Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins could be out of the Miami Dolphins’ range with the No. 13 overall pick in next month’s NFL draft.
But that is not stopping the Dolphins from doing their due diligence of scouting Haskins, who is widely considered to be the second-best quarterback in the draft behind Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
Haskins worked out for a number of NFL scouts and executives — including Dolphins general manager Chris Grier — during Ohio State’s pro day on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.
Haskins is also expected to meet and workout exclusively with the Dolphins this week, according to an ESPN report on Wednesday.
The Dolphins, who hope to draft a franchise-altering quarterback in the 2019 or 2020 NFL drafts, also scouted Murray during Oklahoma’s pro day, and held a separate workout with the Heisman Trophy winner last week.
With Murray expected to be selected first overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the draft, Haskins could see himself drafted anywhere among the top-15 picks.
If Haskins is available for Miami at No. 13, Grier and the Dolphins front office will have to decide whether he can be the fundamental piece to kick-start their rebuilding efforts in Miami.
Haskins will also work out for the Oakland Raiders, who own the No. 4 overall pick. He is also tentatively scheduled to visit the New York Giants (No. 6), Denver Broncos (No. 10) and the Washington Redskins (No. 15), according to the report.
Haskins reportedly met with the Giants’ brass on Tuesday night before his pro day, as the New York franchise, which traded away star receiver Odell Beckham this offseason, is in the hunt for a quarterback to succeed two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning.
Haskins developed into a coveted prospect after his standout redshirt sophomore season at Ohio State, where he threw for 4,831 yards with 50 touchdowns and had a 70 percent completion percentage, leading the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory in January.
Haskins finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Murray, and Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa — who is considered the top quarterback in the 2020 draft class if he chooses to leave college after three years.
If the Dolphins are unable to draft a quarterback like Murray or Haskins, or pass on other options like Missouri’s Drew Lock, Duke’s Daniel Jones or West Virginia’s Will Grier this year, the Dolphins will likely turn their sights on drafting a quarterback like Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert and Georgia’s Jake Fromm next year.
Miami signed 14-year veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday to compete for the Dolphins’ starting quarterback job next season after trading away veteran Ryan Tannehill following seven seasons with the team.
Inexperienced quarterbacks Luke Falk and Jake Rudock are also on the Dolphins roster heading into next season.
The NFL draft will be held from April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn., where the Dolphins hope to address a number of other glaring positions needs, particularly on the defensive and offensive lines, before next season.