- Apr 11, 2009
- Reaction score
- Greensboro, NC
For Immediate Release
April 25, 2018
REDSKINS DRAFT QB DWAYNE HASKINS
AND LB MONTEZ SWEAT IN THE FIRST ROUND
LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. â€“ The Washington Redskins selected quarterback Dwayne Haskins (No. 15 overall) and linebacker Montez Sweat (No. 26 overall) in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
It is the first time the Redskins have drafted two players in the first round since the 2005 NFL Draft when the organization selected Auburn's CB Carlos Rodgers (No. 9 overall) and QB Jason Campbell (No. 25 overall).
Haskins (6-3, 220), played two seasons at Ohio State University, where he appeared in 22 career games, and was named a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2018. In his career, Haskins totaled 5,602 total offensive yards, including 5,408 passing yards and 194 rushing yards. He connected on 410-of-587 pass attempts (69.8 completion percentage), with 54 passing touchdowns and a 174.53 passing efficiency.
Last season, he set 28 Ohio State records and seven Big Ten Conference records, including single season passing yards (4,831), touchdown passes (50) and total offensive yards (4,939). Haskins also set a Big Ten record for most offensive player of the week awards with six. He was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a 13-1 record. Haskins started 14 games completing 370-of-530 pass attempts (69.8 completion percentage) averaging 9.1 yards per pass and 345.9 passing yards per game. He also added four rushing touchdowns.
In 2017, Haskins completed 40-of-57 pass attempts (70.1 completion percentage) for 565 yards and four passing touchdowns. He averaged 9.9 yards per pass attempt and 70.6 yards per game and finished the season with a 173.09 passing efficiency.
Haskins, 21, attended the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., where he registered 5,308 yards passing and 54 touchdowns in his career. He was named a first team consensus All-Maryland quarterback his senior year after completing 170-of-286 pass attempts for 2,217 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was rated a Top 5 pro-style quarterbacks in his class. He earned Washington Post All-Metro and Interstate Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors. He was born May 3, 1997.
Sweat (6-6, 245) played in 26 career games at Mississippi State University from 2017-18, compiling 101 tackles (48 solo), 29.5 tackles for loss, 22.0 sacks, a forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He earned first-team All-SEC honors by both the Associated Press and coaches in each of his two seasons in Starkville. He was a 2019 Senior Bowl selection after leading the Bulldogs in sacks for a consecutive season.
As a senior last season, Sweat received first-team honors by the Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Phil Steele. He appeared in 13 games and collected 53 tackles (27 solo), 14.0 tackles for loss, with 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
In his junior season, Sweat started all 13 games in which he appeared leading Mississippi State with 10.5 sacks. He totaled 48 tackles (21 solo) and contributed 15.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery.
A year earlier, he appeared in 12 games as a true freshman, tallying 20 tackles (nine solo) and 1.5 tackles for loss.
Sweat, 22, attended Stephenson H.S. in Stone Mountain, Ga., where recorded 33 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss with 1.0 sack. He helped lead Stephenson to a 9-3 record and the round of 16 in the Georgia high school state playoffs. He was born Sept. 4, 1996.
NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF DWAYNE HASKINS
â€¢ Haskins is the 475th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 30th first-round selection in that time frame. He is the 61st first-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
â€¢ The selection of Haskins, marks the third time in the last five years that Redskins have selected an offensive player in the first round, joining selections of G Brandon Scherff (2015) and WR Josh Doctson (2016). It marks the team's first time making three offensive first-round selection in that length of time since the 2000-02 drafts, when the team selected T Chris Samuels (2000), WR Rod Gardner (2001) and QB Patrick Ramsey (2002).
â€¢ Haskins becomes the first quarterback selected by the Redskins in the first round since the team drafted Baylor's Robert Griffin III in 2012.
