The highly regarded safety went from a Giants team in need of a successor to quarterback Eli Manning to a Redskins team with tons of question marks under center.

With Alex Smith's playing future in question after he suffered a compound leg fracture last season, the Redskins entered the draft with journeymen Case Keenum and Colt McCoy as their top quarterbacks.

Haskins completed 70.0 percent of his passes for 4,831 yards, 50 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and he finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting at Ohio State last season.

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Despite his huge numbers, Haskins was the third quarterback taken in the 2019 draft behind Jones and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray, who went first overall to the Arizona Cardinals.

Early returns are positive for the Redskins, as Haskins impressed during minicamp last week. According to ESPN.com's John Keim, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said: "It's been a treat. He's made some throws that turn your head without a doubt."

While Washington's selection of Haskins has been celebrated, the Giants' decision to take Jones with the sixth overall pick has largely been criticized.

Jones' collegiate numbers were modest compared to Haskins', as he completed 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards, 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

Haskins and Jones will be compared for years, since they are NFC East rivals and the Giants had the opportunity to take the Ohio State product.

It will likely take at least a few seasons before it is known who the superior signal-caller is, but Collins' vote is clear.

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