The Buccaneers look in the early rounds of the draft
Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC
The cheapest way for the Buccaneers to replace Chris Godwin is to draft his successor. Tampa Bay would only have to invest a small sum of money in a second or third-round pick while also getting a high level of play out of the rookie, and this is exactly what they did with Chris Godwin.
Godwin was a third-round pick, and he is a testament to the fact that all great receivers don’t go on day one. The Buccaneers have received an incredible level of production out of a player that has consistently been one of the cheapest on their payroll.
While it is hard to imagine the Buccaneers could hit on this scenario twice in a span of a few years, a draft pick like Amon-Ra St. Brown could be the perfect replacement to call on in year one.
St. Brown looks great on deep shots, a mainstay in the Buccaneer offense, but what really stands out about his game is his comfort with the ball after the catch. It is no secret that the Buccaneers have loved using Godwin in the screen game, and St. Brown could likely replicate some of that success after the catch.
Chris Godwin is a hard player to replace, but St. Brown has the skillset and the attitude to fill in for Godwin at the Y if the Buccaneers are willing to draft a replacement early. Considering the role that Godwin plays, the Bucs should assuredly look in the early rounds of the draft if their number two departs this offseason.