Bucs draft O.J. Howard with 19th pick in 2017 NFL Draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have used their first-round draft pick on O.J. Howard. He was the team’s 19th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

He was the first tight end off of the board. In addition, he is the third Alabama player drafted in the 16-19 picks.

Former Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard runs with the football after making a reception against the Washington Huskies in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
O.J. Howard runs with the football after making a reception against the Washington Huskies in the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens drafted Marlon Humphrey, who was the 16th overall pick. The Washington Redskins then drafted Jonathan Allen with the 17th pick.

Following a pick by Adoree’ Jackson, the Bucs then drafted Howard.

He joins the Buccaneers, who had a tight end, as their second-best receiver in 2016. Cameron Brate had 660 yards and eight touchdowns.

Brate was one of three players, who had significant impacts of the receivers. Wide receiver Mike Evans led the team with 1,321 yards.

Wide Receiver Adam Humphries was third with 622 yards. Fellow receiver Russell Shepard was the only other offensive player to have more than 300 yards on the season, as he had 341 yards.

The other two Bucs tight ends were Brandon Myers, who had seven receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown. Luke Stocker also had five receptions for 23 yards.

Head Coach Dirk Koetter is hoping that Howard can produce better numbers than Myers and Stocker.

At Alabama, Howard had 114 receptions for 1,726 yards and seven touchdowns in 46 game.

After two seasons with less than 300 yards, Howard had 38 receptions for 602 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. Then, during his senior campaign, he had 45 receptions for 595 yards and three additional touchdowns.

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