2022 NFL Draft: Washington Commanders select Sam Howell

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The moment that UNC football fans have anticipated is finally here, as we now know Sam Howell’s new home.

The former UNC football quarterback was selected by the Washington Commanders in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL draft on Friday night. The Commanders took him with the 144th overall pick.

Howell was the fifth quarterback selected in the draft and became the fourth UNC quarterback selected in the NFL draft since Chris Kupec in 1975. After Kenny Pickett went in the first round, the quarterbacks started to fall but none further than Howell.

Before last season’s start, Howell was expected to be one of the top quarterbacks selected, however, his draft stock dropped despite his numbers staying consistent in his final season.

Third all-time in the Atlantic Coastal Conference passing touchdown history, Howell has shown he belongs with the best of them. In 2021, Howell threw for 3056 yards and 24 touchdowns with a QBR of 154.2. He did have his highest number of interceptions this season with nine, but improved majorly in other parts of his game.

Howell became a true duel-threat quarterback rushing for 828 yards with 11 rushing touchdowns. This new run-out-of-the-pocket style often came in highlight fashion with Howell using his frame to wreck through any traffic at the end-zone.

Howell finishes his UNC legacy as the school’s record holder of passing yards(10,283), passing touchdowns(92), and much more. The __ will probably sit Howell behind ___ for a year, however, theres’ a chance we may see Carolina’s stat king see the field if bad play were to occur. At this pick, it’s safe to say Howell could end up being the steal of this draft.

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