Alabama senior tight end O.J. Howard could have entered the 2016 NFL Draft after his record-setting performance in the Crimson Tide’s national championship win over Clemson, but he decided to return for one more season.
Howard’s emergence in the 2016 College Football Playoff has landed him in the No. 1 spot on NFL.com’s top-10 tight ends to watch this season. Ole Miss senior tight end Evan Engram also represented the SEC on the list.
Here is the full top-10:
- O.J. Howard, Alabama
- Jake Butt, Michigan
- Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
- Jordan Leggett, Clemson
- Gerald Everett, South Alabama
- Evan Engram, Ole Miss
- Mark Andrews, Oklahoma
- Jonnu Smith, Florida International
- Josiah Price, Michigan State
- Jaylen Samuels, North Carolina State
We’ll see if Howard can live up to the ranking, and carry over his strong performance from the end of last season. His first shot will be in Alabama’s season opener against USC on Sept. 3.