Redskins Draft Recap: Haskins and Sweat Meet the Press

Redskins Draft Recap: Haskins and Sweat Meet the Press

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Redskins Draft Recap: Haskins and Sweat Meet the Press

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QB Dwayne Haskins

On his reaction to becoming a Washington Redskin:

“Yeah, I’m excited man I just really can’t believe it and I’m just grateful for the opportunity that I’m able to be here.”

On his thoughts on the New York Giants passing on him at No. 6:

“What did I think? I didn’t think anything. I talked to my family that I knew (Daniel Jones) was going to get picked. I’m just looking forward to being able to compete against those guys for the rest of my career.”

On if he knew the Redskins would take him after Miami passed on him:

“Yes sir.”

On his expectations for next season:

“Expectations are to work as hard as I can, do all I can and be a part of this position (group) and this franchise. I’m looking forward to contributing in any way possible and just get down and work. I’m just excited to be a part of something special and be a part of a team again. I am looking forward to calling the Redskins my home. Things will come and I’m just going to do everything I can to be ready.”

On what he feels his strengths are and what he feels like he needs to improve on:

“I’m just going to work on getting my head in the playbook, doing all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys that are coming in with me in this rookie class and do all I can to be prepared for this season. Everything will be a new challenge for me and everything will be something that I will take head on and I’m just looking forward to getting to D.C. and being able to be a part of this team, so I’m really excited.”

On what he thinks about just having one year of college experience:

“I had one year in college and I feel like I showed all I could as far as one year – I broke a lot of records, did a lot of great things and I feel like I did a lot of stuff that shows that I can translate to the NFL. Just being able to do what I did at a high level, I thought it was the right choice for me to make that change to go to the pros and I’m grateful that the Redskins thought so as well and selected me.”

On attending home games at FedEx Field in high school:

“I went to a couple of games with my friends back in high school back with RGIII. I haven’t been able to since I went to school. But football is taken very seriously down here and I am looking forward to bringing that winning tradition back to the Redskins.”

 

On attending high school with Dan Snyder’s son and if he has ever met Dan Snyder:

“I never met Dan Snyder before or I was able to meet him during the Draft process. It is cool that his son went to my high school and that I know his son. It is crazy how small this world is and how you can meet somebody and it can change your life. That is why I make sure I treat people the way I want to be treated and I do all I can do to make sure that I leave a lasting impression on people. I think that Mr. Snyder thought that I was the guy for the franchise. I am just hopeful and I am excited for the future.”

 

On if his meetings with the Redskins were very X’s and O’s oriented:

“It was great. We talked a lot of ball and that’s something I love to talk about and you know he never hesitated to ask me all I could, to pick my brain and I feel like Coach [Jay] Gruden is a great coach and is going to do a great job developing me. I feel like we have a great relationship with one another and you know it’s going to be a lot of fun working with him over the years.”

On if the Redskins coaching staff mentioned things to improve on his game during his meetings with them:

“No, I mean there were no conversations like that, I got to be better at everything. Once you think that you arrive is the second you begin to fall so there wasn’t anything where it was specific about something I need to improve. Everyone knows I’m a young guy and that I have a lot of work to do and you know I’m here and I’m ready to work so I’m going to do the best that I can to push myself and the guys around me. You know it’s going to be a lot of fun getting ready for this season and the seasons to come.”

LB Montez Sweat

On his emotions after being selected by Redskins:

“My emotions were going everywhere. It was low-key a series of some doubts like, ‘Why am I dropping so far? ‘What’s going on?’ I was just wondering what’s going on and then the Redskins called me and they changed my whole persona, everything, the way I was feeling. Now they definitely have a winner in me.”

On what it means to him that a team traded up in the first round to draft him:

“It means a lot. It means that they trust in me. It means that they believe in me. I want to give the same respect back to them and just give my all. That’s all that means to me.”

On who he spoke with from the team:

“I talked to everybody from the team, from the linebacker’s coach all the way to the owner. They were fired up to have me. I was just talking to them, talking to everybody.”

On reports regarding the misdiagnosis of his heart condition: 

“I was going through a lot of top 30 visits and when I was first coming into the draft process, they misdiagnosed me with a heart condition. Actually, on my last visit a doctor diagnosed it back to a normal heart, basically. I’m just ready to play football.”

On the last team he visited:

“It was with the Houston Texans. The doctor’s name was Dr. [James] Muntz who diagnosed me with the correct measurements.”

On sharing a coach with LB Ryan Kerrigan and if he has ever met him:

“I’m not very familiar with the Redskins coaching staff, but I’m going to get real familiar with them – Ryan Kerrigan, that’s the pass rusher, the defensive end. It’s going to be a blessing playing on the other side of him, most definitely.” 

On his relationship with former Redskins land Mississippi State linebacker Preston Smith:

“I’ve got a great relationship with Preston Smith. We actually went to the same high school, from the same college. I actually saw him on one of my top 30 visits back in Green Bay and he just told me to keep my head up, keep grinding, and just keep on going.”

On his motivation from being passed up by so many teams:

“I’m more motivated than ever. I’ve always played with a chip on my shoulder and I guess it’s safe to say, it’s probably the biggest chip on my shoulder that it’s ever been.”

On his overall game and what he needs to work on:

“I feel like I need to work on all aspects of my game. What you’re going to see from me is just a relentless football player that’s going to keep on working to better his craft.”

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