If the Redskins aren’t sold on Dwayne Haskins, take Tua Tagovailoa

NFL Draft, Washington Redskins

Even though the Washington Redskins drafted Dwayne Haskins a year ago, if they aren’t sold on the guy then they need to go draft Tua Tagovailoa at No. 2.

Two years ago, this would have sounded crazy, but the precedent has been set.

If an NFL franchise fires its head coach in the same season it used a first-round pick on a quarterback, the organization can now move on from said signal-caller, draft another and not be ridiculed for it. The Arizona Cardinals broke untrodden ground last year by trading Josh Rosen and drafting Kyler Murray No. 1 overall.

Could the Washington Redskins echo their sentiment at No. 2?

Washington used its No. 15 overall pick last spring on former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Though he threw for 50 touchdowns in 2018 for Ohio State, that was Haskins’ only year as a starter. He’s not mobile at all and had an underwhelming rookie season in D.C. last year. His former head coach Jay Gruden was fired and so was former team president Bruce Allen.

Haskins might have starred at the same high school Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s son attended, but there are no guarantees Washington’s new head coach Ron Rivera will be in on the second-year pro. Rivera has already brought in his former fringe starter from his previous job with the Carolina Panthers in Kyle Allen. What if Rivera is not done reshaping his quarterback room?

Washington has the No. 2 overall pick this spring. Everybody knows the Cincinnati Bengals picking at No. 1 will take Joe Burrow out of LSU. While Washington could take the best player in the draft in Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, what if they end up taking former Alabama Crimson Tide signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa?

Young may end up being defensive-minded Rivera’s Washington version of Lawrence Taylor, but Tagovailoa is a culture changer. The southpaw from Hawaii oozes charisma and will be the adult in the room to help carry this former Washington mess out of its perpetual festering quagmire.

Simply put, if the Redskins aren’t sold on Haskins, they need to cut bait and draft Tagovailoa.

Though he has his injury history, Tagovailoa will be more mature and more refined as a rookie than Haskins ever was. He won’t take selfies to celebrate a rare win prematurely from the sidelines, forcing Case Keenum to hustle in there to take a knee. Tagovailoa may not be as good as he was in college, but he’ll be the great locker room leader Washington desperately needs from day one.

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