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2016 NFL Draft: Xavien Howard selected 38th overall by Miami

Xavien Howard - CB/S, BaylorPick Analysis


Xavien Howard – CB/S, Baylor

Pick Analysis

After losing Brent Grimes this off-season the Dolphins desperately needed fresh talent at corner back, so they leapt up and grabbed one. Howard is a terrific athlete who lead Baylor in interceptions and has terrific feet, he had some bad moments in college but Miami will back themselves to coach him up and boy does he fill a need. (Toby Durant)

Player Analysis

Film isn’t always Howard’s friend.  There’s bad beats, too much early contact and interference, questionable playing speed and allowing easy separation at times.  But he has all the foundations to work and build on, as well as versatility to be used across the secondary if desired, and makes a bunch of plays which included five picks his junior year and saw him named All Big-12.  The 6ft, 200 lb corner has size for the pros and really looks the part.  While it’s often to his detriment right now by being overly so, he brings so much physicality to his game, hitting hard and is a sure tackler who wraps up well.  With a bit of improved discipline and experience to avoid the pass interference penalties and not grab so much, he should be able to make the most of his prototype measurables.  A role as a big nickel covering tight ends is an area where Howard can reduce mismatches that the elite at that position love to exploit over the middle.  In his more standard coverage duties outside, and despite the inconsistency that saw him give up a few big plays, there’s clearly a lot of natural ability to mirror movements of the wide out, with fluid transition when turning to run and reacting to route breaks.  There’s the understanding of when to break on the ball and jump routes, reading the QB’s eyes well and generally showing a quick ability to read and react.  He might take a little time to maximise his potential, but Howard is a natural at defensive back, with excellent position and scheme versatility, and there is excellent football IQ to go with the size he brings. (Rebecca Rennie)

Grade B+


2016 NFL Draft: Xavien Howard selected 38th overall by Miami

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