Former Indiana running back Jordan Howard is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine next week as well as the upcoming NFL Draft, and he has already earned himself quite the compliment.
If one were to ask Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, the former Hoosier compares best to Houston Texans running back and four-time Pro Bowler Arian Foster.
“While Howard doesn’t quite have the exact same pace and tempo as Foster,” Zierlein said, “Both excel in zone schemes, both are big backs, both have very good vision and both have enough speed to get around the corner and hit a play outside if you don’t flow hard enough.”
That’s not bad at all, especially since Howard was limited to nine games in 2015 due to injury. Throw in that Foster himself went undrafted out of Tennessee, and the compliment means even more.
But this is also something that some scouts may view as a red flag, as Foster has had issues staying healthy in recent years. Ever since becoming the Texans’ starting running back in 2010, his second year in the league, Foster has only played a full 16-game season twice. In 2011, he had a hamstring issue and missed three games. In 2013, he appeared in just eight games before undergoing back surgery. He missed three games with a groin problem in 2014 and in 2015, he missed the first three games of the season with another groin issue and played just four games before tearing his Achilles.
That all being said, though Howard’s durability could end up being seen as an issue depending on how he performs at the combine next week, being compared to Foster this early is quite the compliment.
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