9:42 PM EDT, Fri April 28, 2017
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NFL Draft Results: What the scouts say about Buccaneers pick Justin Evans

NFL Draft Results: What the scouts say about Buccaneers pick Justin Evans

The Bucs got a raw, speedy, undersized safety with big potential in the second round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added a safety in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, but it wasn’t who you thought it would be. They took Texas A&M’s Justin Evans, a slightly undersized but speedy defensive back whose name I hadn’t really seen mentioned around the Bucs. Tampa Bay had been repeatedly connected to Obi Melifonwu and Budda Baker, but the latter was gone and the former is falling a long, long way. Evans was a bit of an unknown, though, so we don’t have a ton of information on him. When...
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2017 NFL draft picks: Buccaneers select Justin Evans

2017 NFL draft picks: Buccaneers select Justin Evans

The Bucs added a center-field safety in the second round. With the 18th pick of the second round of the 2017 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected safety Justin Evans out of Texas A&M. The Bucs had a need at safety, where they only have three safeties all of whom are somewhat similar as box players who struggle as deep safeties. Evans should shore up that position, adding the ability to really take away the ball in the air, with four interceptions last season. He has the speed to roam the back end, which is a dimension the Bucs were missing in their secondary. Here’s what...
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NFL Trade Rumors: Buccaneers trying to trade up in 2017 NFL draft

NFL Trade Rumors: Buccaneers trying to trade up in 2017 NFL draft

The Bucs are apparently talking about getting the number one pick of the second round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may be trying to trade up. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Bucs are among many teams who have called the Green Bay Packers in a bid to get the number one pick of the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. Chargers, Jets and Buccaneers amongst the teams calling Packers, interesting in trading up for top pick in second round, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 28, 2017 Of all the players who fell to the second round, Florida State running back Dalvin Cook...
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2017 NFL Draft: Start time, TV schedule, draft order and more for day two

2017 NFL Draft: Start time, TV schedule, draft order and more for day two

The 2017 NFL draft returns tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET. The second day of the 2017 NFL draft starts in a few hours, when teams will go through 74 picks over two rounds. The first round was held yesterday and it was full of surprises, including three trades up for quarterbacks, a few key players falling quite a long way, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers somehow grabbing O.J. Howard. The second and third round should be filled with intrigue, too. There’s a lot of depth on defense in this draft, and the slim pickings on offense may tempt some into reckless trades up—especially when it comes to...
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NFL Draft Rumors: Bucs will probably pass on Dalvin Cook in round two, too

NFL Draft Rumors: Bucs will probably pass on Dalvin Cook in round two, too

If Cook falls, don’t be surprised if the Bucs pass on him. One move that had part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a tizzy today was the Bucs’ passing on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook in the first round. That tizzy was pretty limited given the fact that they got a steal in O.J. Howard instead, though. That tizzy will be nothing compared to what we’ll see if Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds turns out to be right, and the Bucs will pass on Dalvin Cook altogether in this draft. Assuming he even falls to them in the second round, that is. According to Reynolds, the Bucs would...
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NFL Draft 2017: Buccaneers remaining needs and targets after round one

NFL Draft 2017: Buccaneers remaining needs and targets after round one

The Bucs got a steal in round one, but still have several positions to address. The 2017 NFL draft continues later today with the second and third rounds. After a first day filled with trades and surprises, day two should be fascinating too. Several projected first-round picks are still on the board, and we could see a run at a number of positions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers grabbed a surprising steal in round one: tight end O.J. Howard, who was widely seen as a top ten pick. Howard dropped to number 19 overall, though, giving the Bucs the best tight end in the draft. That pick filled one...
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Day Two 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers focusing on defense

Day Two 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers focusing on defense

After taking O.J. Howard in the first round, most analysts think the Bucs will add some talent to the defense on day two. The 2017 NFL draft continues with the second round today, which means we have some mock drafts to (p)review. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers walked out of the first round with the best tight end in the draft in O.J. Howard, but still have some other positions they need to address. Most notably, they need to find a long-term starter at free safety, and probably want to add a running back—potentially a starter. And most mock drafts have them focusing on those exact...
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NFL Draft Rumor: Buccaneers passed on Dalvin Cook because Doug Martin is doing well

NFL Draft Rumor: Buccaneers passed on Dalvin Cook because Doug Martin is doing well

