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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com

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    jongruden

    O-Line is not the issue with the Bucs we still have an adequate starter in Dotson for another yr, please no more Staley possibilities, if anyone I mean even the casual Bucs Fan even knows we need defense and there plenty of high grades on players at corner and DE to draft, just no more “let Martin go and draft a rb, draft a O-line tackle” stuff its irratating

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      Horse

      Jon, where are you hearing all this “let Martin go and draft a RB”? The only way Martin will go is because he opted to go to a team for a salary higher than the Bucs were willing to match. If there is one of the two top OL sitting at spot 9 and 3 of the top DL are gone and 2 of the top CB’s are gone, why not consider an OL which would set us solid for years to come?

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        scubog

        Because JonnyG’s philosophy is to draft players to fit missing pieces/positions on an imaginary game board rather than picking top talent. Those who think need is paramount over actual ability convince themselves that whichever DE or CB we would draft is better than what is on our game board and that selecting a position, such as an OT to replace an adequate, but not great, game piece isn’t how they want to play the game. Sooner or later, that Draft approach leaves one with a board full of lesser pieces. Of course having a targeted need at a position is a factor when the GM is on the clock, but needs change. This year a few teams at the top need QB’s. None appear to be in the Winston, Mariota, Luck or Newton class but that won’t stop a team from taking one with his fingers crossed while passing on a franchise OT or CB. Fun huh?

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          jongruden

          Scu- there are about 3 DEs and corners rated high in this draft so we need to grab one of them that fit our top priorities, OT isnt one of them

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          jongruden

          Scu- we are drafting at #9 esearh where DE’s and corners are pojected to go and you will see we are in line to grab one, tell me how drafting a RT to upgrade from a C to a “possible “A” benefits us when we had the last ranked defense in the league I’m ready to hear you out and learn, ha

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            wnb0395

            SCU is right, we need to draft best player available not need. Drafted need over talent never works out. I know I have used this example before but back in 06 we drafted need over BPA, we took Gaines Adams over A Peterson because we had Cadilac Williams and his ROY season prior. We all know how that turned out. We just need to draft BPA whether its a Tackle, DE, CB, or even RB.

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            scubog

            That’s what I said at all JonnyG. Yes, in this Draft it’s entirely possible that at the 9 slot there’s a DE or CB worthy of that choice. But if there isn’t one worthy, you simply don’t force picking the position(s) and pass on a player who does warrant being top 10. You have your philosophy, and I understand it. Heck, every mock draft is need driven. Some, like Mel Kiper, throw geography into the equation.

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        jongruden

        Horae in prior articles fans have said let him go we can draft Elliot at #9

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          Horse

          Jon, I agree with you picking a RB at spot 9 would be strange even if Martin isn’t resigned.

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      jme0151

      Top tackles never fall. How often are u at the top of draft?? Like Horse said, If Stanley is there and 3 DE’s are gone then you grab the second best tackle in the draft.
      Me thinks Martin will be resigned.

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        toofamiliar17

        “Top tackles never fail.”

        Man, sure could have fooled me. Here is every tackle taken in the top 10 picks over the last five drafts. I’ll ignore last year, since it’s far too early to judge any players who were just drafted.

        Greg Robinson (huge bust)
        Jake Matthews (solid, but nothing special so far)
        Eric Fisher (good player, but really rough his first two years)
        Luke Joeckel (has struggled badly so far)
        Lane Johnson (very good)
        Matt Kalil (huge bust)
        Tyron Smith (great player)
        Trent Williams (great player)
        Russell Okung (great player)

        So out of 9 guys drafted, we have 4 that are very good to great, 3 that are clear busts, and two that are somewhere in the middle and could ultimately fall either way. Oh, and exactly none of the great ones have come in the last three drafts.

        The idea that OTs are “safe” picks is, I think, pretty clearly more myth than reality. There is ample risk with amateur players of all positions.

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          pinkstob

          I agree Toofamiliar17.

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    flashgordon

    Keith Marshall has plenty of highlights for 220 total yards.

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    toofamiliar17

    Man, that’s an insane combo of size and speed for Marshall. I honestly don’t know a thing about him other than what I just read. That’s pretty crazy, though. For those familiar with speed score, his is 125, which is elite. There’s a lot of debate that’s worth having over how useful speed score actually is in predicting NFL success, but it’s still impressive nonetheless.

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      macabee

      Hey Guys,
      It’s my friend toofamiliar from Bucsnation. Glad to see you at PR. The more opinion, the better the dialogue. If you’ve been here before and I missed your comments, sorry , but good to hear from you now!

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        toofamiliar17

        Hey bud. I’ve been here before. I was actually here before I was at BN. It’s just been a long time.

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    georgehicks

    It seems that their was some late bloomers.

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