Scouting Report written by: Andrew Parsons
Howard is a prospect that can work in a rotation immediately in a system where he is able to shoot a gap. He can fit in either the 34 or the 43, but he will struggle if asked to play in a two gap system. He needs to add strength, mostly in his lower half, but his quick first step and violent hand action makes him a potential starter down the line.
Howard has a great first step and explodes into contact. After contact, Howard shows the ability to gain leverage with good hand placement and then disengage with violent hand and arm action. Maintains good balance throughout the play and can make himself skinny to knife between offensive linemen. Howard moves well down the line of scrimmage and shows good range after shedding blocks.
Howard’s biggest issues come when he is unable to win off the snap with his first step. When he gets off the ball late, he gives up leverage and lacks to power to anchor. Due to his lack of powerful, Howard can be engulfed by double teams and get driven to the ground. His overall awareness in locating the football is also questionable and his motor is inconsistent.