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Howard combines production and speed

Howard combines production and speed

When the Oakland Raiders tabbed linebacker Thomas Howard in the second round, they had a couple of things in mind. They wanted a linebacker who would make tackles, could rush the passer and was excellent in coverage. It seems as though they accomplished all three.

Staying in tradition, Thomas Howard boasts the speed that Oakland craves in its players. He ran a 4.45 forty at the NFL Combines, a feat that was surpassed by just one other linebacker. The Raiders belief is speed can overcome mental deficiencies but have also veered more towards productivity in this year's draft. Howard is a raw player but an incredible athlete. A three-year starter for UTEP...

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