- BProjectionRound 3
- YearRS Senior
- Hand10 ⅝
Strong Points: Tall, thick and long. Naturally strong. Plays with a natural wide base and has very good balance. Ran and tested much better than expected in Indy. Dominated at a lower level of competition. Anchors well vs. strong bull rushers. Plays with bend and can slide and recover. Mirrors well vs. FCS competition. More than held his own at the Senior Bowl.
Weak Points: Raw as sushi. High school QB who was recruited to play tight end. Only played on the O-line for four years. Might not be slick enough to play outside at the NFL level. More strong than explosive. Must improve hand use and learn to keep a solid base underneath him.
The Way We See It: An interesting FCS-level blocker, Howard flashed at all the All-Star games and has good natural traits but an extremely raw game. He is very big with good natural strength, but he is not the most explosive guy. He might need to lose some weight and tighten up his body to be effective in the NFL. He needs to improve his hand use and overall technique -- which are raw -- but the natural traits are there for him to succeed at the NFL level; he only needs time and coaching. Originally, I felt he might be better off inside, but Howard showed at the combine that he is more than capable of playing right tackle. Yes, he is a work in progress, but the tools are there for him to become a starter by Year 2 and a quality starter soon thereafter. Howard has as much upside as any player in this draft.