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Buccaneers take O.J. Howard in 1st round; UF’s Jarrad Davis goes to Lions

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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.

The Detroit Lions drafted Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis with the No. 21 pick in the NFL draft.

Detroit addressed a desperate need, adding a player who could fill in for released linebacker DeAndre Levy and perhaps bolster the franchise’s weakest link.

The 6-foot-1, 238-pound Davis missed about a third of last season with an ankle injury, but was still second-team All-SEC. He played in nine games, making 60 tackles, including two sacks.

The Lions most significant additions this offseason have been on offense, signing veteran linemen Rick Wagner and T.J. Lang.

No surprise at the top of the NFL draft: Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was the first choice by the Cleveland Browns.

Coming off a 1-15 season, the Browns need help everywhere. They began filling holes Thursday night by grabbing Garrett, a junior and All-American with dynamic passing rushing skills, probably the best of any player in this draft. While Garrett was bothered by some injuries last season, at times he was unblockable in the tough SEC.

Garrett is the first Aggie selected No. 1 overall.

Republished with permission from the Associated Press.

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