Doug Williams: Dwayne Haskins has the best arm of any QB drafted the last two years

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Washington Senior VP of Player Development Doug Williams knows something about the quarterback position, as a Super Bowl MVP winner himself, and he says his team has something special in second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

Williams said on 106.7 The Fan that Haskins has a better arm than any other quarterback in either this year’s draft or last year’s draft.

“I don’t care who came out this year, last year, there’s not a quarterback that’s come out in the last two years that has the ability – from an arm strength standpoint and arm talent – that Dwayne Haskins has,” Williams said, via NBCSportsWashington.com.

That would mean Haskins has a better arm not only than 2019 draft picks Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock, but also that he has a better arm than 2020 picks Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love.

But Williams acknowledged there’s a lot more to being a great quarterback than having a great arm.

“Dwayne can throw with the best of them,” Williams said. “Now mentally, he has to control the other part, and I think he has aligned himself and realized that’s what he has to do and I think that’s what he’s doing. I think at the end of the day, give him the opportunity to do what everybody is doing, and that is to improve upon his game.”

Whether Haskins can improve is the biggest question in Washington this season.

74 responses to “Doug Williams: Dwayne Haskins has the best arm of any QB drafted the last two years

  1. Having a great arm is nice, but it doesn’t do much good if the QB can’t read defenses, recognize coverages, and make plays. I loathe Tom Brady because he’s an admitted cheater, but he’s got 6 rings and a very average arm.

  2. Doug is 100 percent right. Dwayne has an unbelievable arm. Plus Dwayne is highly intelligent. Combining brain and brawn, Dwayne is destined to become the best quarterback in the league, as soon this year. Just sayin’. #facts

  3. Haskins needs to prove himself. Ron Rivera and Ken Zampese need to coach him up properly. Remains to be seen if he can be successful in the NFL – but I’m not one to dump on a 2nd year QB who is already in a new offense and COVID restricted in his development process.

  4. Arm strength as compared with accuracy are two different things. Furthermore, let’s talk football intelligence and ask whether Haskins is set up to succeed.

  5. So, Doug could really sling it, but this is just objectively untrue and I don’t know why he’d say it. Haskins has a very average arm.

  6. Does he have a better arm than Jamarcus Russell or Jeff George? Good thing he doesn’t have a weenie arm like Joe Montana.

  7. I remember Byron Leftwich could throw the ball 80 yards flat footed. But he had a horrible wind up, no touch on the pass, and was slow and fragile. But boy could he sling it!

  8. Im going to Love it when all of Haskins haters start eating their own words!!!

  9. Well, a great arm is a fantastic start. What can the Redskins do to develop the rest of this talent? Because, that is really the key here.

  10. A lot of really good college QB’s never made it in pro ball. Haskins was a terrible college QB. I’ve never seen a bad college QB become a good pro. I’m basing this on tape, not stats. I heard a lot of stat people rattle off many reasons why Patrick Mahomes wouldn’t be a good pro, but his tape looked like a future HOFer. The tape never lies. But it’s a lot of work, so a lot of people take shortcuts and look at unbelievably misleading stats. If you looked at Haskins’ tape, there’s no way you draft him. Not even sign him as a free agent. He showed no pro talent. I think he was a Dan Snyder pick, and Danny signs the checks. What do you expect Doug Williams to say?

  11. The folks who compare Haskins to George and Russell miss a critical point. Yes, Haskins’ elite arm talent is on par with those guys, probably better in fact. But George and Russell were loners who alienated their teammates. They couldn’t succeed in a team game. On the other hand Dwayne is tight with his teammates. This summer he has been working out with Terry, Sims, and Kelvin and the chemistry is palpable. You combine that work ethic, with a high iq, and undeniably the best arm talent in the league and you are looking at a budding star.

  12. If you look at the last 2 years draft class of quarterbacks it’s really not saying much !

  13. Terrible?!?

    In 2018… Haskins threw 50 td – 8 int in cold, sloppy MIDWESTERN fall/winter weather.

    The guy who couldn’t beat him out Joe Burrow threw 60 td – 6 int
    in warm, mild southern weather.

