Finding Broncos: Scouting Indiana Running Back Jordan Howard

While Erick Trickel was watching tape on a couple of other Indiana prospects, his eyes caught this running back, who intrigued him. After digging into the film, what were the final thoughts?

http://www.scout.com/player/161420-jordan-howard?s=101

Combine Results

BENCH PRESS: 16 REPS

VERTICAL JUMP: 34.0 INCH

BROAD JUMP: 122.0 INCH

Pros

  • Played at UAB, then transferred to Indiana after UAB closed their football program. He was able to step in like he was playing there for years.
  • Nearly average 150 yards every game he played a full game in.
  • Bigger back, but can make himself skinny through holes
  • NFL level vision
  • Natural running ability
  • Excellent at choosing proper angles
  • Decisive and runs with a punishing finish
  • Excellent short yardage awareness
  • Drives through tackles
  • Great work ethic

Cons

  • Slows when making cuts
  • Not made for a one-cut system
  • One-speed
  • Not made for running outside of the tackles
  • Health/durability. Missed four games due to ankle/knee injuries
  • Takes a lot of unnecessary big hits
  • Plays too upright
  • Unreliable receiver, despite having shown potential
  • Blocking?
  • Easy to catch from behind
  • Major balance issues
  • Poor footwork

Overall Thoughts

When I first caught Howard, I was really impressed. Then I dug deeper into more film and came away really unimpressed. Shows very little potential to be a three-down running back, with non-existent blocking and unreliable receiving ability. He is a natural runner, but it is only going north-south.

When asked to go east-west, he looked very uncomfortable, and, to put it bluntly, undraftable. For a team looking for a third down back to be part of a RBBC, Howard is a good option. However, where do you take a player who is as limited as he is?

As for the Denver Broncos, Howard is one of the worst fits for running backs. There is little-to-no potential for Howard to improve his one-cut ability and Denver relies on the 'one-cut and go' skill-set for their running backs.

Broncos Round Projection: Off their board

Where He Goes: Third/Fourth round.

Per sources: Howard is viewed by many as strictly a short yardage back, with little to offer in anything else.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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