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Mark Cook

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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    georgehicks

    Well today is match28th 2016. a month away. The way yhe Veterans Free Agents went. I think Tampa is in a great position to select great players in each rounds. Look at our last sevearl mock drafts. They will be hits and misses. There are a lot of sleepers in this year drafts.Looked at the teams that got caught Tampering Like NE, Kc in 3rd Rd!, Atlanta lost a draft choice also. So I believe Tampa can select players in round or trade up or down in Rd-1 ,2 and Rd-3. Tampa can even have a better draft this year then last year.Tampa could have mult picks in rd-2 and rd-3. We shall see-Go Bucs

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    TAMPA23

    What is the chance they take the pass rusher out of Georgia floyd at 9

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    drdneast

    I don’t have anything against Rankins. but so far PR has the DT being drafted by the Bucs much higher than the NFL Network that has him at a very low 1st round pick or early second round pick.
    Whoever they grab, I hope it’s on the DL. We need to get to the QB and knock him around like the Broncos did to Newton.

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      jme0151

      Exactly drdneast. Pressure is the cure all for a defense.

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    Horse

    Thanks Mark. As to your short Twitter questions, which I hate, at least it gives some of us the opportunity to kick the can some more about them. Q1; schedule doesn’t mean squat except for the coaches pre preoporations. Q2;We’re not going to wast a 3rd or 4th round pick on him when we need DE, afety,CB,TE,OL,Wr,LB,RB help Notice no mention of DT? Q3;Please provide us the schedule since it was important enough to ask and answer. Q4; So far PR is it placing Rankins anywhere near the Top 10 Picks. My question is did a birdie tell you about it? Q5; Of course it’s worth it if he pans out which I believe he will. Any good OL is worth much more than a RB in today’s NFL. We overpaid for Martin, but we had the money to waste anyway. Go Bucs! I hate Twitter!

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      jme0151

      Still not a fan of twitter chat and to few questions.

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    Horse

    Sorry about the grammer, I forgot to check what I typed

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    pinkstob

    I for one wouldn’t mind spending a 3rd round pick on a kicker as long as it’s Aguayo. The most accurate kicker in the history of Div-I football is worth it since to me the kicker is the 2nd most important position on the team. Our kicking game has cost us at least one game every year since we won the Super Bowl. I’d love to not have to worry about that position for another 15 years. Can any other 3rd round pick in this draft class make that claim?

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      e

      Especially if they pick up an extra 3rd with a possible Glennon trade…

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    2. 6.2

      cgmaster27

      Great point Pink. Especially considering the extra point move back is permanent.

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      Iabucfan

      I also agree, pinkstob. I thought we had the kicker issue settled last year with Bridza, until he imploded. Tampa will be in a lot of close games. So a reliable kicker is essential. Ask the Colts/Patriots about Vinatieri. Ask the Patriots about Gostkowski.

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      DrT1066

      Martin Grammatica was a third rounder. He made a difference of about two additional wins a season. Not saying a kicker should be at three, but…

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    WiltheBrewer

    I’d be happy to use that 3rd round pick somewhere else and bring back Murray. He had a good rookie season- 2 of the ‘missed’ FGs were basically people coming thru unblocked at the line of scrimmage. Plus,he can tackle if need be

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      scubog

      Murray is back on the roster Wilt.

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    Horse

    there’s no guarantee that a very successful college career automatically transfers into a great NFL career. I hear you Pink, but we have other needs. many a field goal kicker bites the dust in the NFL. Very few ever put in more than a few years.

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    DrT1066

    Martin Grammatica did a great job until the Bucs ruined his leg trying to lengthen his kickoffs

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    Horse

    If you remember something effected his kicking and not about to say what it was on a web site just. Think what else was going on with him.

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    owlykat

    I am with you Mark on taking Rankins if he is there as the 9th pick. With Rankins as our first pick and in tandem with McCoy will give us plenty of QB pressures and sacks from the inside and then we already have big DEs who can stop the runs outside and tackle the QB when he is flushed out of the pocket.
    We already have some decent speed rushers in Smith and Jones who could play outside LBs in our DC’s three four with Rankins at nose and our big DEs on the outside, so we could wait to the third round or so for a promising DE for our Defensive Line Coach to groom. Get Neal in the second round for a punishing Safety who has the speed to cover deep and also can come up in the box and is a great tackler. Trade Glennon for a second round pick and use it on a fast WR with good hands and durable to take Jax’s place when he retires. Use Grimes on the number 1 receiver and Verner on number 2. Draft a FB with the fourth pick! Use fast and experienced Tandy who played CB at WVa to back them up if needed. Can you just imagine having both Alexander and our All Pro WLB as our inside LB’s with Smith and Jones as our OLBs in the three four described above when our opponent is facing us on third down and long and we blitz our inside backers and pinch inside with our big DE’s and loop Smith and Jones around the outside of their tackles and Rankins splits their double team and is also coming right up the middle. Grimes and Verner first push their receivers off their routes inside five yards and blankets them thereafter. I can see a lot of three and outs against that alignment and give us shorter fields for our potent offense to score and more time for our running game to wear down their DL.

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