Run Blocking - Features outstanding lateral mobility to work to the edges of his opponents and reach block. Still developing in terms of fitting his hands and his power at the point of attack is below average. Positional blocker that needs to get stronger.
Pass Blocking - Likable traits to develop. Illustrates excellent foot speed and bend. Does well to frame rushers around the arc and he handles speed quite well. Must develop consistency with his set points, improve punch timing/placement and keep his base consistently set to reach his ceiling.
Blocking in Space - Natural movement skills climbing to the second level but angles need to be tighter to consistently seal pursuit. Has the athletic ability to project favorably to longer pulls and vertical blocking.
Power - Must get stronger throughout his entire frame to improve his power at the point of attack and strengthen his anchor. Punch is soft and he gets walked back against bull rushers with no late anchor present to drop.
IQ - Can is still acclimating to life in the trenches in terms of playing with correct technique and arriving on schedule with consistency. There are times he is looking for help that isn’t available in pass protection.
Feet - Moves his feet with ease and ideal speed. With that set, he has a long way to go with developing his kickslide and eliminating a false step into his sets. Base has a tendency to narrow and cause control issues. Feet often deaden on contact.
Hands - Punch is light and lacks the pop to stun rushers. Catches more than he punches. Hand placement is wide and he struggles to find surface area. Needs to be more deliberate about establishing first contact and keeping his pads clean.
Balance - Posture and bend are excellent. Maintains good control working in space. Contact balance is compromised by a narrow base and poor hand combating skills, revealing a weak core.
Versatility - Has exclusively played right tackle in college after converting from tight end. Range and lateral mobility may be better suited for duties in a zone scheme. Has upside on the move and in pass pro but he needs to get stronger and improve technique.
BEST TRAIT - Mobility
WORST TRAIT - Functional Strength
RED FLAGS - None
A high school quarterback, Howard transitioned briefly to tight end at Alabama State before finding a home at right tackle. While his traits in terms of size and mobility are intriguing, his tape reveals a player that is clearly still acclimating to his new position. The are notable technical improvements needed with his hands and feet but the primary concern with Howard is a lack of functional strength. He’ll need to get much stronger to hold up in the trenches at the NFL level. There is enough appeal for Howard to warrant a Day 3 selection as a developmental prospect with an intriguing ceiling.
Round Grade - Mid Day 3 Value