Even with the signing of Desean Jackson, the Bucs are still expected to draft a WR in the upcoming draft. The Bucs know they still need depth at the position and don’t want to find themselves in the situation they were in last year again. This years draft has plenty of intriguing prospects at the receiver position and has pretty good overall depth. The Bucs have spoken with most of them including John Ross, Juju Smith Schuster, Carlos Henderson, Taywan Taylor, Curtis Samuel, and Chris Godwin. Speaking of Godwin, he has gotten a lot of buzz recently so I decided to take a deeper look into what he could bring to this Buccaneers team.
Chris Godwin-WR 6’1 209lbs 59 recs 982 yds 16.6 ypc 72 long 11 tds
Strengths: Godwin plays hard and is all out on every play. He brings a physical attitude to the run game as he is a very capable blocker. He knows how to use his body to create separation and has very good body control. Smooth route runner and can run the full route tree as well as attack all areas of the field. Versatile player as he can play inside or outside and does a good job of beating press or zone coverage. Good release off the line. Best strength is making contested catches as he had the highest contested catch percentage out of all the WR’s that tested. He just has a way of winning the 50/50 catches.
Weaknesses: Biggest area of concern is consistency as he would at times have focus drops. Needs to be more aggressive as a blocker. Speed doesn’t always show up especially against man coverage which hurts him to create separation consistently. Not a explosive player in the open field as his yac stats have been very subpar so far, only 4.5 yac and 9 broken tackles in 2016.
Overall: I feel Godwin is an intriguing prospect and would be a solid fit for this Buccaneers offense. He has a chance to be a very solid number two receiver in this league with his ability to run routes and make contested catches. So far the Bucs have shown interest in Godwin as they have met with him several times and have him scheduled for a private visit sometime in April. With the Bucs picking at 50th overall in round 2, it’s possible Godwin could be their guy with that selection. Personally I’m not a big supporter of Godwin as I would go with someone who can make things happen after the catch like Carlos Henderson or Taywan Taylor. However, Godwin is a good player and the Bucs could definitely use more of those.