Sam Howell reacts to being drafted in the 5th round of 2022 NFL Draft
Former North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell was selected in the 5th round of the 2022 NFL Draft by the Washington Commanders on Saturday afternoon.
This is a good landing spot for Howell, who leaves Chapel Hill as arguably the greatest quarterback in program history. He’s the all-time leader in passing yards and passing touchdowns, amongst numerous other records.
Here’s the moment that Howell learned he was being drafted:
— Washington Commanders (@Commanders) April 30, 2022
Howell is not expected to compete for the starting job, as Washington acquired Carson Wentz this offseason. However, the backup job in Washington is attainable. It’s also possible that Wentz could struggle, leading to starting opportunities for Howell down the line.
Shortly after the pick was made, Howell had this to say:
— Sam Howell (@Sam7Howell) April 30, 2022
He also told reporters that Washington was his preferred destination:
Sam Howell says he’s “super excited” to join the Commanders and play for Ron Rivera. Howell says DC was where he wanted to land all along
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) April 30, 2022
Howell’s draft stock dipped over the last calendar year, as his final season at North Carolina didn’t go to plan. The Tar Heels battled significant struggles on the offensive line and on defense. Howell was forced to become much more of a dual threat quarterback than he had been in previous seasons, rushing for 828 yards and 11 touchdowns.