"I'm happy to hear that Jaye has been selected in the fourth round of the NFL Draft," Florida head coach Will Muschamp said. "Jaye made tremendous strides during the last year to put himself in a position to be a valued pick in the NFL Draft."
Howard was the first Florida player off the board. His fourth round selection is the lowest for the first Gator to be picked since Lawrence Hatch was a sixth round selection of the New England Patriots in 1993.
Howard finished his career at Florida playing in 45 games with 25 starts. He made 131 tackles (80 solo, 51 assisted), 25.5 tackles for loss, 11 quarterback sacks, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries during his career at Florida.
Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn served as the defensive line coach for the Seahawks before taking his current job in Gainesville.
"Excited for Jaye to have been selected by Seattle," Quinn said. "He put out good tape and worked hard at improving his skills all year. I knew he is excited to go compete for the Seahawks."