Chris Godwin was selected by the Buccaneers in the third round with the 84th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. During Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, he had his first three career receptions which went for 44 yards in a 34–17 loss. In the regular season finale against the New Orleans Saints, Godwin caught nine passes for 111 yards and a touchdown as the Buccaneers won 31–24, earning him NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Godwin finished his rookie year with 34 receptions for 525 yards and one touchdown.
Godwin suffered a torn ACL during the Buccaneers’ 9-0 loss to the Saints in Week 15 of the 2021 season. After successful knee surgery in early January of 2022, the receiver would return to action and finish the 2022 season with 104 catches for 1,023 yards and 3 touchdowns.