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Sports Illustrated Gives Some Love to the Buccaneers for Their 2017 Draft Picks

While it could take years for the Bucs and the rest of the NFL to be able to give a grade to the teams’ draft class this year, it’s never early to start throwing out how teams did last week in the annual picking of players.

Chris Burke of SI has thrown out his grades – and he has the following to say about how he felt the Buccaneers did last week.

Not sure anyone expected TE O.J. Howard to be around at pick No. 19. The Bucs almost had to take him there—he’ll bolster their run game with his blocking, and his pairing with Cameron Brate will cause significant mismatch problems for opposing defenses. S Justin Evans (No. 50), an aggressive defender, should find his way onto the field early. Those are the main cogs of this class. WR Chris Godwin (No. 84) is interesting as a downfield threat, but he’s no better than the fifth or sixth option in the passing game. LB Kendall Beckwith (No. 107) is coming off an ACL injury and doesn’t really land at a spot of need. Pick No. 162, RB Jeremy McNichols, is one to file away for those fantasy drafts. He’s a sleeper option if he can win time. GRADE B+

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