Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Chris Godwin No. 84 Overall

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin No. 84 overall in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Godwin ranks fourth in program history in receiving yards (2,404) and touchdowns (18). Following a career night in Pasadena that saw him rack up 187 yards and two scores, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Middletown, Del., native elected to forgo his final season of eligibility.

His spectacular showing at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the Nittany Lions’ 38-31 comeback win in the Big Ten Championship, more than validated his decision to leave school early. Godwin did a little bit of everything for Penn State during his time in Happy Valley. He’ll reunite with former teammate, left tackle Donovan Smith, in Tampa Bay.

Not only was he Trace McSorley’s favorite deep threat in 2016, but Godwin was also known for his sure hands over the middle. He routinely dragged defenders with him downfield, showcasing the strength that helped him post a ridiculous 19 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press. Godwin’s 4.42 in the 40-yard dash alleviated any doubts of his top-end speed on the outside.

The Bucs have loaded up on weapons for Jameis Winston this offseason, as they currently boast a rotation of Godwin, Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson, and first-round pick O.J. Howard.

Photo By: Alex Bauer
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Ethan Kasales is a townie who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. He's majoring in Journalism and has a passion for Spanish. Ethan's a lifelong Penn State football fan and loves talking all types of sports with whoever will listen. In the winter, when it's way too cold in Happy Valley to play golf, he teaches snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. If you ever want to learn how to ride, he'd love to teach you. Ethan enjoys whistling along to everything from Bruce Springsteen to Action Bronson. You can follow him @easyEKasales or email ethan@onwardstate.com.

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