Even after acquiring wide receiver DeSean Jackson, it’s no secret that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still looking to add weapons for Jameis Winston and that offense via the draft.

Throughout the draft process, we’ve seen players like Corey Davis, John Ross and Dalvin Cook be mocked to the Bucs at their first round, No. 19 overall pick, but we’ve also seen writers (and the team itself) think “bigger” with a possible addition to the tight end position.

After confirming that Alabama’s O.J. Howard had met with the Bucs during Senior Bowl week and the Combine, plus a scheduled private workout in Tampa Bay, it became clear that this interest to add a tight end early was real.

Now, ESPN’s Adam Caplan reports Miami TE David Njoku visited the Bucs earlier this week as well.

For PewterReport.com readers, hearing this news is less of a shock than it is a confirmation. Njoku was chosen as the Buccaneers pick in PR’s latest 7-round mock draft, and was also featured in the Cover 3 column for an extensive film breakdown of his game.

For the Bucs to get Njoku, as Caplan explained, it will likely take that No. 19 overall pick to see him in red and pewter. 

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

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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Destino102
Destino102
5 years ago

I don’t know if it’s ever been addressed before on this site, but what actualyy happens on these visits? I know they run them through some drills and see how they are in the classroom with film, but I just wasn’t sure if they try to do any kind of buttering up. It’s not like they are an FA or we are trying to get them to commit to us or anything. Do we take them out for a night in Ybor or anything?

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Destino102
5 years ago

I’m guessing these are more about getting to the know the guy and not the player. Sure thy’ll run through some drills, but probably most about getting to know the man as well as the player. I believe when Jameis came in for his, the Bucs brought Mccoy or VJ out to dinner and stuff with them.

nybuccguy
nybuccguy
5 years ago

Licht loves young players who havent reached their physical potential yet. I think this guy is our first rounder if Howard is off the board.

chetthevette
chetthevette
5 years ago

Saw him interviewed on NFL Network. Well spoken and seemed likable.
After watching the YouTube highlights I came away pleasantly pleased.
I’m sure that Litch has a plan I also like the idea of draft someone from Miami, seems to me they might handle the heat here better. I can’t count the kids from up north just wilting in training camp. It might be impossible to goof the first pick up. Mocks have us all over the place. Actually saw a mock that Solomon falling to 19. Dream on.
GO BUCS

bueller
bueller
5 years ago

I can’t say I am against this pick, but Brate was at the top of the NFL with TD’s last year, and not many offenses truly can feature two tight ends. The Patriots didn’t even use Martellus Bennett consistently last year. I would have rather paid some cash to sign him then use our first round on this guy. He is more athletic than Brate, but how much more upside will he have with Brate playing, and the Bucs lacking at #2 or #3 WR and RB. If Deshaun Jackson or Mike Evans goes down, we are in the same… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

If he’s the best of the bunch at 19 then he’d be my guy. He was very impressive on NFL Network.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

I also watched him on NFL Network, seems to be very smart guy.
The only difference between him and Howard is blocking and with coaching will get better only being 20 years old he may have more upside so I think Bucs should draft him. Alot of teams use 2TE.

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
5 years ago

Seems like a good option … if the top WRs the Bucs have targeted are off the board at 19, he’s a good option .. but at the same time, I could easily see Licht finding a willing trade partner to trade down a few spots to get Njoku and then upgrade our second pick, or some other such kind of trade.

bueller
bueller
5 years ago

If Christian McCafferey is there, he would be a great pick. He is a RB, can play WR, and returns kicks. If the Bucs picked him, they resign Doug Martin to a league minimum with incentives. If Martin is good, they have McCafferey as a WR and KR. If Martin isn’t okay, he is the RB.

Should Mike Evans or D-Jax get injured, we are right back where we were last year… no RB, no #2 WR.

McCafferey makes more sense than an athletic developmental TE.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  bueller
5 years ago

I like McCaffrey’s versatility too.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
5 years ago

If all of the WR,TE are off the board, then draft best DE.
All the teams in our Div. can score. A better pass rush will help the DB’s.