Jordan Howard, RB
School: Indiana | Conference: BIG 10
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-0 / 230lbs
Projected Draft Status: 2nd Round or 3rd Round
NFL Comparison: Jonathan Stewart
Jordan Howard is one of the better 1-cut / bruiser backs in this draft class. He really brought some relevance to the Hoosiers this seasons when he transferred from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB ended its football program in 2015). He dominated while playing at UAB setting the single-season rushing record there with 1587 rushing yards. His production didn't drop off much when he moved to a power-5 conference with higher level competition. Howard has good speed and plays with great balance and vision. He won't outrun the speedier secondary players of the NFL but he has a knack for lowering his head and trying to bowl them over. Howard could have returned to Indiana for his senior season but he opted forgo his final year of eligibility because he recognized he had over 600 carries in college and RB's don't have a long lifespan in the NFL. Howard averaged over 130 yard per game this season despite missing 4 games due to ankle and knee injuries.
- Built compact and stout can really dish out a hit when he lowers his head to try and hit an opponent.
- North / South runner who is decisive in his cuts and shows good burst through them. Has the instincts and patience to set up and follow his blocks.
- Always keeps his legs moving and plays low he gets the tough yards by always going forward.
- Has a little lateral step to avoid the worst of some tackles its a nice alternative to all the bashing and may preserve him longer.
- Struggles as a pass blocker he seems to have trouble positioning himself and making himself stout when taking on rushers.
- Doesn't have elite speed, agility, or quickness. Can't stop on a dime and change direction and doesn't really have any elusive moves either.
- Needs work as a receiver wasn't a real target at either school he attended.
Let's see his work:
Watched some more Jordan Howard today, not as impressed as I was with past film. 2 down thumper. Comp him to the older Michael Turner— Nick Whalen (@_NickWhalen) March 9, 2016
Jordan Howard is a solid back, but he's not gonna do much more than get what is there. No wiggle whatsoever. Prob being overvalued some.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 8, 2016
@MattWaldman running style wise. I keep seeing Temple Bernard Pierce when watching Jordan Howard. Forward momentum runners.— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 7, 2016
Jordan Howard 2015 Highlights || "Blow Up" || Indiana https://t.co/Aia7iGOOLc— BlazinBham (@BlazinBham) February 28, 2016
I'd like to see Jordan Howard play to his body more often. Lacks burst. Drive through DBs, not dance around them pic.twitter.com/APy342z7oq— Ian Wharton (@NFLFilmStudy) February 19, 2016
Jordan Howard certainly likes to truck people— Paul Conner (@P_ConnerJr) February 18, 2016
Jordan Howard has OUTSTANDING balance— Jonah Tuls (@JonahTulsNFL) February 18, 2016
Jordan Howard - strong inside runner w/ vision, good burst and finishes runs falling forward pic.twitter.com/OhijB4ODWe— Connor Rogers (@ConnorJRogers) February 10, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Howard is considered by many to be one of the top 5 running backs in this year's draft class. He's a physical, tough runner that nearly always converts the tough yards and has positive plays. When Howard runs the 40 at Indiana's pro day on March 30th it will likely solidify his selection as a 2nd round pick (provided he runs a good time). Howard has the vision, toughness, and motor to be a true workhorse back for an NFL team. It may not be the popular choice to pick a running back so high in this year's draft but provided the Redskins offensive line further improves in their run blocking a duo of Howard and Jones should send opposing teams to the ice bath more often than normal. I would advocate a time share between to the two to try and keep them fresh and preserve their health as well. Jones would be the more dynamic of the two with his pass catching ability and better speed however Howard would be critical likely getting the lion's share of yards and in getting the tough yards and in goalline situations.