COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Dwayne Haskins #7 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a pass in the second quarter of the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)For a while, Dwayne Haskins looked like the top quarterback on the board. With Kyler Murray’s surge, there is now a situation in which the Buckeye signal caller could wind up tumbling a bit.That is not a unique situation for a quarterback. Because there are only so many teams with a need at the position, there is often a QB once thought of as a potential top pick that goes much later than expected.Perhaps the most famous example is Aaron Rodgers, who fell into the Packers’ laps towards the end of the 2005 NFL Draft’s first round. We saw a similar situation with Teddy Bridgewater a few years ago, and last year, Lamar Jackson lasted until the last pick of the first round, when the Baltimore Ravens traded up to land him.ESPN’s Todd McShay thinks there’s a chance a similar thing happens to Dwayne Haskins in this year’s NFL Draft.He appeared on ESPN’s Get Up!, and while he still has Haskins going to the Giants at No. 6, he acknowledged that there are whispers that the New York franchise aren’t enamored with the Buckeye QB.Instead, he said the team could consider holding out and going for Drew Lock later in the round, if they have similar grades on the two players.As transcribed by Saturday Tradition:“If any of these quarterback are going to fall a little bit, it might be Haskins,” McShay said on Get Up! “It will be interesting to see. I keep hearing the Giants may not be in love with Haskins. I put him there because it’s kind of the only place in the top 10 I felt good about putting him. I do think, ultimately, he’ll wind up going somewhere in that range. But it may be a team moving up. The Giants could just pass on him and wind up taking Drew Lock a little bit later with that 17th pick.[…]“Haskins is the most interesting of the three (quarterbacks),” McShay said. “As you get closer, look at Lock. All of the teams are starting to say 46 games, Lock’s a veteran, been through a lot, the confidence. Haskins is only a one-year starter. I’m getting more and more information from teams that Haskins could wind up falling a little bit further than both Mel [Kiper Jr.] and I have him going at No. 6.”The Cardinals are expected to take Kyler Murray No. 1, and there’s a chance he doesn’t get past the Oakland Raiders at No. 4. From there, the Giants (No. 6), Denver Broncos (No. 10), Miami Dolphins (No. 13), and Washington Redskins (No. 15) could all look at quarterback, but there is definitely no guarantee.Still, Haskins is an impressive prospect, and as of now, looks like a solid bet to be a first rounder.
BRIAN O’DRISCOLL SHONE in his first outing since the British and Irish Lions’ Second Test defeat to Australia in Melbourne.The outside centre, playing in his final season [he swears] at the province, put in an ageless display as he cut through the Cardiff Blues defence like a sabre. He showed soft hands, and great awareness, to tee up Sean Cronin’s opening try in the 34 — 20 victory and made three stunning line breaks.The 34-year-old had the home crowd on their feet on numerous occasions and was able to enjoy the final minutes of the bonus point win on the sidelines, clenching his fist as Ian Madigan dived over for try number four.The highlight of O’Driscoll’s night was a burst from inside his own half and a delightfully floated pass to Rob Kearney. Cardiff’s Rhys Patchell grappled Kearney to the ground and first on the scene, as makeshift scrumhalf, was O’Driscoll. The move came to nothing after an over-zealous touch judge threw his oar in to award a defensive lineout. O’Driscoll was given a rapturous applause as Brendan Macken replaced him with seven minutes to go.“He was brilliant.” Leinster head coach Matt O’Connor told TheScore.ie. ”Some of his touches were sublime. He has certainly [proved] all of those people that thought he might not have been as valuable as he has previously been wrong.”Here are some of O’Driscoll’s best moments: YouTube credit: RaboDirect PRO12Leinster have two league wins, a draw and a loss from their opening four fixtures and an away date with Munster next on the agenda. O’Connor called the 14-point win ‘the best brand of rugby’ Leinster have played all season.He added, “Scarlets was satisfying and elements of Ospreys were satisfying but, to play the way we played, I was disappointed with the first half in the sense that we left three or four tries out there and left Cardiff in the contest.”As it happened: Leinster v Cardiff Blues, RaboDirect Pro12VIDEO: Matt O’Connor confirms Gibbes’ departure to Clermont