Saints Draft

NFC South’s first round went well enough to worry Saints

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Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) rushes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Stanford Cardinal running back Christian McCaffrey (5) rushes the ball against the Washington Huskies during the second half at Husky Stadium. Washington won 44-6. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end O.J. Howard (88) scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Round 1, Pick 19: OJ Howard, TE, Alabama
Round 2, Pick 50: Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Round 3, Pick 84: Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Round 3, Pick 107: Kendall Beckwith, LB, LSU
Round 5, Pick 162: Jeremy McNichols, RB, Boise State
Round 7, Pick 223: Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, DT, USC

Jameis Winston’s development into a franchise quarterback is going to be much, much easier after the amazing moves made by Tampa Bay. Not only did they sign Desean Jackson to pair with star wideout Mike Evans, they practically stole OJ Howard and Chris Godwin in the draft. Howard, a top-5 talent in this class, fell into the ever-so-grateful hands for the Buccaneers. Many marked him as a “can’t fail” player, and now he will be catching passes from young phenom Jameis Winston.

Same can be said for Godwin, a second-round talent who was picked up in the third. He had a fantastic junior season that was capped off by a 187 yard, 2 touchdown performance in the Rose Bowl against USC. He will now help electrify that Tampa Bay offense even more. Nicholson looks to do the same, and Evans could become their starting safety in Week 1.

The Buccaneers improved just as much or more than any team in the league. Their backfield and secondary may still have some questions, but everything else appears to be a finely tuned machine. Watch out: Tampa Bay could continue the NFC South Super Bowl appearance streak.

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