The Washington Redskins got their man in Dwayne Haskins.
Now the question becomes: How soon will he play?
“I think you have to give him an opportunity without a doubt,” Gruden said, adding Haskins has "all the tools to be an exceptional quarterback" in the NFL.
“We feel good about the guys we have in the building, for sure,” he added. “But when you take a guy in the first round, anytime, you have to give him a chance to compete. That’s just the way football is.”
"We have quarterback competitions going out the yin-yang right now,” Gruden said.
"I think there's going to be a waiting period," Eric Bickel said. "How long will it be? I don't know. Now, the good news for (Haskins) is, I don't think the guys in front of him are very good, so they'll struggle and stumble, and (the Redskins) are gonna have to go to him."
Jason Bishop says it would help Haskins to "sit behind an established veteran for, certainly, a few games," which Bickel agreed with.
But don't be surprised if Haskins sees regular season action before then.
"He’s a big strong guy. He can maneuver in the pocket. There are a lot of quarterbacks that aren’t necessarily scramblers. Whether it’s a six-inch step, a step up, a lateral step, to buy some time, he can buy some time. With his size and strength, people bounce off of him. He has functional mobility.”
However, there is still a lot unknown about Haskins, even by the Redskins.
“I don’t know what to expect from him yet,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to get him in here. We’ll throw a lot at him. …We have to figure out the reps."
But at No. 15, Washington didn't want to pass on the Ohio State quarterback.
“For playing only one year, to put up the numbers that he put up, it’s really incredible," Gruden said late Thursday night. "We felt like there’s such an upside to him that we couldn’t pass him up.”