2022 Senior Bowl Quarterbacks Preview
Sam Howell, North Carolina
Sam Howell was the favorite of this group to be the first drafted quarterback at this time last year, but now he is right in the middle of the pack looking to stand out. A lot of people put the down season of Howell on the fact that his offense lost NFL talent, but then the question becomes how much did the NFL talent carry him the season prior?
There are two things that Howell has going for him. He is mobile, especially when it comes to being able to extend the play. Also, he has a cannon for an arm. However, a lot of the other questions have to be filled in. His mobility became too much of his game, mainly because he is not an elite athlete, but rather just a strong scrambler. He cannot rely on his running nearly as much in the NFL.
Beyond that, his passing performance came down to RPOs and deep sideline shots, without much substance in between. He can show off the NFL arm, and can fit the ball into tight windows, but can he do more than one read, followed by a tuck and run? Howell is a player that should be coming in and looking to show that he can do everything on the whiteboard, and can act it out in practice. He should look the most dominant of any quarterback this week if he wants to be the first drafted.