Raiders draft Thomas Howard in round two

With the Oakland Raiders second round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, 38th overall, they selected UTEP linebacker Thomas Howard.

Adding a second member to the defensive side of the field, the Oakland Raiders went with production in their selection of Thomas Howard.

A three-year starter and All-Conference selection the past two years, Howard totaled 85 tackles with three sacks and 7.5 sacks after netting 62 tackles with eight sacks and 14 tackles for a loss as a junior.

Howard is an immediate upgrade to a linebacking crew that needs more playmakers and he will team with Kirk Morrison to make a formidable unit.

At 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, Howard still managed to run a 4.42 forty-yard dash. His ability to play sideline-to-sideline intrigued the Raiders.

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