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:Who 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:The Buccaneers had the sixth-best draft of any team in the league, according to NFL.com's Power Rankings… VIEW NOW * NFL.com: *Adam Schein believes the Buccaneers are headed to the playoffs after the moves they made in the draft… READ NOW** * Bleacher Report:In grading every NFL general manager's offseason, Jason Licht received an A. The grades account for both free agency and the draft… READ * Pro Football Focus:"While Bucs fans 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 Tampa Bay Times:The Buccaneers could have signed a star with their seventh-round draft pick, Stevie Tu'ikolovatu… READ * Sports Illustrated:The Buccaneers' draft class wasgraded a B+by SI's staff. They also believe the Buccaneers are one of themost improved teams in the league so far this offseason.

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