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O.J. Howard to work out for Panthers, visit with Jaguars, Bears


The tight end position is in demand, and business is booming for top prospect O.J. Howard.

In the next week, Howard has an on-campus workout scheduled with the Carolina Panthers, followed by visits with the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Chicago Bears, he told on Thursday. Howard had previously spoken with the Titans and Buccaneers.

Howard, who is back home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, working out with the Crimson Tide staff, has conditioned himself to be meticulously prepared in any situation. The Nick Saban school of hard knocks will do that to you.

It should come as no surprise that he's planning on acing all of his meetings.

"You just want to make sure when you go on these visits you meet people and you know everybody," Howard said. "You want to know people by name, then just go in and have a good time. You know what to do. They'll make you do some board work and talk football. Just go in and do what you normally do."

To help, Howard has a study aid at his disposal.

"I have a book," Howard said. "It has every team and every coach on the staff and every personnel guy -- everyone in the whole organization is in that book. So you just look up the team, go up and down and you can kind of learn it that way."

The on-campus workout with the Carolina Panthers will be a little easier. Howard can just display what he does best. While this is his first private workout with a team, Howard said he expects to go through plenty of in-line blocking drills. In previous entries, Howard has discussed his love of blocking and it's one of the main reasons he has been a mock draft darling this time of year.

But he's also determined not to rest on his reputation, which is where the return trip to Tuscaloosa comes in.

Howard checked in after another grueling workout with legendary Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran and his staff. Cochran has built some of college football's most impressive athletes and might have outdone himself this year with Alabama's class of prospects.

"He's with us all the way," Howard said. "His staff, they're all perfect and they'll work you out. It's just like when you played ball here it's the same thing."

Seeing Howard in college football shape was enough to garner a significant amount of interest. Now Howard is looking to turn heads this week with the pro-ready version.



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