COLLEGE CAREER – The Saints selected Jordan Howden with the 146th overall pick in the fifth round of the 2023 NFL Draft out of Minnesota. The 6-foot, 209-pound defender possesses a combination of speed, instincts and versatility needed to excel on both defense and special teams. The San Diego, Calif. native started 49-of-58 games during his college career with totals of 240 tackles (168 solo), 5.5 stops for loss, 20 passes defensed and four interceptions. Heading into his rookie campaign, Howden will look to provide depth in the Saints defensive backfield and contribute on special teams.
2022 – Started all 13 games, recording 58 tackles (40 solo), 3.5 tackles for loss, five passes defensed and two interceptions and earned All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors (media vote)…Posted four tackles, a stop for loss and am interception vs. Western Illinois, Sept. 10…Made four tackles, an interception and broke up a pass against Purdue, Oct. 1…Recorded ten tackles and broke up a pass at Illinois, Oct. 15…Made seven tackles, including a stop for loss, at Penn State, Oct. 22...Broke up two passes and made four tackles at Nebraska, Nov. 5…Made five tackles and half a stop for loss vs. Northwestern, Nov. 12…Had eight tackles vs. Iowa, Nov. 19…Had seven tackles, one stop for loss, broke up one pass and recovered one onside kick in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl vs. Syracuse, Dec. 29. 2021 – Started all 12 games he played in and recorded 43 tackles, 1.5 stops for loss and five passes defensed…Had seven tackles and broke up a pass vs. Nebraska, Oct. 16…Made six tackles, including 0.5 stop for loss, vs. Illinois, Nov. 6…Made three tackles, a stop for loss and one pass defense, at Indiana, Nov. 20…Had three tackles and a pass defense vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 27…Notched three tackles and broke up two passes vs. West Virginia in Guaranteed Rate Bowl, Dec. 28. 2020 – Started all seven games during COVID-19 pandemic shortened season…Had 37 tackles and a pass defense…Made five tackles against Michigan, Oct. 24...Made eight tackles and broke up one pass at Maryland, Oct. 30…Registered six tackles at Illinois, Nov. 7. 2019 – Played in all 13 games with 12 starts and tallied 57 tackles (40 solo), six passes defensed and an interception…Started vs. South Dakota State and tallied career-high 12 tackles (nine solo) with two passes defensed, Aug. 29…Broke up two passes and made five tackles in start vs. Fresno State, Sept. 7…Recorded six tackles vs. Purdue, Sept. 28…Sealed win over Penn State with a late game interception in the end zone and recorded six tackles and a pass breakup, Nov. 9…Recorded three tackles including 0.5 for loss at Iowa, Nov. 16…Tallied six stops and broke up a pass vs. Wisconsin, Nov. 30. 2018 - Played in 13 games with five starts and recorded 45 tackles (28 solo), three passes defensed and one interception…Made college debut against New Mexico and tallied two tackles, Aug. 30…Recorded eight tackles vs. Nebraska, Oct. 20…Intercepted first career pass, broke up three passes and recorded seven tackles vs. Indiana, Oct. 26…Led team with nine tackles at Illinois, Nov. 3.
PERSONAL - Attended Desert Pines (Las Vegas, Nev.) HS his senior year where he helped lead the Jaguars to a state championship, 10-2 overall record and a 5-0 mark in league play. Notched 45 tackles and three interceptions while earning All-Conference honors senior season. Also lettered in track where he excelled as a senior. Won the NIAA 3A State Championship in the long jump (21-05.00) and was on the relay teams that took first in the 4x100 (42.70) and 4x200 (1:28.87). Placed fourth in state meet in the 100 meters (11.21)…Played junior season at Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, Calif.) HS, where he had 29 tackles, three sacks and seven passes defensed…Father, Ramsese Howden, played football at Grambling State University…Cousin, Saladin Martin, played college football at San Diego University and in the NFL with the New York Giants, New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers.