Flying under the radar headed into the 2016 NFL Draft is Baylor cornerback Xavien Howard. His 6-0, 201-pound size gives him a bit of an advantage over the prototypical corner as he has a much bigger frame, and that is certainly an aspect he used to his advantage in college.
In 2014 and 2015, the corner started all 26 games he played, making an impact every time he was on the field. During both of those seasons, he led all Bears players in interceptions, with four as a sophomore and five as a junior, and in pass breakups with 13 and 10 in the respective years.
His knack for making plays on the ball is one of his biggest strengths. However, his speed is another factor that separates him from the crowd. Howard ran a 4.41 40-yard dash during his Pro Day. As it stands now, the corner is projected to be a third-round selection in the draft later this month.
Scouting Report From NFL.com
"Howard's feast or famine playing style makes for very uneven tape and teams will have to weigh his ball production against his pass interference issues. Howard has the size and short area quickness to operate from press coverage, but might need safety help his way while he is weaned from his grabby, collegiate style of coverage. Howard has starter's potential, but must improve his technique and step up his run support to be successful in the league." – Lance Zierlein
What He Said
"I see it as an advantage with my length. The average cornerback is like 5-11 and I'm 6-1. It helps me on some plays. If a receiver is an inch in front of me, my arms help. I feel like I've improved in some areas like technique and playing the ball. But there are more areas I can get better to be a shutdown corner." – Xavien Howard to The Waco Tribune on how his length provides an advantage at cornerback