Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Media Praise for Bucs' 2017 Draft Class

Members of the media loved the Buccaneers' selections in the 2017 NFL Draft.


The 2017 NFL Draft has come and gone, with the Buccaneers adding six new players to their roster. Among those picks was O.J. Howard, a tight end out of Alabama who many analysts believed could have been a top-five pick. The Buccaneers selected Howard at No. 19, a pick that many media members considered to be the best of the entire draft. ESPN's Mel Kiper said that the Bucs' first-round pick was "in the running for the best pick in the draft" while NFL.com's Adam Schein declared that the Buccaneers are headed for the playoffs after a successful draft.

Here is a look at what Kiper, Schein and other analysts are saying about the Bucs' draft class:

  • ESPN: O.J. Howard was the cornerstone in a draft class ESPN's Mel Kiper considers to be one of the NFL's best. He graded the Buccaneers' class as an A-, with anyone earning an A or higher being "exceptional." Only five teams received an A- or an A… **[READ

](http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-1/Mel-Kiper-Grades-Buccaneers-Draft-Class/13d486f0-d42e-4db2-8086-287f9f77bb3f)* * NFL Network: ho was the biggest steal of the 2017 NFL Draft? Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks believe it was the Buccaneers' first-round pick, O.J. Howard… WATCH
* NFL.com: TheBuccaneers had the sixth-best draft of any team in the league, according to NFL.com's Power Rankings… [VIEW NOW
]http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000806189/article/2017-nfl-draft-class-power-rankings-teams-58) * FL.com: *
Adam Schein believes the Buccaneers are headed to the playoffs after the moves they made in the draft… READ NOW**
* Blacher Report: In gradig every NFL general manager's offseason, Jason Licht received an A. The grades account for both free agency and the draft… READ
* Pro Fotball Focus: "While Bucsfans are likely excited about the skill players Tampa Bay drafted in the first and third rounds, the selection of Justin Evans in Round 2 may be the most important." … READ MORE
* The Tamp Bay Times: The Buccaneerscould have signed a star with their seventh-round draft pick, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu… READ
* Sports Illutrated: The Buccaneers' daft class was graded a B+ by SI's staff. Theyalso believe the Buccaneers are one of the most improved tems in the league so far this offseason.

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