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Bear’s Jordan Howard Scouting Report – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook
– Howard was chosen in the 5th round by Chicago with the 150th overall selection.
During his rookie 2016 season, he has played in 7 games with 5 starts. He has 99 rushing attempts for 505 yards and a fine 5.1 average per carry and 2 TDs. He added 18 receptions for 177 yards and 1 TD and 0 fumbles.
Last week vs Vikings in the Bears huge 20-10 win, he carried 26 times for 153 yards, an impressive 5.9 yard average and 1 TD. He added 4 catches for 49 yards. It was his third 100 yard rushing game in just five starting assignments. He is a core weapon on the Bears offense going forward.
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Photo - RB Jordan Howard - Bears (Indiana)
NFL Draft Review 2016- June, 2016
With their #5 pick, they added running back Jordan Howard, a physical thumper who can be a workhorse runner. He gives this attack a critical physical presence for late in the game and in cold weather. He could see ample time this season at a pressing need position. He is one of the best third day additions in the entire draft process. Top ten rookie impact players and late steal for fantasy leagues. Frank Coyle
Jordan Howard #8 - 6-0, 230 - Indiana - Sp. 4.55 - Rating 75
Physical big-play north-south runner is moving on to the next level after an outstanding junior season for the Hoosiers. Shows thick frame and muscle definition throughout his body. As a runner, he has a physical style and uses his fine body strength to lower his shoulder and power into defenders and run through arm tackle attempts. Tough, aggressive finisher who seems to usually fall forward as he is tackled, for extra yards. Short stride allows him to change directions easily with the burst to accelerate to top speed very quickly. Shows fine long speed to run away from defenders and hit many big plays. Fine balance and the ability to change speeds and directions. His run vision is a definite plus and properly reads blocks, see the holes and keep his pads square to the line. As a pass catcher, he shows soft reliable hands whether making the reception in space or close quarters. Aggressive and effective in pass protection to sustain his blocks. Durability and toughness are big pluses, as he's been able to play through minor injuries. Faced a lot of eight-man fronts and was still able to be very effective. Definitely the main weapon in a balanced offense. Shows fine endurance and wants the ball in big situations. Once he got through the initial contact, he was a potential home run on any given play. One of the top three-down backs in the class with his ability as a receiver and in pass protection.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 9 games and rushed for 1213 yards on 196 carries for a 6.2 yard average and 9TDs. He caught 11 passes for 106 yards and 1 TD. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1587 yards on 306 carries for a 5. average and 13 TDs. He caught 9 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD. Over his career, he rushed for over 3600 yards on 647 carries for a 5.7 yard average with 24 rushing TDs and 24 catches with 3 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’ and 230 lbs. He did not run. He did 16 reps with a 34” VL, a 10’2” BJ and adequate positional drills.
The Skinny: Tough back with well-rounded skills to be an NFL feature runner. He is a natural runner who has proven to be a tough workhorse back with strong lower unit and speed to change games. Smooth runner with the ability to shift gears, follow blockers and break plays. Combines the size, speed, quickness and power to run between the tackles and get outside. Well-rounded back with enough quickness to make the corner and the burst to make plays. Durable talent probably goes in the top 100 prospects and capable of being a high quality feature back similar to Andre Williams in size, style and power. Fine 2nd day addition with starting talent.
Draft Projection: 4th Round
Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites