De’Arrius Howard   RB   Arkansas

 

Strengths

De’Arrius might be one of the most talented RB’s in this draft. The first time I saw him, he made the hair on my buttocks stand up and take notice.  He is quick, fast and powerful.  He understands how to set up blocks and has the speed to turn the corner if need be.  He has a quick burst through the hole and runs with good power and vision.  De’Arrius is as talented as LenDale White who is considered by me, and many others, to have 1st round talent.  He can catch the ball out of the backfield and gives good effort when blocking.  He is a smart kid and understands situational football.  De’Arrius will be a better pro player than he was a college player. 

 

Needs to Improve

He's had some injuries and has been concentrating on his studies.  That seems to be one thing that really pisses the scouts off.  A kid that is more interested in his studies than he is in football will be downgraded almost every time.  Most kids that graduate early, but stay in for their last year, will be nit-picked like crazy.  Look at what they say about Matt Leinart and you'll see what I mean. 

 

Talent Board Round   3

De’Arrius has had some injuries and graduated early, but when he is on the field, magic.  I’m not sure I have seen too many RB’s that are as natural for the position as he is.  He is a sleeper, but you can bet the good scouts know about him and have been watching him, just waiting for him to start to concentrate on football like he has focused on his studies.  Well, I’m here to tell you the time has come.  He has been stashed and someone is ready to jump all over him on the second day of this draft.  He was not invited to the combine, but I saw him play in the East West Shrine Game and I can tell you the scouts had to be very excited about this kid.  Because he has been injured, I would suspect that he will be rated as a second day pick, which is certainly understandable.  But he has first day talent and if you need a RB, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger on this kid the first day of the draft.  You won’t be sorry.  He's a sleeper that is about to wake up.  I noticed him when everyone was looking at Matt Jones last year.  To me, De’Arrius shined as much as Matt.  If you are looking for a smart RB who plays his position with natural talent and intelligence, let me introduce you to Professor De’Arrius Howard -- one very smart football player.
by Drew Boylhart

THR

April 2006