what seperates the rest of the linebackers and him? from what i have heard the only knock against him is that he is sometimes slow to react to plays. Other than that he has decent size(a little slim but that can be changed) he has great speed(4.5) and can play both the run and pass. He is an article from NFL.com to back-up what im saying. So why not have him in the mix as a possible linebacker pick? and to make it even better he can be picked late in the first so we could trade down(which seems to be a popular idea here)and pick up at least another 3rd rounder. Just wondering why he isnt getting any hype around here. "Despite being an elite athlete, Howard was not the dominant player he flashed the ability to be. He has the rare athleticism to make plays all over the field vs. every type of play. Because of his natural flexibility, explosiveness and use of hands he can play stronger at the point of attack than you expect and can knock lead blockers backwards in the hole to disrupt runs in the backfield before they get started. He has the playing speed to consistently chase down plays in backside pursuit, can cover receivers (tight ends and running backs) all over the field in tight man-to-man coverage and can get deep down the seam to handle middle coverage in the "Tampa 2" defensive coverage. The biggest concern is that Howard does not consistently sniff out the play fast and is often a beat late breaking in the direction of the play and in college, his play speed allowed him to make up for it, but in the NFL he will not be able to. Overall, he is going to be a very dangerous starting linebacker in the NFL because of his ability to make big plays vs. the run and in coverage, but he will always frustrate his coaches by not being as consistently productive as he is physically capable of. "