Downtown Rams Draft Profile: University of Houston DB Howard Wilson

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Our new massive series here at Downtown Rams will give you players that catch our eye. We will bring you bring you draft prospects, see where their fit is with the Rams and of course give you a player comparison.

Who is the 6-foot-1, 184 pound DB Howard Wilson? 

Howard Wilson, better known as “Pick Six” is a defensive back from Desoto, Texas who was a menace to quarterbacks through his prep career. The play continued to his collegiate play which he suffered a ACL injury. Started last season and played well to declare as a Red-shirt Sophmore to the NFL.

 

Strengths 

As a true freshman skills picked up where he left off at University of Houston

Knack for getting turnovers with nine total interceptions last season

First year as a starter, every 15 targets he would intercept a pass. 

Blanket cover with long arms making small throwing windows for quarterbacks.

Exceptional speed burst and skills to jump routes for interceptions or recovery on breaking routes

Great speed to stay with the speedy and tall tall receivers on deep routes.. 

Tremendous  leaper 50/50 balls security when in air. 

Ability to read quarterback in man or zone coverages.. 

When mind is made is a straight line to the ball. 

Has the hips and feet to mirror and match all over the field. 

Learned techniques transitioned well to the collegiate level.. 

Has no fear, will hit everyone. 

Like Brad Watson of Wake Forest, he can play zone, man, and press coverages.

Ability to play zero to cover four scheme

 

Weaknesses

As a one year full-time starter, is extremely talented, but extremely raw. 

Declaring early after a sophomore season would be a first round pick in 2018.

Has limited experience heading into a deep draft of experience cornerbacks in this draft.

Need to sharpen his pattern recognition and judgments down the field. 

Has a very thin frame with skinny legs. 

Will benefit by putting on more muscle to add to his frame. 

Tends to play too tall at times. 

May struggle and take time learning sophisticated defensive scheme

 

How does he fit with the Rams?

Howard Wilson has the skill level to play as a press coverage corner with ability to shield bigger receivers in one on one coverage on outside fits well in the 3-4 scheme. His speed and ability to jump routes and shutdown quick passing game strategies especially the bubbles screens.

 

Draft Grade

3rd-5th Round 

 

Player Comparison 

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