Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Redrafting the 2017 draft class

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The 2017 NFL Draft class was one of the worst for the Buccaneers in many years. Here is our best attempt to fix the year that is better spent forgotten.

“Ifs” and “buts” do very little in the world of sports. What’s done is done, and nothing can change anything that happened in the past. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can’t do anything to change their horrific 2017 NFL Draft class, but if they could, rest assured that they would do so in a heartbeat.

The Buccaneers’ 2017 draft class could go down as one of the worst for any team in recent memory. The Bucs currently only have two of the players from that group that are still playing, and they have sunk a lot of money into two others that haven’t played in several years.

Here are the original picks:

1-19: O.J. Howard, tight end, Alabama

2-50: Justin Evans, safety, Texas A&M

3-84: Chris Godwin, wide receiver, Penn State

3-107: Kendell Beckwith, linebacker, LSU

5-162: Jeremy McNichols, running back, Boise State

7-223: Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, defensive line, USC

In hindsight, without the injuries, this Buccaneer group could have played a more prominent role than they did, but that does not excuse the current status of these players.

For the sake of this redraft, none of the pick positions are changed, and the only players that can be selected are still on the board or taken at later spots. UDFAs can only go in the seventh round.