COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins is projected to be the NFL's No. 1 overall pick if he enters the draft this year, but if you saw a source close to the quarterback talk about his future a couple of weeks ago, that person didn't sound very confident.
Mike Greenberg, the ESPN host of "Mike & Mike in the Morning," said this week that Haskins isn't going to take any chances, and he gave specific reasons why -- other than the fact that Ohio State signed 12 defensive players earlier this month and so the Buckeyes' Lane Kiffin will be moving from offensive coordinator to defensive play-caller for next season.
Greenberg, with whom Haskins will be doing the weekly "Mike & Mike" segments this summer, also said Haskins decided to stay in school so he can continue to develop the relationship with new coach Ryan Day after his relationship with Urban Meyer soured.
"I think he's determined to stay in school so he can develop the relationship with this coach [Day], who is incredibly bright, incredibly athletic and has all these qualities that we love on our coach," Greenberg said. "The thing that we appreciate about that is the relationship of coach and the quarterback. If I were Haskins, I'd be playing quarterback at Ohio State. That would be my plan, but I don't make those decisions and I'm not a writer. Haskins makes the decision to stay here and be close to another really good player and try to find out if that chemistry with this coach works."
Such being the case, Greenberg gave his word that, if he and Haskins have a conversation in January 2021 -- which Greenberg believes will happen -- it won't be about Haskins' body of work, which includes his final year under Meyer, the win over Michigan in last year's Big Ten Championship Game and the Heisman Trophy, which he won last year in a landslide.
"That's not going to be a conversation we have on the phone," Greenberg said. "Because if that's the case, it's going to ruin Dwayne Haskins. ... This coach is brilliant, and Dwayne Haskins is an incredibly gifted athlete, and if he's going to be the pick in 2020, you don't go to practice next summer and you don't come in January and say, 'Yes, I have a great relationship with this person' because if it doesn't work out, then you're crushed."
Greenberg said he'll believe Haskins' whole relationship with Day, who arrives from Alabama this spring and adds a coach with no experience coaching a quarterback to his staff, is solid when that relationship pays off this season, when Day's hiring makes Haskins "the offensive leader" of the Buckeyes.
"When he walks into those pads and he walks into that locker room, I'll believe you," Greenberg said. "But I'm also looking at the fact that for three years, this guy has been the general. He's been the head coach. And I think he's decided, 'The perfect method to ruin this relationship I've formed is to come in as a new guy.' And so if that's the case and he sticks it out, I'll believe it."
h/t: SB Nation