Sam Howell

Sam Howell

Measurements
  • Height
    6015
  • Hand
    9 5/8
  • VJ
  • Weight
    212lbs
  • Arm
    30 6/8
  • Speed
QB Combine Averages
  • Height
    6033
  • Hand
    9 1/2
  • VJ
    31.5
  • Weight
    224lbs
  • Arm
    32
  • Speed
    4.88
Peter Engler - Scout
Sam Howell
  • Overall Rank
    45
  • Position Rank
    3
  • Position
    QB
  • Age
    21.8 Years
  • Team
    NORTH CAROLINA

Stats

Year Games (Wins) Pass Atts Comp% Pass Yards ADOT TDs:INTs Passer Rating Rush Yds
2019 13 (7) 422 61.4% 3641 11.8 38:7 108.8 35
2020 12 (8) 348 68.1% 3586 11.3 30:7 113.3 146
2021 12 (5) 347 62.5% 3056 12.4 24:9 97.2 828

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Limited height with thick build. Large, muscular arms with limited length. Hand size is poor and is important due to ball security questions. Solid core with very wide thighs and defined calves. Missed only collegiate game in 2021 (Wofford) due to unspecified upper-body injury on his non-throwing side.

  • Size
    4
  • Length
    4
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 4.7

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

Responsible for a few checks pre-snap, but not asked to set protection. Outstanding toughness and motor, compared to Russell Wilson by NCSU staff, fighting for every inch on runs and stepping into contact on throws. Above the line instincts as a runner to react to defender's body positioning ... Needs to touch up on football IQ, repeatedly throwing on RPOs with blockers downfield and other rule misunderstandings.

  • Toughness
    8
  • Instincts
    7
  • Effort/Motor
    8
Grade 7.7

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Above the line foot speed that can beat angles to the corner. Has real threat as a runner, with outstanding explosiveness into space, above the line ability to read block development, and adequate COD to make cuts. Above the line play strength to slip through tackles and fight for extra yards... Balance breaks down after repeated cuts.

  • Explosiveness
    8
  • Speed
    7
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    5
  • Change of Direction
    6
  • Play Strength
    7
Grade 6.3

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

Very quick feet to move around the pocket, can slide/climb to avoid rush and reset very quickly. Flashes the ability to manipulate defenders with eyes. Adequate decision-making considering a system that didn't give him many answers. Flashed ability to anticipate with throws early in the year. Quick throwing motion and shows above the line velocity on underneath to intermediate throws, able to squeeze into tight windows between the numbers. Outstanding accuracy underneath to protect WRs and create YAC for players in motion. Gets outside the pocket well and can throw accurately off-platform. … Backpedals in most drops. Rarely made it to a third read, scrambling if initial read was covered. Plays hero ball, especially in clutch situations, leading to poor decisions. Lost trust in receivers throughout the year (reasonably) and stopped anticipating with throws. Limited throwing mechanics, overstriding with overly-wide plant step, pointing plant foot across body, and opening hips early, significantly decreasing torque. Kicks back leg. Uneven shoulders on deep passes. Poor weight transfer. Mechanical issues compound on deep passes, causing limited accuracy.

  • Accuracy
    6
  • Release/Touch
    6
  • Throwing Mechanics
    4
  • Decision Making
    6
  • Create/Throw on Run
    7
  • Leadership/Clutch
    6
  • Mobility in Pocket
    8
  • Arm Strength
    6
Grade 6.1

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Junior who has started all of his 37 career games, including 12 of 12 in 2021 with a 5-7 record and 20-17 career record. Four-star HS recruit and 2018 NC Gatorade POY who started all of his seven years in HS and college. The first true freshman to start a season-opening game for North Carolina. Named Freshman All-American, All-ACC Third Team, and ACC Rookie of the Year in 2019, All-ACC Second Team in 2020, and All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2021. Graduated in 2.5 years. Under HC Mack Brown (third year) and OC/QBs Coach Phil Longo (third year), player led an RPO-heavy Air Raid offense that was 2021's 19th-best scoring offense and 10th-total offense (including the 7th-most yards per play) despite losing most of prior season's offensive talent in the draft. Low-end starting QB you can win with pending a season of mechanical development and transition to a pro-style system. Highly-competitive, thick QB who has plus scrambling ability and has superb underneath accuracy and velocity. Height is an issue as is repeated contact as a runner. Needs to show the ability to be accurate deep.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • v Wake Forest
  • Nov - 06 - 2021
  • Won shootout against #10 team, completing 61.5% while adding 104 rush yds and 3 total TDs
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Virginia Tech
  • Sep - 03 - 2021
  • Threw three INTs and completed only 53.1% while taking 5 sacks
Best Trait
Toughness/Quick Feet
Pro Comparison
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