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Buccaneers Draft O.J. Howard in Round 1

Posted Apr 29, 2017

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected TE O.J. Howard with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected O.J. Howard, a tight end out of Alabama, with the No. 19 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Below is a quick look at the newest member of the Bucs:

POSITION: TE
SCHOOL: Alabama
HEIGHT: 6-6
WEIGHT: 251
HIGHLIGHTS: WATCH
THINGS TO KNOW: READ
INFOGRAPHIC - O.J. HOWARD: VIEW

BUCS' CALL TO HOWARD: WATCH
HOWARD A "DREAM PICK": STORY
HOWARD - "THAT'S A LOADED OFFENSE: READ
HOWARD ARRIVES IN TAMPA: PHOTOS
HOWARD'S GOAL - CONSISTENCY: READ
PLAYERS, MEDIA REACT TO PICK: READ
PRESS CONFERENCES: Jason Licht | Dirk Koetter

NFL.COM SAYS:
"Exceptionally gifted athlete. Has long arms and massive hands for his position. Tremendous acceleration into his routes. Has tools to torment defenses on second and third level. Play speed resembles a wide receiver's when the ball is in the air. Linebackers have no shot against him in space. Can turn a short throw into a long gain. Light on his feet and smooth out of his breaks. Easy separator who creates instant throwing windows when he hits the gas. Natural pass catcher who plucks it away from his body. Can adjust to poorly thrown balls and secure contested catches. Shows no lack of toughness over the middle. Can be lined up all over the field. Monster championship game in 2015 season revealed true potential. Has elite ceiling as playmaker. Lands his hands inside the frame as a blocker. Operates with wide base and attempts to snap hips into his block."