Rankings

Player Display Name: 
A.J. Howard

Safety
School: Appalachian State | Conference: Sun Belt
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5-10.4 / 200 | 40: 4.57 | DRAFT YR:2018

Rankings

Grade
3.02
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Three-year starter who earned Third Team All-Sun Belt honors and made 66 tackles (3.5 for loss) with one interception and seven pass breakups in 2017. Recorded 54 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and four PBUs as a junior. Played a backup role in 2015 and posted 35 tackles (five for loss) and 0.5 sacks. Started 12 games and made 64 tackles with one forced fumble as a true freshman.
Pos: 
Explosive straight-line safety who’s constantly around the action. Fires up the field to defend the run, shows good quickness and keeps the action in front of him. Throws his body around the field to make tackles. Displays an explosive closing burst. Wraps up tackling.
Neg: 
Average ball skills and struggles to make plays with his back to the ball. Occasionally ducks his head, which results in missed tackles.
Analysis: 
Howard is a tough competitor who plays bigger and faster than his listed numbers. He offers possibilities as a dime back in a zone system and comes with a special-teams mentality.