2017 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers at 19 and 31 Others

Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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While the Cardinals will be crossing every finger in the war room hoping for Corey Davis to slip past Cleveland, it just didn’t happen in this scenario, so what’s the team to do?

Well they could take the next best receiving threat in the draft who can also block and play in-line or split wide as a tight end.

O.J. Howard had a great national showing in the championship game, followed it up with a great Senior Bowl week and is an impressive combine away from becoming a legitimate Top-15 threat.

Imagine Larry Fitzgerald in the slot with Howard coming into the field from an in-line stance as a receiver on the same side. Who do you cover and with whom?

Then, put Howard in the slot on one side and run David Johnson through the gap that the Alabama prospect will secure with his blocking acumen.

It’s too good to pass up at this juncture, and there’s wide receiver talent to be had in later rounds.