Want a guy that does what Newton does?
No such size concerns for Dwayne Haskins. The Ohio State product checks in at 6’3″ and 220 lb. He also completed 70% of his passes for the season but that is where any similarity to Kyler Murray ends.
Haskins threw for 4831 yards this season and a whopping 50 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions. His rushing stats were tame, 108 yards and 4 touchdowns.
He would also benefit from the elusiveness of Phillip Lindsay in the backfield but may be more comfortable with Royce Freeman. Denver’s offense with Haskins would be fairly similar to a pre-2015 Peyton Manning-led offense. Or, for a good contemporary example, think of Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Haskins is a pocket guy, he’s plenty athletic and has a high escapability factor. That reminds us of another guy that was a wizard of elusiveness, John Elway.
Haskins may not have Elway’s arm (who does?) but there’s no angle that makes 50 touchdowns any less an accomplishment. Only five other players have ever eclipsed 50 in the NCAA. Haskins list of accolades looks like something from a created player on a video game. If he’s as-advertised (a big if), he brings immediate legitimacy to a Broncos team that’s deep at running back and receiver, still has a stout defense and has something to prove in 2019.
The third way the Broncos could go is to bring in another veteran. We’ve discussed Bridgewater, we’d rather not see Denver bring in another Keenum.