NASHVILLE, TN (WSFA) - History was made in Nashville, Tennessee, Thursday night at the site of the 2019 NFL Draft. The first-ever Alabama State Hornet to be selected in the first round was taken in the form of Tytus Howard.
Howard, an offensive lineman, was selected 23rd overall by the Houston Texans.
“It’s an amazing feeling, it’s just really unexplainable right now. It’s a blessing to be picked in the firs round,” said Howard. “I am just grateful for my family and for everyone at Alabama State for what they have done for me. This is a big day for all of the HBCUs.”
The four-time All-American becomes the 20th pick in school history and had a strong showing down in Mobile during the week of the Senior Bowl.
“Just like he imagined,” said Alabama State head coach Donald Hill-Eley. “He saw his dream, he worked towards his dream and now he gets to realize his dream.”
Howard is the first selection from Alabama State since Jylan Ware was chosen by the Oakland Raiders in the 2017 draft. Three other players have been drafted as high as the second round in school history including Curtis Green (46th, 1981), Eddie Robinson (50th, 1992) and Tarvaris Jackson (64th, 2006).