    Of course… patrick mahomes looked like a hall of famer…
    … he played against a bunch of garbage big-12 teams.

  14. contaminatedthrillz says:
    June 27, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Im going to Love it when all of Haskins haters start eating their own words!!!

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I do not see “Haskins hate.” What I see are folks saying, “show us, don’t tell us.”

    There’s waaaaay more to making it in the NFL as a franchise QB than arm strength.

  15. Russell was a complete joke. Easily the worst player ever drafted number 1 and probably the worst player ever drafted in top 20.

    Haskins, was drafted 15th. He’s not as good as Garner Minshew II who Washington could have gotten in 5th round.

  16. Kyler Murray definitely has that title. Cannon arm, don’t let hit size fool you.

  17. By the end of the season, Haskins was playing at a near elite level. And that was following a dominant season at OSU throwing for nearly 5,000 yards with 50 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and 70 percent completion rate. There is little question that Dwayne has the talent, the smarts, and the will to be very very good. The bigger question is whether the Redskins offensive line is going to give him time to throw.

  18. I have a good feeling about this team this year. Even if they do not make the playoffs the fan base will be excited for the future I think.

  19. I think it’s clear he has the physical skills to be a great QB, we’ll see if he’s able to refine his footwork and mental approach to the game to become a great QB come gametime. To all the people saying “he’s going to be great” or “he’s destined to fail” you’re wrong. No one knows, if there is a season it’ll be his first at the helm and a real chance to show what he’s capable of. There’s nothing wrong with saying you don’t know.

  20. Dwayne Haskins became one of my favorite OHIO STATE BUCKEYES ever
    due to his smart, selfless, thoughtful, high character personality.

    His interviews were ALWAYS so classy.
    Smart, interesting answers.

    The guy could be a senator after football.

  21. Why is what Williams said being taken in a negative light? He is not wrong in what he said Haskins do have one of the best arms in the game when compared with the last two draft classes,

    Not every statement needs to be taken with a negative slight!

  22. True that Doctor Rustbelt. And shame on all of the above posters questioning Dwayne’s intellect. We get you. As for Dwayne, he is sharp as a tack. In addition to the interviews, and his coaches accolades, there is a video of him dissecting game tape at a level that would do Peyton Manning proud. Any post questioning Dwayne’s intellect says nothing about Dwayne and speaks volumes to the character (or lack thereof) of the commentators. You have have been exposed. Now crawl back under your rock.

  23. Saying Haskins has the best arm is basically like saying Cleveland won the offseason.

  24. arm shmarm. is he accurate? how does he do under pressure? Can he get rid of the ball in 2 seconds?

  25. Arm strength can help a QB, but it sure isn’t the most important quality needed in a QB.

    #1 Intelligence. Skill of knowing your own playbook and ability to read defenses. Dumb QBs don’t go far (Jamarcus?)
    #2 Accuracy
    #3 Vision. The ability to move around the pocket to buy time. The ability to see where coverages have broken down.
    #4 Arm strength is still important, but a QB can be successful without great arm strength. Joe Montana’s arms looked like two strings hanging out of his jerse..per John Madden.

  26. Yep. Well put, jurgy.
    That is exactly what I was getting at.
    Such a well studied athlete.

    Also…to play so well… and… without a hint of arrogance or conceit
    answer questions with such self-confident/self-assured poise.

  27. He has the least mobility of any quarterback drafted the last five years. He can’t move.

  28. I invite Doug Williams to Green Bay on July 31st to watch J-Love throw live. If it is allowed, come and see Jordan throw before you go around making proclamations Doug.

    #2020PackersTrainingCamp🏈

  29. radar8 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 5:52 pm
    Arm strength can help a QB, but it sure isn’t the most important quality needed in a QB.

    #1 Intelligence. Skill of knowing your own playbook and ability to read defenses. Dumb QBs don’t go far (Jamarcus?)
    #2 Accuracy
    #3 Vision. The ability to move around the pocket to buy time. The ability to see where coverages have broken down.
    #4 Arm strength is still important, but a QB can be successful without great arm strength. Joe Montana’s arms looked like two strings hanging out of his jerse..per John Madden.

