Tampa Bay picks O.J. Howard No. 19 overall in NFL Draft

If there's a catch-phrase that best describes the approach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took building their roster through the first three rounds of 2017 NFL Draft, it would have to be the Buccaneers recently adopted favorite, "Weapons for Winston". Early Wednesday morning ESPN's football insider Adam Schefter reported the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are interested in trading out.

Howard is also the first tight end out of Alabama drafted in the first round since Ozzie Newsome in 1978 and the 28th overall on offense. Howard to be available with the 19th pick in the draft.

"Very encouraging and very exciting I wouldn't expect anything less from these guys", said Howard. "Never had the offense to take advantage of him". The speculations make sense because teams like the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, New York Giants, and Detroit Lions are said to be trying to move up the draft to ensure that they get their target prospects.

Tampa Bay used the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft on Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans, who is one of only six players in National Football League history to start his career with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. "I would venture to say he got better".


Autauga Academy's Headmaster isn't surprised that his former student is going pro. So Howard clearly likes playing in big games.

ESPN reported Wednesday that the Buccaneers are talking with at least three other teams about moving back in, or maybe even completely out of, the first round.

Martin, 28, was a revelation for the Bucs in 2015 when he rushed for 1,402 yards and six touchdowns, but his 2016 season was marred by inconsistency and injuries. "You have to be able to block and make plays in the run game to allow the passing game to open up. A lot of times when you're picking high, if you go back and study it, there's a lot of high-ceiling, but also low-floor players up there, a little boom or bust", Licht said last week.


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