As they do every offseason, the NFL Network is currently going through their top 100 players going into the 2018 season. The way they compile the list is actually by asking players who their top guys are around the league. It could be teammates or players they’ve gone up against or watched that they have a lot of respect for. It’s a peer-based ranking system that comes together after compiling some of the most common names that are brought up.

Bucs tight end O.J. Howard was asked about his top tight ends in the NFL and this is who he said he admires the most.

It’s hard to go wrong with a pick like Travis Kelce. Since becoming a starter in 2014, Kelce has over 300 catches, 3,900 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns. Howard notes that Kelce is sort of just like a big receiver, and that you never know what he’s going to do with the ball in his hands.

Howard and Kelce are actually built very similarly. Kelce measured in at 6-foot-5, 256 pounds and ran a 4.61 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Howard came in at 6-foot-6, 251 pounds and ran a 4.51 40-yard dash.

Can Howard be as productive as Kelce?

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. IMO OJ will be a Pro Bowl player for several years.

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  2. If he keeps on working on his game, which I think we can expect him to do since he seems like a great dude who wants to be a great player. Then yes, he definitely has all the tools to be one of the best in the league.

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  3. OJ can line up anywhere on the field. Big and can block. He can have a great career, the coaches just have to use him the right way.

    There is no reason why we don’t use him in the red zone more as a pass catcher rather than blocker, but a crappy offensive line and no running game for teams to respect might be the case. Hopefully that changes this year.

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    • I so hope you’re right! Given the opportunity I can see him putting up Kelce-like numbers, no problem. But we’ve got Brate too, so he may take some of OJ’s targets, I just hope not too many. I believe with all the talent and deep talent, we could easily be a top 5 offense. If not we’re wasting some serious talent here.

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  4. In other news, Florida Football Insiders reports that the Bucs may have interest in free agent RB Adrian Peterson. Read this on RotoWorld, can’t confirm.

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    • It’s Memorial Day mac, nor April Fools Day.

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