Corey Davis, Mike Williams, John Ross, Zay Jones, Curtis Samuel, Juju Smith-Schuster, Cooper Kupp, Taywan Taylor, Ardarius Stewart, Carlos Henderson, and in the third round, with the 84th pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Chris Godwin, Wide Receiver, Penn State. That’s right, there were 10 wide receivers taken in the 2017 NFL Draft ahead of Godwin. Out of those ten, only two have better stats than his stats of 119 catches, 1,753 yards, and 12 touchdowns. Those two being Smith-Schuster and Cooper Kupp. I don’t know what kind of formula Jason Licht uses to evaluate receiver talent, but it works. As far as the entire package goes, including blocking ability, there may be a very few better than Chris Godwin. Because very good blocking receivers don’t come around every day.
In fact, dare I say that in his way of playing the game, route running, and uncanny ability to get open, and Blocking, he isn’t far off from being as good as Mike Evans. They are different type receivers from each other, but both are near the very best at what they do. Evans has been doing it longer and been extremely consistent at it, he’s going to be setting some impressive records soon. Like Evans, Godwin just has that extra quality that propels some players into the very best at the position. It makes me smile when I think of all that we have yet to see from the young Penn State product.
On Monday, Arians was asked if he has had any receivers that block as well as Godwin, in the past? This is what he had to say:
“Yeah, I’ve been blessed. Hines Ward was one of the best ever. Reggie Wayne bought into it [and] was a physical receiver. Larry Fitzgerald was one of the best-blocking receivers the last few years. Chris – that’s his role. That’s why I love when a guy has the breakout games of  catches or whatever for 170 yards because he’s doing all that grimy work. You throw him screen passes in the red zone, not just because they’re good at it [but] because they deserve it. He blocked Clay Matthews better than our tight ends did a couple of times.”
One thing should go without saying, we haven’t seen the best of Chris Godwin by any means, the best is yet to come, mark my words. Go Bucs!!
Greg Auman posted something similar yesterday on Twitter.