Biography: Three-year starter awarded all-conference honors since his sophomore season. Totals last year included 52 tackles with four passes broken up. Junior numbers included 62 tackles and a team-high five interceptions.
Positives: Instinctive defensive back with marginal size/speed numbers. Remains disciplined with assignments, puts himself in a position to make plays on the ball and gives effort until the whistle blows. Plays with pain and flies around the football. Quick up the field to defend screen passes and wraps up when tackling. Takes good angles to the action, displays a burst of closing speed and shows the ability to get outside the numbers to make plays on the ball.
Negatives: Lacks classics measurables for the safety position. Cannot drive to the throw out of his plant.
Analysis: Howell was a productive leader for Stanford and got the most from his ability. He offers potential in a zone system at the next level yet is a prospect who must produce on special teams to make a final roster.
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