Dwayne Haskins ends Big Ten quarterback drought

So long Kerry Collins

It happened. For the first time in 24 years, a NFL team selected a quarterback from the Big Ten in the first round of the draft. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins heard his name called at pick #15 for the Washington Redskins.

As a Big Ten believer, even I laughed at this every year. How can a conference as solid as it is not get one fella drafted in the first round from the quarterback position? The odds of this happening have to be very low.

Another strange part of this is it’s not like Big Ten quarterbacks stink and cannot play in the NFL. In fact, you could make the argument three of the best NFL quarterbacks came from America’s grittiest conference with Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.

Since the last quarterback picked in the first round in 1995, former Big Ten quarterbacks have won nine Super Bowls, the most of any conference.

The biggest loser in this situation is Kerry Collins, who made a name for himself for nearly a quarter century for being the last Big Ten quarterback picked in the first round.

You may remember Haskins as the guy Stephen A. Smith argued is more of a runner than a passer. He actually led the country in passing yards and passing touchdowns while averaging 1.4 yards per carry. Not quite, Steve.

With everything that went down at Ohio State last season, it might have taken a bit away from what Haskins was able to do with the Buckeyes. The guy was a stud, and he was underappreciated with everybody focused on Urban Meyer and Zach Smith.

But props to Haskins, who finally killed the Big Ten’s streak. Time to find something new. I hear the SEC hasn’t had a longsnapper drafted since the 60s. Please do not fact check this.

HOT TAKE: Dwayne Haskins will be the best quarterback of this draft class.

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