Sam Howell: Stressful wait, but Washington perfect spot for me

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There was a time when Sam Howell was thought to be a contender to be the first quarterback taken in the 2022 draft, but his final season at North Carolina wasn’t as impressive as hoped and he wound up as the sixth one off the board.

Howell went to the Commanders with the first pick of the fifth round and will start his pro career as a backup to Carson Wentz. That might not be how he originally drew things up, but Howell said he feels like he landed in the right place after all.

“It was a little stressful, but at the same time I was trusting God,” Howell said, via John Keim of ESPN.com. “I was waiting for a call, and I’m so glad it was Washington that called. This is a perfect spot for me. It’s a team I wanted to play for all along, so I’m fired up.”

Howell said he’s “excited to go to a place where I can sit back and learn from a guy and see what it’s like to be a pro.” Wentz’s ability to turn things around after a run of down years will determine whether Howell has a shot of moving up the depth chart at any point in the near future.

13 responses to “Sam Howell: Stressful wait, but Washington perfect spot for me

  1. Perfect as far as the starting job is still easily attainable to him as a 5th round pick.

  2. This young man regressed over his stay at UNC. He was surrounded by a great RB tandem and very good WRs. He was exposed when they left school. This season it was all about WR1 Downs, indicating a QB who locked in on one receiver and took off running, if he was covered.

    While not exactly Taysom Hill, his running was his greatest asset this year. Much of his running was actually between the tackles. He’s a career back up a best. Ole Mack Brown does not develop players. They leave Carolina the same way they came in or worse. Exhibit #1.

  3. Wow Washington got themselves their week 1 starter that late in the round. Knowing Wentz, he will get hurt during practice.

  4. This young man regressed over his stay at UNC. He was surrounded by a great RB tandem and very good WRs. He was exposed when they left school. This season it was all about WR1 Downs, indicating a QB who locked in on one receiver and took off running, if he was covered. While not exactly Taysom Hill, his running was his greatest asset this year. Much of his running was actually between the tackles. He’s a career back up a best. Ole Mack Brown does not develop players. They leave Carolina the same way they came in or worse. Exhibit #1.

  5. jac1216 says:
    April 30, 2022 at 6:00 pm
    Wow Washington got themselves their week 1 starter that late in the round. Knowing Wentz, he will get hurt during practice.
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    With the exception of getting a concussion in the 2019 playoffs, Wentz hasn’t missed a game since 2018 season due to injury and only missed 8 total regular games in his 5 year career. There are QB and others hurt far more than he is. Aaron Rodgers has missed 9 games during that span.

  6. Dan Marino was also the 6th QB taken, and Tom Brady went in the 6th round. This kid has just as good a chance as half the QB’s that get taken #1 overall.

  7. Hopefully NFL coaches will be able to coach this kid up and he’ll be the QB of the future as it sure isn’t Wentz! Fingers crossed. Now if the “Commanders” (ugh!) can only get rid of the little creep who owns the team….

  8. Mr. Howell will be wishing he was on Gilligan’s Island instead of being in D.C.

  9. Kyle Smith’s departure was a huge loss for this franchise. He is a very talented personnel guy — Mayhew, Hurney, and Rivera are quite poor at drafting. That said, this pick was the steal of the draft. Howell has a strong arm, accuracy, mobility and a good head on his shoulders. It is true that the team fell apart last year, the offensive line was atrocious, and Howell’s play regressed some. But there was a reason he was widely considered a top 10 pick going into the season. Teams ignored his overall body of work in this draft. The same thing happened to Marino, who had a so-so senior year and ended up being the fifth qb taken in the draft. I am not saying Howell is going to be the next Dan Marino but he can flat out play and will be a very good starter for a long time.

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