Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Seahawks' picks: Round 4/114 - Jaye Howard, DT, 6-3, 301, Florida...Howard played under former Seahawks defensive line coach Dan Quinn at Florida, where he serves as the Gators defensive coordinator. That should help in his transition to Seattle. - The Sports Xchange
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Howard was a top 50 defensive end recruit out of high school, choosing Florida over Florida State, Auburn and Rutgers.
After redshirting in 2007, he saw time as a backup on the defensive line in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, recording eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Howard saw more playing time in 2009 as a sophomore (four starts), finishing with 29 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.
He became a full-time starter in 2010 as a junior with eight starts, recording 29 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Howard had his most productive season in 2011 as a senior (13 starts), finishing with 65 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two pass breakups and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a score).
Howard was a defensive end/linebacker in high school and has done a nice job adding 60-plus pounds since enrolling in Gainesville as a 230-pounder, but not all of that is good weight despite looking in better shape in 2011. He is a fluid and flexible athlete for the position with the natural explosion to shoot gaps and gain a step on blockers, but he doesn?t always play at full intensity and has poor snap anticipation.
Howard doesn?t have the ideal frame or strength to be a regular contributor in the NFL, but his athleticism and foot quickness will earn him a shot ? a late round player who flashes, but is mostly an inconsistent performer and doesn?t play up to his ability.
Strengths: Carries his weight well for his size and looks to be in much improved shape. Quick-footed with nimble agility and range to work up and down the line of scrimmage. Good get-off burst and quickness with natural explosion. Looks fluid when moving laterally and is a flexible and natural bender. Gets to plays in a hurry with smooth pursuit and penetration skills. Has very good awareness and uses his eyes well with field sense. Does a nice job getting his hands up at the line to knock down passes. Has a versatile skill-set with experience lining up at several different defensive line spots over his career.
Weaknesses: Possesses a narrow frame and lacks an ideal frame to add much more girth or bulk. Has underwhelming strength for the position and lacks raw power ... too easily controlled by single blockers. Doesn't always finish and too easily gets locked up, struggling to shed. Has streaky snap anticipation and needs to develop better reaction skills. Recorded too many facemask and offsides penalties, struggling with poor discipline ... easily jumps off hard counts. Lacks a wide array of pass rush moves and needs to finish after he gets his hands on ballcarriers. Was part of a defensive line rotation most of his career and was out-played by underclassmen the past few years. Battled a right ankle injury in 2010 and needs to stay conditioned.
NFL Comparison: Jarron Gilbert, Buffalo Bills
-- Dane Brugler
Positives: Carries his weight well for his size and looks to be in much improved shape. Quick-footed with nimble agility and range to work up and down the line. Gets to plays in a hurry with smooth pursuit and penetration skills. Does a nice job getting his hands up at the line to knock down passes. Versatile skill-set with experience lining up at several different d-line spots.
Negatives: Narrow frame and lacks an ideal frame to add much more girth or bulk. Underwhelming strength for the position and lacks raw power – too easily controlled by single blockers. Doesn’t always finish and too easily gets locked up, struggling to shed. Has streaky snap anticipation and needs to develop better reaction skills.
Played in 45 games as a Gator, making 25 starts…Has collected 131 tackles (80 solo, 51 assisted), 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 quarterback sacks, two pass breakups and three fumble recoveries during his time at UF.
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.
