Offense is the choice in the fifth round with running back Jordan Howard

Offense is the choice in the fifth round with running back Jordan Howard
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - SEPTEMBER 26: Jordan Howard #8 of the Indiana Hoosiers runs with the ball against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field on September 26, 2015 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Indiana defeated Wake Forest 31-24. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

After taking three defensive players in the fourth round of Saturday’s draft, the Bears grabbed a running back in Indiana’s Jordan Howard in the fifth round.

Howard is a bruiser at 6’0″, 230 lbs. He played only one season at Indiana, but it was a big one. He carried the rock 196 times for 1,213 yards (6.2 average) and nine touchdowns. He also caught 11 balls for 106 yards and a touchdown. At his pro day, he recorded a 4.50 40-yard dash.

Previously, Howard was at Alabama-Birmingham before the program shut down. He averaged 5.5 yards on 451 carries there, adding 2,468 yards and 17 touchdowns (15 rushing, two receiving).

He rushed for over 100 yards in all but three games as a junior for the Hoosiers. To open up the season, Howard totaled 675 rushing yards and four touchdowns in the first four games while averaging 6.1 yards per carry.

In the second to final game against Michigan, Howard went off on Michigan with 245 total yards and three touchdowns including a whopping 238 yards on the ground.

This kid is used to being the lead back, rushing for over 100 yards 11 times with UAB and six times at Indiana. All in all, he had 12 games with over 150 rushing yards. In high school, he averaged 138.6 rushing yards per game as a three-year starter.

A stress fracture in his pelvis and torn meniscus in high school kept him from earning a chance with a Power-Five college program, but he proved his worth with Indiana.

Behind Jeremy Langford, Howard is looking at a role from Day 1. Ka’Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers and Senorise Perry are all on the roster vying for snaps. Langford and Howard are two different backs who could be the next best tandem under John Fox’s command.

Note: He’s never played special teams, but neither did Ka’Deem Carey when he entered the NFL in 2014.

Final Thoughts

Howard’s a smart kid who can run the ball with a power. He put up the numbers and isn’t afraid to take on contact. In the fifth round, the Bears found a good one in Howard.

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