OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
OJ Howard to me is the can’t miss prospect of this entire draft. If a team needs a great blocking Tight End, well Howard might be the best in this class. Maybe the team needs an athletic freak in the pass game. Again, OJ Howard can give you that. He is one of those rare prospects that from day 1 improves both you run game with his blocking and the pass game with his ability to go make plays.
Now I have heard the argument that OJ Howard is not the best Tight End in this draft because he didn’t put up some of the numbers that other prospects did. This to me is a terrible argument. Stats do not tell the whole story. Alabama especially this season used him too often as a blocker. They knew he was maybe the most reliable blocker they had on the entire team. You throw in them having a true freshman starting at Quarterback and it makes some sense. They missed a great opportunity though to take more advantage of one of the best mismatches in all of college football.
Beyond all of that Howard is known as a great teammate and person off the field. He was a 4.0 student from what I understand and just conducted himself in a very professional manner. So far, I haven’t found any red flags that make me think this kid barring injury will be a bust in the NFL. I don’t say that often, but that is just the kind of confidence I have in this kid.