Sam Howell’s first game of the season did not go as planned, resulting in a bad day for the North Carolina quarterback. Howell is highly regarded as the second-best Quarterback in this upcoming draft in terms of raw football skills. The film from Friday night’s game against Virginia Tech gave a different impression instead.
Howell looked rattled from the jump against Virginia Tech finishing with a stat line of 17-32 with 208 yards passing, one touchdown, and three interceptions. The stadium was loud but that’s no excuse Sam looked completely lost.
Time and time again Howell made terrible reads, none worse than the last pass he threw of the game. While under pressure and being spun around Howell chucked the ball downfield blindly in an attempt to make a play. That pass would be intercepted, ending the game and securing the win for Virginia Tech.
For an NFL hopeful quarterback, Howell can’t continue to make plays like that. If those continue scouts will start to question his entire makeup as a player and his draft stock will fall. Hopefully, Howell can fix what went wrong and bounce back in his next game.
Pro comparison: A passer that has the ceiling of Baker Mayfield- the arm talent is similar between these two, as is the ability to create plays when everything breaks down. Like Mayfield when he came out of Oklahoma, Howell struggles with decision making which often leads to interceptions.