David Howard comes to the Tennessee Titans with big shoes to fill. After the loss of Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee has had trouble finding help up front to plug the middle of the line. As the only DT drafted, all eyes turn to Howard.
The Titans were the 27th ranked defense and 28th in points given up and 20th in sacks. There is certainly plenty of room for improvement and David Howard could provide that stability on the interior defensive line for years to come.
Howard comes in as the second biggest tackle on the roster and his strength and athleticism makes him an odds on favorite to challenge for playing time right way. Tony Brown, in his sixth year out of Memphis, is the starter in the right tackle slot. Howard could slide in right away as his relief or even challenge for the starting job.
A lot to ask, I know and very high expectations for a rookie and a seventh round pick but should be attainable for someone accustomed to the rigors of an All-Ivy student athlete in the Ivy League of the quality of David Howard.