2017 Guide: What Ourlads' NFL Scouting Services said about OJ HOWARD: Alabama, 6055 249 4.55. Four-year starter from Prattville, AL. One of three finalists for the John Mackey Award. Received All-America and All-SEC mention on several teams. A tools-rich, hard working athlete who grew up in a pro style offense and saw plenty of action blocking and tackling over the past four years. He has the physical ability to energize the tight end position on any team. Howard is a match-up nightmare for defenses because of his size, speed, and athletic ability. Woefully underused at Alabama until the national championship game where he showcased his immense talent. He has the speed to run away from defensive backs after the catch. The Tide weapon has the ball skills and the envious catch radius (80 5/8" wing span) to pluck the ball out of the air. He is an experienced and developed route runner. Flexibility and technique are there when blocking. An every down and every situation type player. His foot quickness is rare, getting timed in a 4.16 short shuttle with his long legs. He needs to build up more core strength and lower blocking power. Howard’s next level talent will only be limited by what he tells himself. Pro Bowl tools are there. 2016 stats: 45-595, 13.2 ypr, 3 TD. OSR:1/17. First round. (A-33 7/8, H-10, VJ-30, SS-4.16).