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Kid looks good at The Opening in 7v7. One thing I like to see in HS QB's is the ability to anticipate where a WR is going to be and throw to a spot, and he can definitely do that. His TD pass a second ago to Switzer was a big league pass. A lot of HS QB's wait for their WR to get out of his break before actually throwing the ball, and in some play calls it is required, but for certain routes it is the difference between a PBU and a completion. You can't judge a QB by his production with kids he's never played with before, but you can see tendencies and confidence. I think you guys got a good one. He throws to Arshad Jackson a lot, so I presume he'll do the same with OJ Howard.
On a side note, OJ Howard is the best receiving threat as a TE in the nation and it isn't even close. I do think he should be re-rated as a (5*) WR or ATH. I see him being extremely effective (and productive) as a receiver, though he is severely handicapped as a blocker at this point. He certainly could get better, but he'll have to get a lot bigger and a lot more aggressive. He's definitely a legit receiving threat.
Great analysis Tiger. We're lucky to have both guys committed.
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Ah well said friend. Bama fan in disguise?
Can't figure out how this is a troll
I agree that OJ Howard is basically just a big wide receiver at this point, not a traditional tight end. He will definitely have to get a lot bigger and stronger to be an in-line tight end and block a 260 or 270 pound defensive end on a regular basis
I think he is a perfect fit for our hback role ala Brad Smelley.
Disagree. At 6'6" 225ish, he's too long to be an effective run blocker, which is a requirement from that spot. Smelley was 6'2" 240 and a very adequate blocker. Unless OJ gets up to 255+, he will be split out more times than not and be very productive 5-7 yards outside of the OT's. Like I said, he should be re-ranked as an ATH or WR and a 5* status slapped on him.
He's not a wr though. All the national guys feel confident he can put on another 25+ lbs which gives him the traditional TE size.
Part of the New age receiving TE. Some of the better athletes in the sport.
Glad he's Bama.
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I look at Howard and I see Aaron Hernandez. They won't run behind him often early in his career, but it won't matter much because the other team will have to key on him every time he walks on the field. When he adds 25 pounds the kid won't ever come off the field.
They'll flex him out in space, send him in motion, and he'll wreak havoc on any team without a strong safety good enough to stay with him.
WR - E Williams / Cooper / C Jones / C Black / K Bell
TE - OJ Howard
RB - Yeldon / T Jones / Tenpenny
HB/RB - Henry
QB - McCarron / Bateman / Morris
Have fun with that...
Who is injured and won't be playing anytime soon.
is not as good as OJ Howard. (just thought i'd finish your sentence for you)
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Kid is going to be fine and when he wasn't injured was ranked higher than Howard.
Would you rather have a player with our without major injury history if all things were equal? Yeah... I'd rather have Howard too.
This post was edited by rolltide06 21 months ago
I highly doubt any of these men have a strong sense of the financial industry. That's what you are referring to? Correct?
is this the same TIGER.....
Smelly was 220 coming out of High School as well and since OJ has 3-4 inches on him you would have to think that he will likely have an easier time putting on the needed weight.
he will, but at 6-6 he will have a tough time as a run blocker. not to be argumentative
Yeah I see where you are coming from but Michael Williams is 6-6 as well and seems to do a pretty good job ( although not a true blocking TE such Travis McCall was for us). I could see where that height may work against you when lined up as an H-back lead blocking on a power play, but you would have to think it would be of benefit when lined up on the line outside of the OT.
He ain't no JJ or JS but he will do.............
I really enjoy the many faces of T I G E R. That being said, I think thats a good analysis.
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Smelley only caught on as a blocker in his SR year. His first three seasons, he was terrrrriiibbblllleee.
OJ is a flex-out, only-line-up-as-TE-to-create-mismatches kind of player. I think he's physically very similar to Jon Baldwin, and will be one hell of a red zone threat.
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