- Position: Offensive Tackle
- Year: 5-Senior
- Height: 6050
- Weight: 322
- Wing Span: 81 5/8 inches
- Arm Length: 34 inches
- Hand Width: 10 5/8 inches
- Bench Press: 21 reps
- 40-Yard Dash: 5.05 seconds
- Vertical: 29.5 inches
- Broad Jump: 103.0 inches
- Short Shuttle: 4.87 seconds
- 3-Cone Drill: 8.34 seconds
High School Background
- Monroe County High School (Monroeville, Alabama)
- Played QB at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds. Recorded snaps at tight end and kicker as well.
- Lettered in basketball with some experience in baseball and track.
- Walked on to Alabama State as a tight end; redshirted his first year.
- Received a full-ride scholarship as a freshman.
- Transitioned to offensive line in 2015 after a coaching change starting six games for the Hornets.
- Gained over 100 pounds since his campus arrival.
- Played in 36 career games over the span of four seasons.
- Most notably in his senior season, Howard started at both left and right tackle throughout the year (Alabama State featured a left-handed quarterback).
- Criminal Justice major.
- 2018 First Team All-SWAC (only Alabama State player to place)
- 2014: Redshirt
- 2015: 8 games (6 starts)
- 2016: 7 games (7 starts)
- 2017: 11 games (11 starts)
- 2018: 10 games (10 starts)
- Career: 36 games (34 starts)
- Versatility. Though listed on the school’s website as starting every game at either left or right tackle, Howard would maintain blindside responsibilities due to the dominant hand of the quarterback.
- Thick build with long enough arms (34 inches) to maintain tackle duties.
- Carries weight well with light and nimble feet to pick up speed rushers and to gain and head of steam moving to the second level.
- Wide kick slide that eats up plenty of ground. Though he has the occasional false step, Howard consistently keeps the pocket clean being able to mirror and easily move with contact.
Two things here with Howard, good and bad...— Christian Page (@_ChristianPage) March 22, 2019
1) Not often will be overwhelmed by power. Only takes one step back and then anchors to absorb contact.
2) The exaggerated false step at the beginning of the rep. Doesn’t hurt him often but paves a way to open the gate. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/H5VI6TYe8m
- Absorbs contact well by being able to move feet while staying on par with upper body contact.
- Plays with textbook body leverage to maintain contact balance showing appropriate weight distribution by only having to take one step backward to gain control.
- Stays calm and patient when facing quick upper body jabs. Not overwhelmed by any quick movements by trusting his technique and skill set.
- His athleticism is on display when moving laterally and when attempting to lay a hat on someone at the second level. Fluid enough hips to change directions to the flow of the play and has the flexibility to carve up blocks within his area.
- Plays with heavy and occasional violent hands.
- Once engaged with appropriate hand distribution, shows the consistency to drive his matchup well off the ball with a strong leg drive and control.
- Displays a theme of taking false initial steps putting him in recovery situations on the outside.
- Strong hands can be eliminated when not executing proper hand placement. Will show a theme of shooting high and outside limiting his control.
- Struggles to initiate a well-timed punch. Too often will open his body up to the defender allowing his matchup to gain extension and control.
Though the technique when blocking for a screen is a different game plan, but Howard has shown a theme of not executing a well-timed punch. Almost cost the offense a tournover here. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/kPoPNtIJU9— Christian Page (@_ChristianPage) March 22, 2019
- Rapid weight gain in four years doesn’t correlate with upper body strength. When hands are not on target, he gets exposed quickly due to lack of upper body strength.
Howard wanted a college football career so badly that he chose to put aside his high school quarterback days to be an invited walk-on at tight end at Alabama State. Redshirting in his first season in Montgomery, Howard was asked to change positions as a new coaching staff took over the program. After a brief conversation taking place after Howard’s first interaction with his then position coach, the former tight end made his permanent switch to offensive tackle. He is now one of the top offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft class after taking home first team all-conference honors from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
His transition took some time, but after learning the ropes from seventh-round pick and former Alabama State left tackle Jylan Ware, Howard adjusted quickly. Having the versatility to smoothly transition from left to right tackle (blindside protector; ASU featured a left-handed quarterback), Howard shows the technique and nuance to provide a team with a need at either position. A burly build at 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, Howard carries his weight well and is able to easily sink his hips, showing the ability to withstand and absorb contact. Though he has a large frame, Howard showcases attractive foot speed with a kick slide that covers plenty of ground, even against speedier edge rushers.
As a pass protector, Howard has adequate enough length to serve as an outside presence, along with enough overall foot quickness and balance to serve as a consistent blindside protector. Despite his attractive size and lower body mechanics, Howard has a few things to tune up in his upper body technique. The senior struggles to execute a hearty punch on initial contact gave defenders plenty of opportunities to strike him early. Though he doesn’t have a strong jab to thwart defenders in their pass rush route, he struggles to time his punch correctly to stop his matchup. Most of Howard’s concerns come with his upper body motions, as he struggles to consistently land proper hand placement. However, once he initiates inside hand placement, it’s game over for the defender. Howard executes attractive run blocking skills being able to get low and fire into his defender. His athleticism shows in the run game with his ability to easily move into the open space and attack the second level of the field. His thick lower body provides plenty of impact at the point of attack, consistently finishing opponents.
Playing offensive tackle for only a handful of years, it’s impressive to see how far along Howard is in his development. Howard struggled at the beginning of the week at the Reese’s Senior Bowl but managed to improve each day versus top-notch Power 5 opponents. Howard’s versatility, promising run blocking ability and raw tools with the potential mold into a consistent pass protector solidify him as an easy Day 2 selection.