The Raiders have closely watched Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. They appreciate his abilities as a smart and powerful smuggler and begin to know him during this preliminary process.
They met him at the 2018 NFL Scouting Combine. Mike Mayock and other Raiders staffers were present at the Ohio State Pro Day Wednesday morning to get an idea of Haskins, striker Nick Bosa, although he did not work, and several other Buckeyes worthy of the projects.
Most thought Haskins had a good day. Mayock, in particular, came out impressed.
"He started very well," said Mayock at NBC Sports Bay Area after the Ohio State Pro Day. "I thought he was organizing a show. I thought his receivers were making a show. It's typical of the state of Ohio. They did a great job. "
Mayock has already seen tons of Haskins tapes, but he considers it's important to watch the signal from the interlocutors.
"Sometimes you just want to see the kids live," said Mayock. "I believe it especially with the quarterbacks. You can watch every throwing of a guy, but you have to see him out of his hands. It was fun to watch Haskins today.
It will not be the last time before the NFL draft in 2019.
The Raiders have planned a private training with Haskins on the campus of the state of Ohio, according to ESPN. The Miami Dolphins will do the same, and he will eventually meet with Denver, Washington, and the New York Giants.
The Raiders are doing an intensive evaluation of the quarterback, as Jon Gruden has already announced. They had a good look at Missouri's Drew Lock, Daniel Jones of Duke and Ryan Finley of the state of North Carolina – a star of the same name – while coaching the Senior Bowl.
They met Kyler Murray of Oklahoma at the combine and offensive coordinator Greg Olson was on his professional day. A private training session with Murray is also planned.
Putting under microscopic control Haskins could be part of the due diligence when evaluating the quarterbacks, but it could be available when the Raiders choose the 4th place overall, unless the quarterback is very fast as during in recent years.
It's hard to say exactly, especially at a time when teams are installing smoke screens to cover their true intentions.
The Raiders should tackle their defensive line at # 4 and then again in the NFL project – this is by far the team's biggest need – but nothing is ever certain, Gruden making the decisions finals.
Gruden and Mayock congratulated Derek Carr at every turn. At this point, we're still expecting him to be the team's starting quarterback in 2019. It's a convincing year for Carr, who must show a growing pattern and of Gruden's production with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams at the head of the body of the receivers.
Haskins is a fascinating prospect with a cannon arm and a fearless game. He had 4,831 passing yards (!) And 50 touchdowns (!) Last season for Ohio State.
He should go early in the NFL Draft and the Raiders are in a position to take it. This is an option that simply can not be excluded at the moment, especially as the Raiders continue to know him better.
Mayock closely monitored several Buckeyes, including receivers Terry McLaurin – whom the Raiders coached him during his impressive week in the Senior Bowl – and Parris Campbell. Campbell could be a first or second round pick and retire from professional day work after suffering an injury.
"They did a great job, they steal," said Mayock, "I felt bad because Parris Campbell got up and could not go, but all the underdogs really helped themselves through the process. McLaurin ran 4.35 Campbell ran 4.31 The kid (Johnnie) Dixon ran in the 4.4s, there is a lot of speed.