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TE O.J. Howard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-6, 251Born: 11-19-1994College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 19

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Howard might be the best athlete in the NFL at the tight end position as a rookie. His speed and acceleration for his frame are ridiculously rare. A good college blocker, Howard could transition quicker than most rookies with in-line responsibilities. There were pre-draft concerns about Howard's focus and day-to-day work ethic and veteran Cameron Brate has none of those issues. The physical upside is obvious but monitor Howard's camp.

Summary

Howard surprisingly fell to Tampa Bay at No.19 overall in the 2017 after being projected as a top-12 pick for the entire draft process. While Tampa Bay re-signed Cameron Brate on a one-year contract this offseason, expect to see Howard - considered one of the most pro-ready prospects in the entire draft - on the field plenty. Historical expectations are low for rookie tight ends and Howard's receiving productivity is muted outside of a Brate injury. (June 1)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 26, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 22, 25, 26, 26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 30, 31, 33, 34
TE Redraft PPR - 26, 15, 17, 20, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 25, 26, 27, 27, 29, 29, 29, 30, 33, 33, 34, 35
TE Dynasty - 7, 6, 7, 7, 10, 11, 13
Overall Dynasty - 94, 67, 71
Overall Rookie - 8, 7, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 12, 13, 19

Stats and Projections

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2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 33 * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 35 * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 32 * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 35 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 138
TE: 14
Overall-PPR: 140
TE-PPR: 15

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2017 Schedule

1@ Miami Dolphins
2vs Chicago Bears
3@ Minnesota Vikings
4vs New York Giants
5vs New England Patriots
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7@ Buffalo Bills
8vs Carolina Panthers
9@ New Orleans Saints
10vs New York Jets
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Atlanta Falcons
13@ Green Bay Packers
14vs Detroit Lions
15vs Atlanta Falcons
16@ Carolina Panthers
17vs New Orleans Saints