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Delano Howell inks with Bills

Hart High graduate and Stanford senior officially agrees to terms with NFL team

Posted: April 29, 2012 12:17 a.m.
Updated: April 29, 2012 12:17 a.m.

Hart High graduate Delano Howell didn't hear his name called during this weekend's NFL Draft, but he'll be wearing an NFL uniform very soon.

The Buffalo Bills confirmed Monday on the official team website that Howell, a Stanford University senior, became one of 10 undrafted free agents to agree to terms with the team.

Howell will enter into team activities and training camp with the Bills and will have a chance to make the final 53-man roster for the regular season when final cuts are made on Sept. 2.

The three-year Stanford starter finished off a strong career as a safety last fall, earning All-Pac-12, first-team recognition in 2011.

He finished the year with 54 tackles in spite of missing three games due to a hand injury.

Four of Howell's former Stanford teammates were selected in this year's draft, including No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck.

Given his position ranking and status coming into the draft, according to experts, he was thought of as a possible sixth or seventh-round pick.

Instead, he was picked up days later by the Bills, who finished 6-10 last year and tied for third place in the AFC East Division.

If Howell makes the team, he'll join two other Hart graduates currently in the NFL – Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore and Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller.


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