    ——

    Haskins has the smarts. Anyone who says otherwise hasn’t seen him play or is stereotyping. He isn’t tvery fast but he moves in the pocket very well. Arm strength is not an issue either.

    That said, Haskins needs to work on his accuracy. Hopefully he spent this offseason cleaning up his foot work as that will go a long way toward helping him Ibecome more accurate.

  30. lennylyles says:
    June 27, 2020 at 6:27 pm
    He has the least mobility of any quarterback drafted the last five years. He can’t move.

    ——-

    This is the uninformed opinion of someone who looked at his 40 time and didn’t watch him play.

  31. dejadoh says:
    June 27, 2020 at 4:24 pm
    Russell was a complete joke. Easily the worst player ever drafted number 1 and probably the worst player ever drafted in top 20.

    Haskins, was drafted 15th. He’s not as good as Garner Minshew II who Washington could have gotten in 5th round.
    ______________________________
    LOL. We will see!

  32. Arm strength would make him elite, if he were in an arm wrestling league. Takes more than that in the NFL; I’d take Burrow or Tagovailoa over Haskins, in a heartbeat.

  33. Josh Allen and Patrick Moholmes have the strongest arms in the league and it’s not close.

  34. I didn’t rate Haskins very high at all coming out of college, but I would never in a million years count anything that happens in Washington against him. I mean if he went 0-16, I’d never look at that as “proof” that I was right. I hope the kid succeeds. I’ve been a huge Buckeyes fan for about 50 years. I tend to overrate the Buckeyes prospects. I just look at a lot of QB’s, and Haskins didn’t show me anything. Generally, the blue chip QB’s stick out. Going from college QB to pro QB is like two entirely different sports. Requires two completely different skill sets. So by looking at Haskins’ skill set, I didn’t see pro characteristics. There have been a lot of guys, Ken Dorsey, A.J. McCarron who won championships and put up mind boggling numbers in college. Then there are guys like John Elway and Patrick Mahomes that were below .500 in college. It’s not personal with Haskins, and I understand how some Haskins fans can have their feelings hurt. I remember back in the day when some long time NFL scout told me Archie Griffin was just going to be ordinary in the NFL. I thought he’d be the best RB ever. I had my feelings hurt too. In fact, I don’t think I ever got over that. Then I moved from Ohio to Missouri, the “Show Me” state.

  35. if anyone else talked about Haskins mental ability like Wiliams did they would get destroyed by the NFL media types…

  36. That would mean Haskins has a better arm not only than 2019 draft picks Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones and Drew Lock, but also that he has a better arm than 2020 picks Joe Burrow, Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love.
    _______

    No mention of Stidham or Minshew?

  37. Ryan Leaf had a strong arm, too.

    Lol. What a homer statement, Mr Williams.
    Haskins doesn’t appear to have it where it counts when it comes to the pros – between the ears.

    @ jurgyisgod

    Enough with the disgusting level of homerism. The Skins suck, and will continue to suck for years to come. It is par for the course in DC, where another group called the politicians always talk a good game but rarely deliver on results. The Skins are no different.

  38. The folks who compare Haskins to George and Russell miss a critical point. Yes, Haskins’ elite arm talent is on par with those guys, probably better in fact. But George and Russell were loners who alienated their teammates. They couldn’t succeed in a team game. On the other hand Dwayne is tight with his teammates. This summer he has been working out with Terry, Sims, and Kelvin and the chemistry is palpable. You combine that work ethic, with a high iq, and undeniably the best arm talent in the league and you are looking at a budding star.

    ———————————-

    Lol…if you honestly think Dwayne Haskins has a better arm than Jeff George had, you seriously need to go watch some Jeff George tape.

  39. @jurgyisgod says:
    June 27, 2020 at 4:33 pm
    By the end of the season, Haskins was playing at a near elite level. And that was following a dominant season at OSU throwing for nearly 5,000 yards with 50 touchdowns, 8 interceptions, and 70 percent completion rate. There is little question that Dwayne has the talent, the smarts, and the will to be very very good. The bigger question is whether the Redskins offensive line is going to give him time to throw.
    =======================================================================================
    One of those games was against that non-existent Eagles secondary.

