2016 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about XAVIEN HOWARD: Baylor, 6001 201 4.56. Junior entry from Houston, TX. Two-year starter. First-team All- Big 12. Good size for the position. Takes a forward stutter step on initial read. A little upright and appears to have his weight too far back in his pedal. However he has a smooth pedal and fluid hips. Smooth turn and run in deep coverage. Takes an extra step at time reacting to a cut but mirrors cuts well and has another gear when closing. Physical in press coverage using his hands with a solid offhand jam and does a good job riding the receiver. He is very good in man under two deep coverage. Normally has good focus on the receiver along with reacting to cuts. In zone coverage he has good awareness and normally plays up to the short routes while defending underneath the deep route. Physical tackler with explosiveness on contact. Good ball skills. Works hard to get in position for the interception. In man cover he does not always stay in phase with the receiver with the ball in the air and he is vulnerable to back door fades and under thrown balls. Has good size, tools, and playing speed. 2015 stats: 42 T, 5 INT, 10 PBU. BTR:left 4.74, right 4.72. OSR:29/ 34. Second/third round. (A-31 1/4, H-9 1/2, VJ-33, SS-4.15).