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Sam Howell

Sam Howell


Age: 21College: North Carolina

2022 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
QB Rank: 4th (easy)
Draft Rank (ECR) #470
Best / Worst #346 / #397

Roster %


Threw for 38 TDs as a freshman at North Carolina and then boosted his overall efficiency as a sophomore, but his final-year production dipped after teammates Javonte Williams, Michael Carter and Dyami Brown turned pro. Howell won't turn 22 until September, so there's plenty of room for growth here, and his willingness to run is a plus. There may be limited upside, however, and the fact that he fell to the fifth round suggests he won't be pushing for a starting job in Washington this year.

Sleepy Sam Howell fell into the black abyss that is the fifth round of the NFL Draft. While Carson Wentz could be a lost cause as an above-average or even serviceable quarterback, Howell will have considerable work to win a starting shot. Taylor Heinicke played at a level last season to where the Commanders were able to compete. While he's definitely not their long-term answer either and an unrestricted free agent in 2023, he poses competition for Howell this year even if the team decided to bench Wentz. Because of the wretched draft capital and questionable path to playing time, Howell has considerably fallen down my rookie and dynasty ranks.

Sam Howell earned the starting quarterback job at North Carolina as a 19-year old true freshman and never looked back. He finished fourth in the FBS with 38 touchdown passes in his first season, cementing himself on the NFL radar.

He followed up an impressive introduction with an even more dominant performance as a passer in 2020, finishing as the nation's sixth-highest-graded quarterback (92.3) and fourth-best deep passer (98.0) in an offense littered with future NFL talent.

Unsurprisingly, Howell took a bit of a step back in his final season without the likes of Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome at his disposal. The UNC product finished as PFF's 37th-graded passer (80.3) - 15th among his 2022 draft class.

To make up for a lack of passing efficiency, Howell turned up the dial on his rushing production. After posting just 600 yards on the ground through two seasons, Howell rushed for 1,106 yards as PFF's second-highest-graded rusher (91.0) in 2021.

If the first read wasn't there, Howell was looking to create yards with his legs. This presents problems for the real-life NFL but shouldn't be considered negatively for fantasy.

Howell's escapability lends itself to rushing success at the NFL level if he doesn't have a lot of talent around him. Conversely, his first two years of college show he will take full advantage when he does have weapons around him.

It's hard to label Howell as a "situation-proof" quarterback - a rookie quarterback's team context plays an integral part in their growth - but it's hard to overlook his versatility as far as how he can rack up fantasy points in the years to come based on which team selects him.

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