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2006 NFL Draft Draft Tracker Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 Round 6 Round 7 Players Positions Schools Conferences

Thomas Howard - OLB

 Thomas Howard Grade: 4.1
 Position: OLB
 Class: Sr
 School: UTEP
 Conference: Conference USA
 Ht., Wt.: 6-3.5, 239
 40 Time: 4.49
  Selected by: Oakland Raiders
  Round 2, pick 6 (38 overall)

BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection the past two years. Totaled 85/7.5/3 as a senior after 62/8/14 the prior year.

POSITIVES: Athletic linebacker with outstanding size/speed numbers. Breaks down well, quick to the sidelines and is effective in space. Plays with good degree of suddenness, flashing on the scene and offers terrific skills in pursuit. Quickly locates the ball and works to make plays. Easily runs downfield with backs or tight ends in coverage.

NEGATIVES: Undersized, easily blocked from the action and not a strong tackler. Inefficient and does not consistently take proper angles to the play.

ANALYSIS: An exceptional athlete, Howard offers plenty of upside for the next level. Has starting potential once he improves his playing strength.

PROJECTION: Early Second Round

Photo: UTEP Athletics

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