With the NFL combine all wrapped up, attention is now focused on Pro Days and Top-30 pre-draft visits. For the Seattle Seahawks, they’ve reportedly lined up a meeting with Minnesota defensive back Jordan Howden, who impressed at his Pro Day.
Heck of a Pro Day for Minnesota DB Jordan Howden (6’0”, 203).— Ryan Fowler (@_RyanFowler_) March 15, 2023
• vert: 39.5”
• 3-cone: 6.87
• short shuttle: 4.22
Has a Top 30 visit set up with the Seattle Seahawks and a private workout scheduled with the New Orleans Saints.
Howden did participate in the NFL combine and his numbers were not exactly through the roof in terms of his Relative Athletic Score (RAS).
Jordan Howden RAS so far.https://t.co/AzOk1BkBGL #RAS pic.twitter.com/Qkq9fofWoJ— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) March 3, 2023
In terms of his on-field play, Howden played five years for the Golden Gophers, recording 168 tackles, 3 interceptions, and 20 passes defensed. Howden was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention in his senior season, but otherwise didn’t take home any major accolades. Scouting reports are scarce, but NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein projects him as a fringe roster talent/practice squad candidate.
Howden is a football-savvy free safety with good instincts and play recognition but a lack of acceleration, which could create a plethora of problems for him on the pro level. He’s quick to diagnose the run, but will need to improve his tackle technique. A lack of recovery juice could get him mismatched on the pro game, but he sees route combinations well when allowed to play as a two-deep safety. Howden has played a lot of football and can help on special teams but needs to prove himself as a tester at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Other college prospects with confirmed Top-30 visits with the Seahawks thus far are Florida State safety Jammie Robinson and Ohio State offensive lineman Dawand Jones.
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