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Buccaneers use first-round pick on Alabama TE O.J. Howard

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 12: O.J. Howard #88 of the Alabama Crimson Tide turns up this reception against DeAndre Ward #28 and Dezmond Harris #46 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 12: O.J. Howard #88 of the Alabama Crimson Tide turns up this reception against DeAndre Ward #28 and Dezmond Harris #46 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the 19th pick in the NFL draft, providing young quarterback Jameis Winston with another playmaker for an improved offense.

Winston threw for more than 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons, however the Bucs have struggled to score points.

General manager Jason Licht and coach Dirk Koetter are counting on him to be able to get the ball in the end zone with more regularity after adding Howard, as well as veteran receiver DeSean Jackson in free agency.

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