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NFL Mock Draft 2017: Todd McShay gives the Buccaneers an explosive weapon

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The offseason rolls on, and ESPN’s Todd McShay has his third mock draft of the season out already. In it, he hands the Tampa Bay Buccaneers an increasingly popular pick: Miami tight end David Njoku.

Bucs TE Cameron Brate had a breakout 2016 campaign with 660 yards and eight touchdowns, but Njoku's athleticism is on a different level. At the combine, he ran a 4.70 40 and jumped out of the gym 37.5-inch vertical and an 11-foot, 1-inch broad jump. Njoku would give Tampa a formidable two-TE set.

With O.J. Howard gone at number four (!), the top three running backs—Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook— gone by the 18th pick and the third receiver (John Ross) picked one spot before the Bucs get on the clock, Njoku is easily the best and most explosive offensive weapon available for the Bucs.

He makes a lot of sense, too. The Bucs have a solid and reliable target at tight end in Cameron Brate, but Njoku is special, both in terms of his athleticism and his potential as a blocker, though he’ll have to work on that aspect of his game.

If the Bucs do go this route, they’ll have given Jameis Winston all the weapons he needs to be successful. A massive, top-notch receiver who can pull in some ridiculous catches in Mike Evans, a reliable deep threat in DeSean Jackson, a reliable slot receiver in Adam Humphries and an explosive tight end to threaten the deep middle of the field and create mismatches in David Njoku.

The one thing that would be missing is an all-around running back, but it doesn’t seem like the Bucs are dissatisfied with their current group. Jacquizz Rodgers, Charles Sims and Peyton Barber (and possibly Doug Martin) make for a neat, all-around group of backs with a versatile skillset — though it’s certainly not the kind of group that will dominate.

But then, who needs a dominant running game if you have weapons like this and a quarterback who looks like the real deal? Running games are useful and some element of consistency is necessary, but you don’t need to lean on them to get an explosive offense going.

The one problem: the Bucs would still need some reinforcement at safety. A second-round pick at that position seems likely, if the Bucs further strengthen their offense in the first.