apl2g Posted March 6, 2016 Share Posted March 6, 2016 Howard spent one season with the Seahawks in 2012 after being a fourth-round pick that year. He was let go the following summer and the Chiefs signed him. He was a backup in 2013, but started 23 games the past two seasons, including 13 in 2015. At 6-foot-3, 301 pounds, he is a power player who can anchor in against the run, but he also has some pass-rush ability from a down spot. He had 5.5 sacks last season and one in the playoffs against Houston. Howard played a defensive end in the Chiefs' 3-4 style of defense, but I think he can move inside in a 4-3 and still have success. Here’s a look at Howard playing the run in a Week 17 game against the Raiders. This is a play that showed his power and quickness. I love how Howard is quick off the ball and gets across the face of right tackle J’Marcus Webb, then uses his arms to stay free and chases Latavius Murray down for 1-yard loss. That’s the quickness that shows up a bunch on his tape. Here's a look at him using power to get a piece of a tackle for no gain. On this play, left tackle Chris Clark initially got a solid cut-off block against Howard. But Howard was able to use his strength to free himself and come down the line and help tackle Akeem Hunt for no gain. Two plays later, he showed off his pass-rushing ability by beating left guard Xavier Su’a-Filo with his hands and then his speed. Howard had great get-off on the play, and then when Su’a-Filo tried to get his hands on him, he was able to use his own the shake him off and explode around him to dump Brian Hoyer for a sack. That’s some pretty impressive quickness for a 310-pounder. The last play I wanted to highlight was of him making a play against the Ravens. I chose this play because he was working against Marshal Yanda, who is considered one of the top guards in the league. Howard was initially doubled by the center and Yanda, but split the double and showed off his powerful lower body by lifting Yanda into the air, throwing him to the side, and then making the play on running back Buck Allen. That's brute strength on display there. Howard is a rising player in a league where teams are in constant search for good, down players on their defensive line. The knock on him is consistency. He can flash like those plays above, yet disappear for stretches. That could be because of inexperience. Bills guard Richie Incognito, who is a **** good guard, pushed him around some when they met. At times, Incognito had Howard on the ground, which should never happen. It appeared that Howard got frustrated with Incognito during that game. For the most part, though, this is a player who should cash in nicely in free agency. Derek Wolfe got a four-year, $36 million deal from the Broncos and I would imagine that’s about what Howard will get on the open market. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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