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O.J. Howard | Tight End

Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 251

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In his latest mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay projected Alabama TE O.J. Howard to the Jaguars with the No. 4 pick.
There are no true surprises in the first three slots of McShay's mock, which sees the Browns drafting Texas A&M EDGE Myles Garrett, the 49ers selecting Stanford DE Solomon Thomas and the Bears selecting LSU S Jamal Adams. Then comes Howard to the Jags. A year ago, there was a debate about whether Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott was worth a top-five pick. Howard at No. 4 would be far more controversial than that. We wouldn't be surprised to see the 6-foot-6, 251-pound Alabama product off the board within the first 15 picks, but top 10 would probably be stretching it and top five, well, that would be a story. Mar 19 - 1:28 PM

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Alabama TE O.J. Howard revealed he has visits lined up with the Bucs and the Titans.

The Titans have two first round selections and the Bucs could add a second tight end to push the passing game even further. Delanie Walker is clearly the Titans top pass catching target, but is getting older in age. Howard would add talent to any passing or running game.
Mar 15 - 11:14 AM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Alabama TE O.J. Howard's "upside is through the roof."

"There’s no dominant in-line guys anymore but he’s probably as good as you’re going to get coming out," the scout said. "As a receiver he’s still a little untapped. Only two years did he play with a pro-style quarterback. He’s a phenomenal human being." At 6-foot-6, 251 pounds, Howard clocked a sensational 4.51s 40-yard dash Saturday at the NFL Combine. "Nothing wrong with him at all," said another scout. "Big-time basketball player in high school. Just a country boy. Big, fast, athletic. Receiving tight end or every down."
Mar 13 - 1:23 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranked Alabama TE O.J. Howard as the No. 8 prospect in the class following the NFL Scouting Combine.

Howard showcased what McShay terms as "elite seed for the position" when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, an identical mark to that of LSU RB Leonard Fournette. Wrote the analyst of the 6-foot-6, 251-pounder, "He has the size and arm length (33¾ inches) to play as an in-line TE, and the speed to be a major matchup problem down the field for opposing defenses." You will be hearing his name on Day 1 of the draft, if not within the top-10 picks, then shortly thereafter.
Mar 10 - 3:36 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard turned in an unofficial 40-yard dash time of 4.51 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine on Saturday.

Tis a fantastic mark for Howard, who measured out at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds. The future first-rounder met with the Giants earlier in Indy. He is unlikely to land within the top-10 picks, but a selection in the teens is most definitely in play for the athletic stalwart of a tight end. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah -- who began scouting work in 1993 -- said on the NFL Network broadcast of the Combine that this is the most athletic group of tight ends he has ever evaluated.
Mar 4 - 3:27 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard met with the Giants for a formal interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Holding the 23rd overall pick in the draft, the Giants could be right in the range to draft Howard. Late last month, Pro Football Focus compared the 6-foot-5, 251-pounder to Panthers TE Greg Olsen. He figures to be off the board by the end of Day 1. While Howard logged a modest 45-595-3 receiving line in 15 games with Alabama last season, he has a ton of offensive upside for a more wide-open attack.
Mar 2 - 7:57 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Alabama TE O.J. Howard to Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen.

"Like Olsen, Howard can move around the formation and create mismatches in the passing game," explains the outlet. They also see Olsen's occasional issues in run-blocking as similar to Howard's, noting that while the 6-foot-6, 251-pounder was sterling in that arena with Alabama this past season, "his success in the trenches may rely more on scheme and fit." The PFF analysis team views Howard as a potential plug-and-play starter. He figures to land solidly in the first round.
Feb 28 - 1:20 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes that Alabama TE O.J. Howard "should thrive in a more pass-heavy NFL system."

