I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase, “I must be dreaming” before. As I write this article, I still have no idea if what occurred last night actually happened or if it was a dream.
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I have been clamoring for OJ Howard for months. I wrote in previous articles how beneficial he would be in our offense. At one point the only player I had projected to be better for this team was Corey Davis. As I watched more tape, I leaned towards OJ.
It really wasn’t worth discussing, though. I figured it would be impossible for us to acquire him unless we traded the farm to move up to get him. I sincerely believe Howard is the best player in this draft. One of few that could start day one. There is no way that he could drop to the Bucs at nineteen, right?
As the dominos fell last night and the run on receivers escalated, I was certain OJ’s name was about to be read aloud. Derek Barnett, Malik Hooker, Marlon Humphrey, Jonathan Allen. Then number nineteen. Surely the Titans would draft him to replace Walker for the future. Then it occurred to me, they drafted Corey Davis and they need defensive help. Adoree Jackson! OJ was there for the taking…
Now I realize everyone in the state of Florida was praying to land Dalvin Cook and I can see why, he is a freak athlete and one of the best backs to come out in some time. However, we COULD NOT pass up on OJ. He is the best tight end since Rob Gronkowski, in my opinion. He is dominant in both blocking and receiving. I still cannot fathom how all those teams passed up on a top-five talent. Dalvin seems to have some character concerns that scared front offices away as well.
It also looks like management passed on Dalvin Cook because Doug Martin looked great in training last week, as reports indicate. I have been known to show my support for Doug. In my opinion, he deserves a second chance. I know this agitates a lot of people, but our front office seems to agree with me and I trust them a lot more than any fan. I couldn’t be happier the Dougernaut is returning.
Cameron Brate should not be worried, either. If you know anything about Koetter’s system, he loves to run two tight-end sets. He worked magic with Tony Gonzalez in Atlanta. He had Austin Sefarin-Jenkins that he was intending on utilizing quite a bit, before he pre-gamed before practice. ASJ and Brate were supposed to be a lethal duo, it just didn’t work out that way. OJ is arguably way better than Sefarian-Jenkins too.
Now Koetter has two very, very, very good tight ends to play with. They will feed off of each other. Plus let’s be real here, Brate is not great at blocking. However, he is still one of the best pass-catching ends in the league. OJ Howard’s performance has been well-documented for his ability to block defensive ends as well as a receiver. He can do it all and this will essentially upgrade the offensive line as well. Two birds, one stone.
I just can’t stop thinking about the offense. Jameis Winston, Cameron Brate, Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, OJ Howard, Doug Martin, Adam Humphries, Charles Sims, Jacquizz Rodgers. On paper, this looks like a top five offense. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have improved in a matter of hours. The world will see.
I am excited for tonight. There are some dominant players left, including Dalvin Cook. However if I’m making the decisions, I’m going for a Safety. One of my favorite players in Obi Melifonwu is still hanging out as well as Budda Baker. Just a matter of hours before we load-up even more.
I don’t know about you but no matter what we do, I am already elated with this draft. Anything more is icing on the cake. I could not have asked for a better player and we didn’t even have to move to get him.
This is a dream…right?