NFL Draft 2012 Results: More On Seahawks 4th Round Pick Jaye Howard

Depending on which ranking you are looking at, the Seattle Seahawks ended up with a top 15 ranked DT with their fourth round pick. Jaye Howard was a redshirt senior our of the Florida Gator's system. Weighing in at 301 pounds, he is a big guy who can terrorize the opposing offensive lines. There was a pretty strong depth at defensive tackle this year, which put most analysts picking Howard in the 4th or 5th round.

Nationalfootballpost.com says that Howard is best when he gets going initially, otherwise he tends to struggle and get tied up.

A well built defensive tackle with a solid frame and good length for his size. Showcases natural flexibility sitting into his stance. Coils up well and exhibits an explosive first step off the football. Shoots low off the football can gain leverage and showcase some violence with his hands when looking to disengage.

Exhibits the ability though to win with his first step. Possesses the get off burst to threaten gaps off the football, plays low, keeps his pad level down and exhibits the balance to make himself small through tight areas. Is a "plus" one-gap defender.

At the combine, he ran the second quickest 40 yards out of the DT at 4.82 seconds. He has a vertical jump of 27.5 inches, and a broad jump of 106 inches. Howard looks to use his speed to gain the upper hand.

The consistent criticisms about Howard say that if he gets tied up he struggles to get free.

However, is a bit inconsistent as an in-line defender. Can be overwhelmed on contact and will at times get off the ball late. If he doesn't gain leverage initially has a tough time anchoring on contact. Isn't a guy who can handle any type of additional attention as well and was driven to the ground even vs. a single block inside. Needs to get stronger in the lower half and improve his overall ball awareness if he hopes to hold his own at the point at the next level.

Howard looks to be a big, athletic kid with the skillset to be an impact player on the Seahawks, but it will take some hard work and the growth of his game and awareness to become a regular starter.

For more on the 2012 NFL Draft, visit our NFL Draft StoryStream throughout the weekend. For a complete list of 2012 NFL Draft results as they happen, visit SBNation.com. To talk Seahawks, make sure you head to Field Gulls and join in on the discussion.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Seattle

You must be a member of SB Nation Seattle to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Seattle. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.