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Sam Howell

QB

UNC

Height

6'1"

Weight

224

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
Vertical
Broad
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
9 1/8"
31 3/8"
75 1/2"

Final Grade

7.11

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Notre Dame ('20), NC State ('21), Notre Dame ('21), Va Tech ('21)

Team Fit

Strengths 

Plays the game with a swagger that is hard not to love. Exudes confidence and toughness. Attacks defenses. Fearless with high-end "gamer" traits. Possesses a live arm to make all the throws asked of him. Accurate to all levels and shows an understanding and command of ball placement. Athletic enough that defenses must account for his legs. Seems to thrive in chaos and views broken plays as an opportunity to create. Productive and highly decorated passer at UNC.

Weaknessess

Tucks the ball if he doesn't like what his first read provides far too often. Overly comfortable running at the first sign of pressure; needs to command the pocket and go through progressions. Needs intensive education on protecting his body; exposes himself to too much contact. Game falls apart under duress; operates much better in a clean pocket.

Big Picture

Sam Howell is equal parts "football player" and quarterback. There are rough edges to his game but the core is rock solid. Toughness...check...arm talent...check...athleticism...check. There is too much there to pass on for teams in search of their QB1 of the future. Howell physically looks like a muscled up Baker Mayfield and shows similar moxie and confidence. He will be in discussion during the mid-1st to early 2nd round. Once his processing and "quick tuck" instinct are rewired by an NFL staff, his game will play nicely. In a crowed 2022 QB Class, Howell's arm talent will give him every opportunity to claim the throne as the best QB of the group when it's all said and done. He's a "gamer" that will endear himself to the lockeroom and fanbase, and leave it all out on the field.

Player Comp

Athleticism:

7.4

Plus athlete at the QB position; will exploit a defense if you leave too much grass infront of him. Thick and well-built for a mobile QB. Adept at scrambling and evading the rush. Turns broken plays into first downs on a regular basis. Not overly explosive but can beat a front seven defender to a mark. Runs the RPO well; extensive experience at UNC. Doesn't have much shake to him in the open field.

Agility
Scrambling Ability and
RPO and Play Action
Explosiveness/Speed
Pocket Mobility/Avoid Pressure
7.25
7.75
7.5
7.5
7

Passing Skills:

Big Play Ability

7.25

Big Play Ability
Touch and Ball Placement
Arm Strength
Footwork
7.75
7.25
8
7.5
Quick-Release/Mechanics
Delivery
Short Accuracy
Intermediate Accuracy
Deep Accuracy
7.5
7
7.75
7.5
7

Very quick and efficient release. Delivers NFL ready ball today. Ball comes out low due to his stature and he's prone to tips and batted balls (see Virginia Tech '21). Can adjust his arm slot to make off balance and off schedule throws. Arm talent is there in spades; can rip all routes in the tree as well as drop in a bucket over the top of coverage. Arms strength and accuracy are what coaches are looking for in a QB1 at the next level. Understands proper ball placement; delivers where only his receiver can make a play on the football. Sand lot type player than can make special plays. Equal parts football players and Quarterback. Calm in his drop; clean and consistent footwork. Throws off his backfoot at times and loses pace and accuracy. Accuracy falls off a bit on the move.

7.31

Competitiveness:

Poise in Pocket
Production
Improvisational Ability
Intangibles/Leadership
6.5
7
8

As tough as they come; isn't afraid to tack a lick to pick up the extra yard. Needs to protect his body more at the next level. Took way too much contact in college. Absolute "Gamer" that will come at you until the final whislte; there is no quit in him. Has the arm and legs to make special plays on a routine basis. Three very productive years at UNC, all over 3,000 yds and 24 TDs. Worst statistical year was 2021 following the loss of top playmakers around him.

Intelligence:

6.5

Instincts
Field Vision
Decision Making
Pre-Snap Adjustment
6.5
6.5
6
7

Needs to overcome his instinct to tuck and run every time green grass is infront of him. Too many one read and tuck plays at UNC. Needs to go through progressions instead of abandoning and using his legs. Will often force the ball to his first option instead of progressing through reads. Commands his offense pre-snap. Confident and comfortable making adjustments at the line.

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