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5 Things to Know About O.J. Howard

Posted Apr 27, 2017

A few interesting facts about the Alabama tight end.

1. He turned heads at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Howard is an intriguing prospect based on his 6-foot-6, 250-pound frame alone. But his performance at the NFL Scouting Combine proved that he’s not just a big body. Howard was clocked running the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, the second-fastest of any tight end in Indianapolis. His three-cone drill time of 6.85 seconds led all tight ends.

2. He’s a leader on and off the field.
During his time at Alabama, Howard was a member of the team’s leadership council and was selected as a captain several times throughout his career. Howard is also respected for his work off the field. This past season, he was selected to the SEC’s All-Community Service Team. He has donated his time to several causes, including visiting children’s hospitals, retirement homes and helping with Habitat for Humanity.

3. His numbers improved every season he was in college.
Howard’s numbers at Alabama don’t jump off the paper, but he showed steady improvement in each of his four collegiate seasons. In 2016, his senior season, he set career-highs in receptions, receiving touchdowns and receiving yards.

4. He has been the best in the business for a very long time.  
Howard has been best tight end in the country since he was in high school. Howard was listed as the No. 1 high school tight end prospect in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com.

5. He has been on a different level since high school.
By the time Howard made his high school’s starting lineup as a sophomore, he was already one of the best players in their history. Howard set an Autauga Academy record with 31 total touchdowns as a sophomore while also setting the school’s record for receiving yards in a single season. His junior year he scored 22 touchdowns – 11 receiving, eight rushing and three passing.