Are the Bucs relying on Doug Martin to carry their running game? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are really happy with first-round pick O.J. Howard, but selecting the star tight end did cause them to pass on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook—something some fans aren’t all that happy about. Cook’s draft stock was all over the first round over the past month, mostly driven by vague concerns about his off-field behavior. It’s not clear whether the Bucs are as concerned about that as other teams appear to be, though. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, one reason they passed on...
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NFL Draft Grades 2017: Everyone loves the Buccaneers and O.J. Howard

NFL Draft Grades 2017: Everyone loves the Buccaneers and O.J. Howard

Analysts and fans love the Bucs snapping up O.J. Howard. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the steal of the draft, if we can believe most analysts. Tight end O.J. Howard was supposed to be a top ten pick, perhaps even a top five selection, but instead he fell all the way to number nineteen for no discernable reason. The Bucs couldn’t believe their luck, and ran to the podium to turn in that pick. Howard’s a terrific talent who also fits a need. If the Bucs could give themselves a grade for that pick, I’d think it’d be pretty high—and most people seem to agree. 86% of Bucs fans gave...
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NFL Draft 2017: Watch O.J. Howard’s origin story at tiny Atauga Academy

NFL Draft 2017: Watch O.J. Howard’s origin story at tiny Atauga Academy

Somehow, Alabama found this star at Atauga Academy—and the Bucs couldn’t be happier. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted a steal in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft: Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, who was widely expected to be a top ten pick before falling to the Bucs at number 19. Howard represents a steal on the field, but he’s terrific off the field as well. “He’s a great kid,” general manager Jason Licht said after drafting Howard. “He’s one of the top character kids on the board, if not the top. So, for multiple reasons, we’re beyond excited.” That off-the-field...
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2017 NFL Draft: Best available players after round one

2017 NFL Draft: Best available players after round one

Dalvin Cook is probably the most surprising player to fall out of the first round. The first round of the 2017 NFL draft is over, and now we can move on to the next round. 32 players are off the board, and a lot of fans think their team got a lot better tonight. But general managers have to go back to work and figure out who they’re taking in the second and third round on Friday. The first round was pretty messy. Three teams traded up for quarterbacks, the San Francisco 49ers added a slew of picks and two outstanding players, tight end O.J. Howard dropped all the way to the Bucs at...
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NFL Draft Results 2017: Watch O.J. Howard react to his selection

NFL Draft Results 2017: Watch O.J. Howard react to his selection

O.J. Howard was at home when the Bucs picked him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the nineteenth overall pick, and they were ecstatic that he was still available at the time. But how did Howard experience this selection? Howard was at home for the draft and not at the draft in Philadelphia, but there were a few cameras there to capture the reaction—though they were too late for the call preceding the announcement. WATCH: OJ Howard @TheRealOjHoward hears his name as the 19th pick to @TBBuccaneers highest #Alabama TE drafted in school history....
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2017 NFL Draft Results: Three reasons the Buccaneers picked O.J. Howard

2017 NFL Draft Results: Three reasons the Buccaneers picked O.J. Howard

The Bucs grabbed an explosive, all-around tight end in the first round. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got a steal in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft when O.J. Howard fell from a projected top ten pick all the way to number nineteen. They were ecstatic, very surprised, and couldn’t wait to pull the trigger—even with fan favorite Dalvin Cook on the board, too. Of course, the Bucs already have a productive tight end on the team in Cameron Brate. But whereas Brate is mostly a receiving tight end, and not an overly explosive one, Howard can do everything: block, run down the seam, and...
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Buccaneers draft picks 2017: O.J. Howard goes No. 1

Buccaneers draft picks 2017: O.J. Howard goes No. 1

The Bucs grab a steal and a massive target for Jameis Winston. With the nineteenth overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have selected tight end O.J. Howard out of Alabama. This was a shocking selection. Not because Howard wasn’t worth the pick, but because no one expected him to fall this far. In fact, it’s still unclear how he dropped all the way to number 19, as he was widely considered to be a top ten pick before today. Howard is the best and most all-round tight end in this draft, adept both as a blocker and as a receiver. He blew away all of his competition...
Apr 27, 2017
2017 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, times, draft order and more

2017 NFL Draft: TV Schedule, times, draft order and more

The draft starts at 8:00 p.m. tonight, when we’ll find out who the next young NFL stars will be. The first round of the 2017 NFL draft starts at 8:00 p.m. ET today, and we are here for it. We’ll have coverage throughout all three days of the draft and will keep you posted on what’s happening, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are taking, and why. As always, rumors and reports are flying around right now and the last few days. Three clear trends in media reports for the Bucs: they love Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (but he may not fall to them), they want to trade down, and Ohio...