  40. Folks analyzed Doug’s comments and conveniently glossed over the fact he said there’s more to being a QB than arm strength.

  41. Russell did not have a strong arm. He was a big guy on a very good team. With the Raiders he did not like getting hit. He would do these little jumps when he passed. A terrible pick. Haskins is a far more polished QB coming out of college, but The OSU is always over rated for the offensive guys because their OL and D is usually very strong. He was protected in the pocket by his blockers in Columbus, not so in the District of Columbia.

  42. Didn’t the dolphins even passed on him when they could’ve drafted him if he was such an elite talent.

  43. Williams is on one, that is nothing but utter non sense. Kyler Murray, Drew Lock, Justin Herbert and Jacob Eason ALL Have stronger arms and guts like Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, Drew Lock and Tua all have MUCH MORE Arm talent than Haskins has.

    For example Haskins was the least accurate of all rookie QBs and ranked in the bottom league among QBs throwing deep while QB Kyler Murray via Pro Football Outaiders ranked #1 as the most accurate deep ball passer in the NFL and ranked 8th in NFL Next Gen stats in expected completion percentage and ranked top 5 in big time throws via PFF all as A ROOKIE. Murray can throw on the run to either his left, right or forward and Murray can throw off platform from any arm angle with elite precision accuracy drawing comparisons to a young Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes as the only other 2 QBs in league history who can make those throws with consistency n make them look easy.

    I don’t know if Doug Williams thinks we are all blind or what but to say a guy like Haskins (who’s well on his way to becoming the next QB Bust) has more arm strength and arm talent than any QB drafted in the last two years is not only beyond absurd it’s comical.

  44. These qbs are finally coming in a good time because one read college footaball is making its way to the nfl. They barely where knee pads anymore come on

  45. Surround him with talent and he’ll be amazing. Watching him at OSU, I saw a guy who could throw accurately up to 70 yards. He just needs protection and some good receivers and he’ll be a super star.

  46. He has arm talent of Aaron Rodgers, but is more a pocket passer. Give the guy a chance for crying out loud. He is accurate as hell too. Don’t sleep on Haskins.

  47. Translation: I certainly can’t say he can read a defense, or that he’s accurate, but I have to say something good to satisfy my idiot boss. Okay, kid’s got a cannon!

  48. jac1216 says:
    June 27, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    I have a good feeling about this team this year. Even if they do not make the playoffs the fan base will be excited for the future I think.
    =========================

    Yeah…I don’t think the ‘making the playoffs’ part will be that much of an issue for them.

  49. This is pretty easy. Get him and Josh Allen at a social distance that will keep the CDC happy and see who can hit the other one with a football. Considering the fact that Allen can throw sixty yards, he might be the only one with a shot. But hey, if Haskins wins, he can have Kyler Murray next. Or Jacob Eason. Tua next, maybe? Or go back a year or two and try Patrick Mahomes.

    I’d watch that in the downtime right now.

  50. You know who else had fantastic arm strength? Tebow! Umm..? I guess he is doing ok in right field for the Mets AA team..

  51. haskins has nothing on jones, that kid can flat out sling the rock, and has way more between the ears than haskins. fumbles aside you couldn’t have asked more from him given the Sh%t show he was thrown into. top rated road QB, 10th best qb against pressure, only rookie to throw for 350, 5 td’s no picks, and also two other games with 300 yards, 4td’s, no picks. people will point to the fumbles, jackson had the same issue with a much better oline his rookie year, how is that working out for him?

  52. jurgyisgod says:
    June 27, 2020 at 2:55 pm
    Doug is 100 percent right. Dwayne has an unbelievable arm. Plus Dwayne is highly intelligent. Combining brain and brawn, Dwayne is destined to become the best quarterback in the league, as soon this year. Just sayin’. #facts
    ——————————————————————————————
    week 16 daniel jones threw all over your skins, making haskins look like a 3rd stringer. DJ did it to the tune of 352 yards, 5 td’s, 0 picks. haskins isn’t smarter than jones on his best. just sayin” #facts

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