Buccaneers opt for TE, draft O.J. Howard in first round

Despite a productive season out of Cameron Brate in 2016, Tampa Bay drafted Alabama TE Howard after he slipped in the first round Thursday.

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Buccaneers opt for TE, draft O.J. Howard in first round


  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made O.J. Howard the 19th selection in the 2017 NFL Draft.
  • Howard’s 81.8 run-block grade was tied for tops among FBS TEs in 2016.
  • Howard allowed 1 pressure on 63 pass-block snaps in 2016.
  • Cameron Brate was the Buccaneers highest-graded tight end in 2016, with a grade of 82.8, but no other tight end on the team graded above 69.0.
  • Howard dropped 2 of 47 catchable passes in 2016.
  • Howard caught 8 passes for 180 out of the slot in 2016.

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