#7
Sam Howell
Rating Yards TD
154.2 3056 24
Team: North Carolina Tar HeelsHeight: 6-1 Born: N/A
Position: QBWeight: 225 Hometown: Indian Trail, North Carolina
Class-Eligibility: Jr-Jr


Scouting Report

40 time: 4.69

2nd round

Snapshot: Once a favorite to be the top pick in the draft, Howell saw his stock steadily slide throughout his 2021 junior campaign. A remarkable producer early in college, he won 2019 freshman All-American honors while ranking fourth in the nation in touchdown passes. However, his overall control took a nosedive in 2021 after losing his top weapons in an NFL exodus, and he had to rely on his legs more than ever before. He's still a solid quarterback prospect; he's just not the No. 1 overall option as previously billed.

Strengths: His arm talent pops off the tape and can be stunning at times. Very slick setup and release with a timely motion. Excellent placement and anticipation on throws over the middle of the field. Adequate feel for pressure and ability to go off script. Flashes a high-level ability to adjust his arm slot and loop passes around defenders. His line-drive throws are beautiful.

Weaknesses: Too quick to resort to his legs when pressure arrives. Ball placement and overall control takes a dive when he has to throw off platform. Struggles with indecision and will hold onto the ball too long rather than take available options. Too often operating on offensive rails and compounds mistakes when he goes off them. Flow and feel for the game isn't quite there yet.

Pro comparison: Baker Mayfield, Browns -- Mayfield's decision-making and overall process under pressure were much further along as a prospect than Howell's entering the draft, but they share similar styles and body types. Howell may lack the same level of control and composure, but he has plenty of natural physical traits to fall back on when the going gets tough.


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2019 UNC  13 259 422 61.4 3641 8.6 38 7 36 220
2020 UNC  12 237 348 68.1 3586 10.3 30 7 33 201
2021 UNC  12 217 347 62.5 3056 8.8 24 9 47 274
Career   37 713 1117 63.8 10283 9.2 92 23 116 695

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2019 UNC  13 94 35 0.4 1 3 23 7.7 1
2020 UNC  12 92 146 1.6 5 1 1 1.0 1
2021 UNC  12 183 828 4.5 11 0 0 - 0
Career   37 369 1009 2.7 17 4 24 6.0 2

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2019 UNC  13 0
Career   37 0

Career Punting Stats

Year Team G Punts Yds Avg
2021 UNC  12 1 35 35.0
Career   37 1 35 35.0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/3/2021 @ VaTech 17 32 208 53.1 1 3 37 13 35 2.7 0 17 0 0 - 0 -
9/11/2021 GaSt 21 29 352 72.4 3 0 57 11 104 9.5 2 62 0 0 - 0 -
9/18/2021 UVa 14 21 307 66.7 5 1 75 15 112 7.5 0 20 0 0 - 0 -
9/25/2021 @ GaTech 25 39 306 64.1 2 0 63 16 8 0.5 1 23 0 0 - 0 -
10/2/2021 Duke 18 32 321 56.3 3 0 75 13 29 2.2 0 32 0 0 - 0 -
10/9/2021 FlaSt 17 32 203 53.1 2 1 33 11 108 9.8 0 31 0 0 - 0 -
10/16/2021 Mia-Fl 17 26 154 65.4 2 1 45 17 98 5.8 2 30 0 0 - 0 -
10/30/2021 @ ND 24 31 341 77.4 1 1 41 18 101 5.6 1 31 0 0 - 0 -
11/6/2021 Wake 16 26 216 61.5 1 0 45 21 104 5.0 2 19 0 0 - 0 -
11/11/2021 @ Pitt 22 33 296 66.7 2 1 76 17 28 1.6 1 20 0 0 - 0 -
11/26/2021 @ NCSU 14 26 147 53.8 1 1 20 18 98 5.4 2 24 0 0 - 0 -
12/30/2021 @ SCar 12 20 205 60.0 1 0 37 13 3 0.2 0 14 0 0 - 0 -