PLAYSTYLE AND SCHEME FIT
PASS GAME ANALYSIS
RUN GAME ANALYSIS
Sam Howell entered the 2021 college football season as the top QB on many big boards but did not have the year many expected him to have. After a solid 2020 season, Howell lost his two primary receivers and the best one-two punch RB combination in college football.
At 6-1 220lbs, Howell has a similar stature to Baker Mayfield. He is an outstanding athlete who can use his legs to move the sticks or keep a play alive. He possesses key traits NFL scouts and GM's are looking for in today's QB, but in 2021.
Howell improved his ability to go through progressions year over year in the passing game even though UNC relies on a lot of RPO's. He displays poise in the pocket, and he will stand in and make a tough throw with a defender bearing down on him. He throws the football with good zip and good, not elite arm strength. He can use different arm angles when needed and drive a football into a smaller window.
In the run game, Howell can be an asset as a runner. He can move the sticks in key moments, but he might sometimes rely on his legs too early, moving with happy feet when the pressure is imminent.
Overall, he must improve decision-making and do a better job hanging in the pocket longer, sidestepping pressure when possible rather than taking off too early.
(Instant Impact Potential)
(9.0-7.0) High-End Starter
(High Upside Potential)
(6.9-6.7) Solid Starter Level
(6.6-6.5) Low-Level Starter
(6.4) Starter Level Potential
(6.3) Limited Opportunity/Displays Starter Level Traits When Given the Opportunity
(Role Player Potential)
(6.2) Situational Starter/System Dependent/Role Player
(6.1-6.0) High-Level Backup/Developmental Starter Traits
(5.9) Career Backup Level
(5.8) Potential Backup Level/Needs Development To Become a #2
(5.7) Depth Player/#3 Level Depth Player
(Practice Squad Potential)
(5.6-5.5) Depth Player/#4 Level Depth Player/Practice Squad
(5.0-5.4) Priority Free Agent