â€¢ Haskins is the 17th player from Ohio State University selected by the Redskins all time, joining C Steve Andrako (1940), E Cy Sounders (1945), B Vic Janowicz (1952), T Julius Wittman (1952), G George Rosso (1954), T Fran Machinsky (1956), T George Tolfold (1961), G Mike Ingram (1961), FB Tom Barrington (1966), E Ron Sepic (1967), RB Rich Galbos (1973), T Henry Brown (1988), G Tim Moxley (1990) and WR Evan Spencer (2015).
â€¢ With Haskins selection, Ohio State tied Michigan State (17) for the seventh-most draft selections in Redskins history.
â€¢ Haskins becomes the first Ohio State product to be selected by the Redskins in the first round in franchise history and the highest pick from the institution since drafting FB Tom Barrington in the 1966 NFL Draft.
â€¢ Haskins is the first Big Ten Conference product selected by the Redskins in the first round since G Brandon Scherff in 2015. He is the seventh Big Ten product selected by the Redskins in the first round in the Common Draft era, joining DT Bobby Wilson (1991), WR Desmond Howard (1992), T Andre Johnson (1996), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011) and Brandon Scherff (2015).
â€¢ With the selection, Haskins becomes the fourth player selected all-time with the No.15 overall pick, joining B Eddie Salem (1951), B Joe Hernandez (1962) and WR Rod Gardner (2001).
NOTES ON THE SELECTION OF MONTEZ SWEAT
â€¢ Sweat is the 476th selection made by the Redskins in the Common Draft era (since 1967) and the 31st first-round selection in that time frame. He is the 62nd first-round selection by the Redskins all-time since the institution of the draft in 1936.
â€¢ Sweat's selection marks the third straight year in which the Redskins have selected a defensive player with a first-round pick in the draft joining Jonathan Allen (No. 17 overall in 2017) and Daron Payne (No. 13 overall in 2018). This is the first time in team history the Redskins selected defensive players with a first-round pick selection in three consecutive drafts.
â€¢ Sweat is the 11th defensive player selected by the Redskins in the first round since 1999, joining CB Champ Bailey (1999), LB LaVar Arrington (2000), S Sean Taylor (2004), CB Carlos Rogers (2005), S LaRon Landry (2007), DE/LB Brian Orakpo (2009), LB Ryan Kerrigan (2011), DL Jonathan Allen (2017), and DT Daron Payne (2018). Nine of the 10 defensive players selected by the Redskins in the first round in that time frame have earned at least one Pro Bowl selection during their career.
â€¢ Sweat's selection marks the seventh time in the Common Draft era that the Redskins have selected a defensive lineman in the first round, joining Daron Payne (2018), Jonathan Allen (2017), Ryan Kerrigan (2011), Brian Orakpo (2009, transitioned to linebacker in 2010), Kenard Lang (1997) and Bobby Wilson (1991). The Redskins also selected Tracy Rocker (1989, third round), Markus Koch (1986, second round), Bob Slater (1984, second round), Duncan McColl (1977, fourth round) and Bill Brundige (1970, second round) with the team's first selections of each of the drafts listed.
â€¢ With the selections of Sweat, Payne and Allen, the Redskins have now used first-round selections on defensive linemen in three consecutive drafts for the first time in the Common Draft era.
â€¢ Sweat is the sixth player from Mississippi State selected by the Redskins all-time, joining C Dave Price (1938), B Charlie Yancey (1943), C Charley Cadenhead (1946), CB Fred Smoot (2001), and LB Preston Smith (2015).
â€¢ Sweat's selection marks the first time the franchise has drafted a player with the No. 26 overall pick in the Common Draft Era and the second time the Redskins used the No. 26 overall pick when the team selected B Maurice Elder in the third round of the 1937 NFL Draft.
â€¢ Sweat is the ninth Southeastern Conference product selected by the Redskins in the first round in the Common Draft era. The Redskins have now selected an SEC product in the first round of three consecutive drafts for the first time in team history.