While the Harvard product exceeded everyone's expectations with a 57-catch, eight-touchdown season, blocking wasn't exactly his strong suit, which played a part in the Bucs running game being ranked near the bottom of the league in most major categories. Howard brings a more complete skill set that includes freakish downfield speed for a player of his size, along with the pedigree of a No. 1 pick. However, it's notable that Brate already has experience carving out a niche alongside an athletic tight end with superior measurables in the form of the mercurial and since-departed Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The sure hands, dependable route running and overall toughness that Brate displayed last season are not likely to be forsaken by Koetter regardless of Howard's presence, and as per Scott Smith of the team's official site, the Bucs head coach went out of his way to reassure his incumbent tight end of that personally Tampa's first-round selection Thursday.
This move comes as a slight surprise given Dennard's injury history and underwhelming on-field performance since entering the league as a first-round pick back in 2014. However, starting cornerback Adam Jones is 33 years old and the Bengals still have no idea what they have in William Jackson III, their 2016 first-rounder who missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle, so gambling on Denard's potential improvement could have been more out of necessity than anything else.
After signing with the Chargers last summer, Johnstone failed to appear in a single game in 2016 due to landing on injured reserve with an undisclosed ailment before the season opener. Fortunately, the fact he wasn't waived with a failed physical designation suggests he's back to full strength. He'll ideally look to find a new home in advance of team training camps in late July.
This move is more of a formality than anything else considering there was never any doubt the Ravens' would pick up the fifth-year option of a player who has averaged over 114 tackles per season since entering the league in 2014. Not only that, but Mosley has also made the Pro Bowl twice in three years and is growing into the leader of the Baltimore defense. Now that he's locked in through the 2018 season, both Mosley and the team have plenty of time to work out a long-term contract.
Hooker underwent labrum and core muscle surgeries in January. His inability to participate in spring practices could mean it takes longer for him to win a starting job at the start of the season. However, he may not be too behind if he's able to fully participate in training camp.
Once projected as a likely top-10 pick, the Western Michigan product was seemingly in danger of falling to the middle part of the first round after an offseason ankle injury prevented him from taking part in pre-draft athletic testing. The Titans apparently aren't too concerned, as his college tape makes a strong argument that he possesses high-end athleticism for an NFL wideout. Listed at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, Davis had at least 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in each of his final three college seasons, mixing in some impressive performances against top Big 10 defenses to go along with his consistent dominance in the MAC. He seems to be on track in his recovery from January surgery, with recent reports suggesting he'll be back to full strength within the next few weeks. The Titans may have found Marcus Mariota's go-to receiver, which would allow Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe to fall into the complementary roles that they're probably best suited for. While it would be helpful if Davis took part in the offseason program, the Titans likely will prioritize getting him back to full health for the start of training camp. With fellow top-10 picks Mike Williams (Chargers) and John Ross (Bengals) landing on teams that already have strong receiving corps, Davis has the most obvious path to immediate fantasy relevance among the first-round wideouts, though all three should benefit from playing with established quarterbacks.
While Mahomes presumably won't challenge Smith for the Week 1 starting job, the Chiefs' decision to give up three early-round picks for the young quarterback means there will be pressure to make a midseason change if the team doesn't live up to expectations early in the year. It does seem the Chiefs are well positioned to avoid such a scenario, with Smith coming off a strong 2016 season and surrounded by the best supporting cast he's had since arriving in Kansas City. The larger concern is Smith's future beyond 2017, as his contract only runs through 2018 and doesn't have any guaranteed payments left. Given what the team surrendered in Thursday's trade, Mahomes likely will be groomed to take over the starting job in 2018. Smith will celebrate his 33rd birthday in May, but he could still be a valuable trade chip next offseason as a potential one-year stopgap with a reasonable salary.
Foster slid down the draft board Thursday night in part because of shoulder issues. The linebacker underwent surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder back in February but now says he feels 90 percent recovered. While the team believes Foster will be cleared in time for camp, the ailment will be something to keep an eye on throughout the offseason.
Signed to a five-year, $32 million contract last offseason, Ivory was a major disappointment his first season in Jacksonville, taking 117 carries for 439 yards (3.8 average) and three touchdowns, with 20 catches for 186 yards on 28 targets while playing only 11 games. With Fournette presumably stepping in as the early-down workhorse and Yeldon likely handling passing downs, Ivory may be left without a clear role in the Jaguars offense. His contract could keep him around for another season, but there isn't much cause for optimism regarding his future in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars heavily invested in their backfield the past two offseasons, selecting Yeldon at No. 36 overall in the 2015 draft, and then signing Ivory to a five-year, $32 million contract the following March. The result last season was a rushing attack that ranked 22nd in the NFL in yards per game (101.9) and 17th in yards per carry (4.2), with both of those marks getting a major boost from quarterback Blake Bortles, who took 58 carries for 359 yards (6.2 YPC). Ivory and Yeldon both fell shy of four yards per carry, but the latter did at least contribute 50 catches -- albeit for only 312 yards -- which should help him stay relevant in the Jacksonville backfield as a likely passing-down complement to Fournette. Yeldon missed the final game of last season with an ankle injury, but he should have time to make a full recovery before training camp, if he hasn't already.