Conference: Missouri Valley
40 Time: 5.53
Biography: Three-year starter who broke in with the first team as a tight end in 2007, All-Conference selection the past two years.
Positives: Big, athletic blocker with a good degree of upside. Blocks with a wide base, keeps his feet moving nicely adjusts to pick up blitzes thrown by the opposition. Displays good movement skills, effective on the second level, and can hit a moving target. Plays with a large degree of quickness. He?s a solid position blocker and easily controls opponents once engaged the point of attack, makes solid use of angles and body positioning.
Negatives: He gets lazy with his hands at times and does not stick them into defenders.. Does not finish blocks and tends to fall off defenders. Must improve his overall body strength.
Analysis: Howard has taken to the tackle position since moving there his junior season. He possesses an NFL body and is a solid long term developmental prospect who should be stashed on a team?s practice squad. Has the build to be used on the right side, yet his athleticism and movement skills will also give him an opportunity at left tackle.
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