|Jaye Howard Scouting Report
|Jaye Howard - Florida (HT: 6-3 - WT: 301)
Positives -- Very good first step off the line, good rip and swim moves, can knife through gaps and quickly work his way into the backfield, good short-area burst with a second gear to close... Reasonably good length for his size, has shown some quick and violent hands; when he stays low, he has
the ability to control blockers and keep them off his frame in both the run and pass game... Plays with good balance; his quickness allows him to pursue down the line of scrimmage, good lateral movement and change of direction agility; does a nice job working down the line in backside support... Can penetrate into the backfield to disrupt running plays; also has above average range with the ability to make plays off his frame, does a nice job in pursuit... Has some potential as both a pass rusher and run stopper and should be part of a rotation right away... Versatile, could play 4-3 DT (3-technique) or 3-4 DE (5-technique), lined up at the 1-technique most often as a senior at Florida but projects best to a one-gap 3-4 defense... Ran an impressive 4.82-40 and looked very good in field drills at the combine.
Negatives -- Doesn't have the power to consistently get off blocks when engaged and make plays, needs to improve functional strength, can be handled when he doesn't win off the snap... Doesn't anchor very well, struggles to hold the point of attack, gets overpowered by larger blockers and struggles to disengage at times; the type of player that generally does fine in one-on-one situations but struggles to hold the point versus double teams... Has an inconsistent motor, looks like a guy that plays in spurts and runs out of steam rather quickly... Instincts and awareness are just average, can be slow to locate the ball... He could stand to get stronger in the lower body and add a little bulk to get more looks as a 4-3 DT... Minor durability concerns, missed two games in 2010 with an ankle injury that required off-season surgery and also forced him to miss spring practice.
At Florida -- (Official School Bio) 2011: Started all 13 games at defensive tackle in his senior season... Finished tied for second on the team with 10.0 tackles for loss, totaling a team-best 64 yards, and 5.5 sacks, for a team-high 50 yards... Tied for the team lead with four QB hurries, and tops on the Gators with two fumble recoveries, including a 2-yard touchdown return against Kentucky... Fourth on the team with 65 tackles on the year... Voted Team Captain by his teammates... Selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala... Phil Steele's Preseason All-SEC First Team (DT)... Phil Steele's Preseason All-American Fourth Team (DL)... CFPA Defensive Lineman Trophy Watch List... Bednarik Award Watch List... Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List... Outland Trophy Watch List... Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List (LB)... Phil Steele's Midseason All-SEC Second Team (DL)... Recorded five tackles in the Gator Bowl against Ohio State, with 1.5 sacks for 14 yards... Notched five tackles, 2.0 for a 6-yard loss, against Florida State, and recovered a fumble if the fourth quarter to set up a Florida TD... Recorded five tackles and 1.0 TFL fro four yards against Furman, while adding a quarterback hurry... Had four solo tackles against South Carolina with one tackle for a loss of five yards... Had five tackles in the gators win over Vanderbilt, four of them solo... He also recorded two tackles for a loss and one sack for a loss of 11 yards against the Commodores... Had eight tackles against Georgia... Had six total tackles with five solo tackles against Auburn... Teamed up for seven tackles against LSU... Contributes eight total tackles with four solo tackles against Alabama... Had three total tackles against Kentucky, while recovering a fumble and returning it two yards for his first career touchdown... Named SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week after UK... Had four tackles in Florida's win over Tennessee, and also teamed up for a tackle for a loss and a sack for a loss of 10 yards... Had four total tackles in the season opener, with 1.5 tackles for a loss and a 12-yard sack, to earn him the first SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor of the year.