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Howard Wilson
Int Yds TDs
5
Team: Houston CougarsHeight: 6-1 Born: N/A
Position: CBWeight: 184 Hometown: DeSoto, Texas
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

OVERVIEW

A one-year starter at Houston, Wilson lined up primarily at left cornerback in off-man and zone coverages, showing flashes as a true freshman in 2014 before his breakout season in 2016. He saw immediate playing time as a true freshman, including three starts, and posted 48 tackles, six passes defended and three interceptions. Wilson played in the first three games in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury, taking a medical redshirt. He returned healthy as a redshirt sophomore and started all 13 games in 2016, ranking second in the AAC in passes defended (15) and interceptions (five) to earn First Team All-AAC honors.

Wilson is a good-sized athlete with the balanced feet, confidence and ballhawking skills to take chances, but too often plays outside the system in his attempt to create turnovers, which leads to mistakes. Although he needs to clean up reckless tendencies in both run support and coverage, Wilson is always ball searching and flashes NFL starting traits.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Tall, slender athlete with room to add bulk. Collects his feet quickly to click, close and attack. Reads the eyes of the quarterback to sniff out routes and disrupt the catch point. Strong ballskills to locate, judge and highpoint. Excellent ball production in college with 24 passes defended and nine interceptions several of his interceptions on tape were gifts, but deserves credit for finding the football and taking advantage of the opportunities. Violent striker and delivers pop at contact. Leverages the field as a run defender. Competes with an attitude and enjoys the physical part of the game. Puts in the time off the field and has added 20+ pounds since high school.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal recovery speed and struggles to close the gap once beat. Shorter arms show when receivers shield him from the catch point. Undisciplined eyes and easily fooled by ball/pump fakes. Often reacts on first movement and his guessing leads to negative plays. Inconsistent transition technique, opening his hips early and struggling vs. sophisticated routes a lot of side-straddle motion on tape. Inconsistent strike zone and needs to clean up his finishing mechanics as a tackler. Mediocre play strength and shed skills. Medicals need vetted after missing most of the 2015 season with a torn ACL in his right knee (Sept. 2015). Only one season as the full-time starter, leaving school with only 16 career starts under his belt.


Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2014 Hou  13 3
2015 Hou  3 1
2016 Hou  12 5
Career   28 9
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