It’s easy to see what NFL scouts like in North Carolina QB Sam Howell. He’s had two straight 3,500 passing yard seasons. Additionally, he’s throw for 30+ touchdowns each season as well. Further, he’s been added to multiple watchlists, including those for the Manning Award and Maxwell Award. However, what more does Sam Howell have to accomplish to become a top pick in the 2022 NFL Draft? Specifically, is a top ten pick achievable?
First off, let’s talk about what the Tar Heels are missing on offense this year. For one, they’re missing two running backs, Michael Carter and Javonte Williams, both of whom found new homes in the NFL. Carter had back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons for North Carolina, while Williams accomplished the feat last season.
Additionally, Sam Howell and the North Carolina Tar Heels are missing a pair of wide receivers. Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome also found their way to the NFL. Needless to say, Howell will have his work cut out for him this season if he wants to continue UNC’s success.
Sam Howell on 20+ yard throws since 2019:
🚀 32 TDs (1st)
🚀 59 Big-Time Throws (1st)
🚀 96.8 PFF Passing Grade (T-1st)pic.twitter.com/6ghU99kAaG
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Aside from Spencer Rattler and Kedon Slovis, the other top 2022 NFL Draft prospects, it’s a crowded field alongside Sam Howell. Matt Corral of Ole Miss and Carson Strong of Nevada are just two QBs with a chance of impressing NFL scouts this season. However, I don’t know if any have the abilities to make big plays downfield like Howell can.
It’ll be a fun and interesting college football season, especially with a full offseason camp this year. All eyes will be on Sam Howell and how he’s able to lead North Carolina this season.
North Carolina opens their season on September 3rd in a road game against Virginia Tech.