With the NFL Draft just under a week away, the rumors and smoke screens are starting to come in abundance. One rumor that has circulated for almost the entire offseason, is the possibility of the Washington Redskins upending night one of the draft by selecting Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the second overall pick.
Even after taking Dwayne Haskins in last year’s draft, some scouts believe Tua’s talent is just too good to pass up. The rumor has lost some steam as of late, and it looks like Redskins All Pro safety Landon Collins has finally put the rumor to rest with his recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take.”
When asked about taking a fellow Alabama player in Tua, Collins responded with:
“Definitely would be a great, great asset to our team. But like I said, we addressed a first-round draft-pick quarterback last year. I think Tua would be a great aspect to our team, but we already have one. I think we should keep the guy we have now. Put our eggs in that basket because, I mean, when he’s prepared and he knows what he has to do on the field, he’s gun-slinging it, he’s pushing the ball downfield, he’s making plays. From that standpoint, that’s how I see it.”
Haskins had a pretty pedestrian rookie campaign. He started just seven games, including two of the team’s three wins. He completed 119 of 203 passes for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns to seven interceptions.
Obviously, the talent surrounding Haskins wasn’t very good and he also dealt with a head coach firing midway through the year. So given the circumstances he was dealt, it’s not fair to write Haskins off after what transpired last season.
With one of the team’s leaders endorsing him, Haskins clearly has the confidence on his teammates heading into his sophomore campaign. It should be exciting to see what he brings to the field in 2020.