Appeared in 11 games, starting eight and missing Georgia and Vanderbilt with a right ankle sprain…Started at defensive tackle vs. Miami University, USF, LSU and Penn State…Started at defensive end in Florida’s victories over Tennessee and Kentucky, at Alabama and vs. Mississippi State…Wore jersey number 62 at Alabama in tribute to former Gator Lamar Abel, a former walk-on who was part of the 2008 Florida National Championship team. Abel passed away on May 22, 2010…Had 29 tackles on the season with 10.0 tackles for loss…Graded out a Champion and was named Player of the Game versus Miami and Kentucky…Started at defensive tackle and contributed five tackles, all solo, including one for loss in Florida’s win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl…Recorded two tackles for a loss of five yards versus Florida State…Teamed up for a tackle versus Appalachian State…Contributed a tackle versus Appalachian State…Contributed a tackle in Florida’s game versus South Carolina…Was sidelined for UF’s games versus Georgia and Vanderbilt with a right ankle injury…Contributed three tackles, including a half for a loss versus Mississippi State…Had five tackles, two for a loss of 11 yards and teamed up for a sack in the Gators’ game versus LSU…Started and recorded one tackle in Florida’s game versus Alabama…Was named the Player of the Game versus Kentucky for his three tackles and one tackle for loss…Recorded his first start of the season, had two sacks for a total loss of 12 yards and graded out a Champion versus Miami University…Was one of three SEC players to record the most (two) sacks in the first week…Only five players in all of college football had more sacks than Howard in the first week.
Saw time in 12 games for the Gators his redshirt sophomore campaign, including four starts versus Charleston Southern, Tennessee, FIU and FSU…Notched 29 tackles, 18 solo, 11 assisted, 3.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks in 2009… Contributed to UF’s defeat over Cincinnati in the 2010 Allstate Sugar Bowl…Led the Florida defense, for the second time in 2009, with a career-high 10 tackles in the 2009 SEC Championship Game versus Alabama…Started his fourth game of the season, collecting one solo tackle, as the Gators defeated FSU, 37-10…Bested his previous career mark in tackles (7), after leading the Gators in total tackles in the 62-3 win over FIU…Had a then career day on the road against the Gamecocks in South Carolina, rallying for a career-tying three tackles and a career-high sack for a loss of 10 yards in the win…Collected two tackles in UF’s winning efforts over Vanderbilt Nov. 7.
Saw game action in UF’s 41-17 win over Georgia in Jacksonville after missing the wins over Arkansas and Mississippi State…Came up with a new career-high three tackles at the time, including a half of a tackle for a loss of two yards in UF’s win over LSU in Baton Rouge…Secured the starting spot at defensive tackle in Florida’s win over Tennessee in the SEC opener, collecting one key tackle for a loss of six yards…Notched one tackle in Florida’s winning efforts against Troy…Made the first start of his career as a Gator at defensive tackle in the first game of the season against Charleston.
Played in nine of UF’s games during the season…Recorded eight tackles, including six solo and two assisted…Also owns 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 quarterback sacks and one fumble recover…Played a role in Florida’s 2008 SEC Championship Title, recording two tackles in the 31-20 win over Alabama…Tallied two tackles in four different games in 2008…The first tackle of his career came against South Carolina…Teamed up with classmate Matt Patchan to record his first career quarterback sack against the Gamecocks…Earned his first solo quarterback sack against Florida State and also notched his first fumble recovery against the Seminoles.
True freshman who earned a redshirt season and did not see any action.
Rated ninth among defensive ends by ESPN.com…Played both defensive end and linebacker in high school…During his senior year, Howard had 80 sacks, 15 tackles and four fumble recoveries…As a junior, he collected 116 tackles, including 20 for a loss, and totaled 10 sacks…Also played basketball in high school and led Jones to the Class 3A state title…High school football coach was Mike Cullison.
Parents are Altamease Howard and Father Jerry Howard Sr.
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11/14/12 - DT Jaye Howard, a fourth-round selection in this year's draft, was active for the first time this season against the New York Jets, but did not register a tackle.
11/07/12 - DT Jaye Howard, a fourth-round selection in this year's draft, has yet to be active for a game this season.
10/11/12 - DT Jaye Howard remains unavailable and did not practice on Wednesday because of a foot issue. Howard has missed the last two games because of the injury.
10/11/12 - DT Jaye Howard (foot) has not practiced at all this week, and he likely will not be available for the New England game.
10/07/12 - DT Jaye Howard was on the inactive list for a second consecutive game due to a foot injury he suffered in practice two weeks ago.