Truthfully, the Howard and Gurley picks were made out of necessity to fill the round. So, who would you replace them with?
Howard's stats are very solid.
1178 yds 6 tds rushing and receiving 298 yds and 29 receptions and 1 TD.
That's only 12 games as a starter. He didn't play in the first week and saw some time in weeks 2-3.
Comparatively, Todd Gurley had 1,106 yds and 10 TDS rushing and 21 receptions and 188 yds and no receiving TDS last year. This was in 13 games. He was a consensus top five pick last year. Granted, that didn't work to well.
I'm not saying I'd love picking Howard in the first, but there is a case to be made.