No arguments from us. Howard was criminally underutilized at Alabama. McShay would like to see him tighten up his routes, but is otherwise supremely high on the athletically gifted tight end. The analyst checks him into his latest Big Board at a lofty No. 10, writing that the 6-foot-6, 251-pounder "has a lot of upside as a big-play threat in the NFL." Howard and Miami TE David Njoku figure to be the first two tight ends off the board in some order. For reference's sake, McShay slots Njoku onto his Big Board at No. 16.
Feb 14 - 8:54 PM

Sporting News' Eric Galko has heard the Lions are interested in adding a TE early in the draft.

Galko suggests an addition to the position within the top two rounds. Eric Ebron has one year left on his base rookie contract, but the tight end's initial evaluation was based on mythical athleticism that, in reality, does not exist. He has not grown into the top 10 pick the Lions were hoping for. Even if they keep Ebron, two tight end sets can be a priority for teams hoping to create a mismatch.
Feb 8 - 10:59 AM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that when he watched the film of Alabama TE O.J. Howard, he "was not the same guy [Pauline] saw during Senior Bowl practices."

Howard was one of the consensus winners of the Senior Bowl practice week, but one week of practice does not a player make. Noted Pauline, "The Howard I saw on film often looked uninterested in finishing blocks, seemed lackadaisical when not directly involved in the play and was not a big part of the passing offense. On film he grades as a late first- round pick with a lot of questions." Pauline believes that the 6-foot-6, 251-pounder's work in interviews at the Combine might prove crucial to any upward mobility in the first round. There is no denying the physical talent here.
Feb 7 - 4:44 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard suggested the notion that Crimson Tide players are worn down before reaching the NFL is more about the individual than a generic label.

"Alabama is a tough program, but we all knew that before we signed those papers to commit to it," Howard began. "So it really depends how you take it by the hand and run with it." There are examples of both sides fitting an argument, just like with every other program. Howard is expected to be a top 20 selection.
Source: SEC Country
Feb 6 - 11:32 AM

CBS Sports draft analyst Rob Rang wrote that Alabama TE O.J. Howard "certainly lived up to the billing" during the Senior Bowl practice week.

Rang note that Howard "wow[ed] with his freakish combination of size, speed and soft hands." The analyst drops him onto his latest Big Board at No. 15. The 6-foot-6, 251-pounder is a true offensive weapon at the tight end position and has been comped to Jimmy Graham. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him land in the top half of the first round this spring.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 4 - 5:40 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard displayed the skills of a "potential top-10 pick" in Tuesday's Senior Bowl practices, writes Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline.

"The Crimson Tide tight end started the day with a one-handed grab on an errant pass and continued his momentum throughout the day, avoiding drops and consistently catching the ball away from his frame," Pauline wrote. "He did a nice job tracking and adjusting to underthrown deep balls, used his speed to get open up the seam for an easy touchdown catch and added another one-handed grab for good measure." The 6-foot-6, 251-pound Howard is one of the three-best prospects at the Senior Bowl. He's been comped to Jimmy Graham.
Jan 25 - 1:15 PM

Alabama TE O.J. Howard accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

In so doing, he becomes arguably the best prospect to participate in this year's event. Howard joins teammates Ryan Anderson, Dalvin Tomlinson and Cole Mazza in Mobile. A potential first-rounder, Howard had 45 receptions for 595 yards and three touchdowns this past season. An AFC area scout comped him to Jimmy Graham earlier this month.
Source: Senior Bowl
Jan 16 - 1:43 PM

Alabama senior TE O.J. Howard caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 35-31 loss to Clemson in the National Championship Game.

Howard went off against Clemson last year, too, scoring a pair of touchdowns on blown coverages. The 6-foot-6, 251-pounder's touchdown on Monday came on (what else?) a blown coverage, as he sprinted down the left sideline and caught the ball in stride for a wide open 68-yard score near the end of the third quarter. During his Alabama career, Howard was woefully underutilized at times. That is no fault of his, though, and he has all the athletic talent to land as a first-round pick in this spring's draft. An AFC area scout recently comped him to Jimmy Graham.
Jan 10 - 12:55 AM