Sizing up Jaye Howard

Florida defensive tackle Jaye Howard runs through a drill during NFL football pro day,Tuesday, March 13, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

A closer look at fourth-round draft choice Jaye Howard:

 Pick: No. 19 in the round, No. 114 overall. The pick was acquired Thursday night in a trade with the Eagles.

Pertinent information: 6 feet 3, 301 pounds. … Arrived at Florida as a 230-pound defensive end/linebacker. … Started 25 games for the Gators, and had 65 tackles last season. … Also played basketball at Jones High School in Apopka, Fla. … Born Dec. 20, 1988.

What he brings: Another big, athletic body to add to the competition on the defensive line.

Where he fits: Although some draft guides refer to Howard as a nose tackle prospect, the Seahawks envision him supplying some pass rush from the three-technique tackle spot. The fact that he played at Florida for coordinator Dan Quinn, the Seahawks’ former D-line coach, helped the team in its evaluation of Howard.

What they’re saying: “He is a fluid and flexible athlete for the position with the natural explosion to shoot the gaps and gain a step on blockers, but he doesn’t always play at full intensity and has poor snap anticipation.” – NFLDraftScout.com

What he’s saying: “It helped me a lot (playing for Quinn). He got my technique right. He stayed on me this year. I appreciate him coming in and just getting me to where I needed to be. So it helps me a lot going into (the Seahawks system). I’m sort of familiar with it. So it helps.”


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