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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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  1. 1

    georgehicks

    I think when Tampa is on the clock.Things will be wild, I think trading down and get mult pick thru the draft But we shall see in 3 weeks.Go Bucs

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    Horse

    Don’t see what you see in Glennon. If he was worth a 2nd rounder why didn’t we play him more in 2014 and not draft a QB or trade down in 2015?

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    1. 2.1

      jme0151

      I’ve said that all along Horse….I think our fans see Glennon as a stud when he really is just OK as judged by the rest of the league. If someone offers a 3rd round pick I think Buc’s would deal him now. Just don’t see it happening.

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    2. 2.2

      WiltheBrewer

      Horse, Glennon will be a good starter for a team that has a dominant D.
      Part of the reason people think the Bucs could get a 2nd Rd pick for him is because of what Osweiller got w/ less than a full season as starter.
      (Actually, which NFL QB couldn’t have played for Denver and won the SB that day?)

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    3. 2.3

      76Buc

      Because we had clueless coaches.

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    4. 2.4

      kino

      We all know Qb is the most important position in the NFL by a long long shot. Every Gm out there knows they could spend six 2nd and third round picks trying to find a very capable backup . Glennon is not only a capable backup he is a capable starter . Glennon is going to fetch a second all day long and I predict the Bucs will not trade him unless they feel he will be a big part in them getting an additional first day pick……….. When a starter in the NFL goes down and more times than not an incapable backup comes in ,it is a loss for the whole organization A to Z . Everything that an organization does from community to stadium to merchandise to tickets is tied to winning on the field. That’s how important a capable back up is and one that has really good stats as a starter behind terrible offensive lines is easily worth a second. If the Bucs can get him signed for say 3’years 23 million with about 14 million guaranteed he is instantly worth a first and could easily fetch a first with a new deal agreed upon with a new team. The top couple back ups in the NFL are easily worth 7 mil a year , I know that sounds crazy but think about it ,everything A to Z including organizational careers are at the hands of the backup Qb.When called off the bench a backup qb is the MOST important employee in an entire organization ( including the owner) ,up until he’s back on the bench and he’s probably not in the top 250 positions in the organization. Again Glennon is easily worth a second !!!

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    nitey

    People need to stop talking like that comp 3rd rounder is a ‘real’ third round pick. It’s basically a high 4th rounder. All the comp picks are at the bottom of the round, so their value really should be measured as the round below. JMO.

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    BucWild02

    I think Glennon is a good team player and has made the most of his opportunities while maintaining a positive attitude in every bad situation he’s been thrown into. He is being coached by the 3rd head coach and system in 4 years! He was Schiano’s guy. Schiano loved him as a high schooler and wanted to coach him in college. Glennon should have been given the chance to compete for the starting role when Lovie was hired, but Lovie wanted to bring in a bunch of high priced free agents including Josh McCown to put his stamp on the team. That move precipitated any chance of Glennon getting a real chance to compete as the starter, especially when Lovie named McCown the starter as soon as he signed him that March. PR has put up Glennon’s statistics and they are very comparable to Osweiler and NFL teams know you can trust Glennon to put the team first. I don’t know how he is still a Buc to be honest, but I am glad he is. If he stays another year, great. If the Bucs can get a 2nd rounder for him, that seems fair. I mean, what QB in the second round of this years draft gives an NFL team a better chance to win this year or even next year?

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    1. 4.1

      Horse

      I didn’t know Osweller was traded for a 2nd or 3rd rounder? What 2nd or 3rd round spot was it?

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      1. 4.1.1

        WiltheBrewer

        I believe it was FA- but 4yr, $72mill is fairly substantial

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  5. 5

    scubog

    I typically prefer to draft as early as possible and am reluctant to trade down to acquire more opportunities to select theoretically lesser talented players. Thus, a date with one cheerleader is better than two girls who play in the band.

    That said, with there seemingly no consensus on the top ten players, I’m led to believe it’s because there are a lot of players with similar grades but few, if any, stars at the top. When Carson Wentz is at the top of the QB class and two other mediocre passers could be taken in the top ten, the talent level must be weak.

    If that’s the case, it would seem more logical to me to trade down because the player we could take at # 9 may not be any better than the one’s available at # 15 to # 20. Thus, if the cheerleader squad is made up of average looking girls, maybe those two flute players start to look pretty good.

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    1. 5.1

      macabee

      I say start at the flute players and work your way all the way through the reed section! lol. Ahhh, so many years ago, but such good advice! lol.

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      76Buc

      Actually, I always preferred flutist to cheerleaders:)

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    martinii

    Well said scubog!
    After last years draft where the Buc’s cleaned-up with a top QB, 2 solid OLmen. and a potential pro-bowl MLB, I think we can get one, maybe 2 worthwhile additions from this weak draft. At 9 I believe we can get a solid tackle, a good WR or CB and a good rotational DE. I think 2016 is all about improved solid coaching and better use of the talent we have on board.

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    fredster

    While the cheerleader analogy is funny it doesn’t really hold true in the NFL draft. Trading down doesn’t mean you always trade worse.You can pick at 9 and totally whiff and get a bust. You can pick Quon Alexander in the 4th round too. If Trading down actually makes sense hinges on so many different factors no way to tell now or by us armchair qb’s if it’s good or bad.
    Also Glennon is a good backup. One of the better ones. He will never be a good or great starter IMO. His footwork sucks and he has no mobility. Camparing him to Osweiler? Maybe stats are similar but to me Oswieler has more upside and can move better. Maybe no second round QB picks are better suited to win now for a team, but there are second round picks in other positions that can really help a team now. I just don’t see a team giving a second for him unless really desperate.

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    1. 7.2

      scubog

      Well, you never see anyone trading down without compensation for some reason. Except the year the Vikings ran out of time. That’s why I said, “theoretically”. I think we are all aware that the #9 player isn’t guaranteed to be better than the #15th. But folks want the earlier pick to have more of their targets available to them. In this Draft I think there a lot of similarly talented players with but a few stars; so whether he is selected at #9 or another at #15 it’s not much different.

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  8. 8

    BIG SERIOUS

    i like the idea of trading down and getting more picks. from the success of last years draft i think with more picks we have more shots at getting quality players to help the team especially in the first 3 rounds. I believe with our current staff where ever we select in the 1st round we will select a major contributor for 2016. So if we trade down with say the Rams #15 and pick up their second (#45) then trade down again with lets say the Jets #20 and get their second (#51) i would not be mad at all because i am confident we can get 3 key pick ups with #20, #39, #45 and #51 and if my prayers are answered and we can get Denver’s low second which is truly a 3rd add #63 and our 3rd #74

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    1. 8.1

      georgehicks

      Well BIG SERIOUS: Here is my replyI say this Tampa Bay traDE DOWN WITH lA Rams for No#15(1050) 300 pts left then take LA 3rd rd(210) and LA future 4th rounder in 2017. ThenTampa trades Mike Glennon to Jets for their 2nd or 3rd RD.. Then Tampa would have the ammo to get more players Then TB has #15(LA) #39(TB0 51(nyj) #74(tb) #76(LA) and a few more picks A win win sistutation

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        BIG SERIOUS

        im cool with that also i think with Licht turning in the cards the more pics the better

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    e

    I’m surprised that Hargreaves is back in the conversation if certain players weren’t available on the board. Bucs are not high on him and then they are… I guess that’s to be expected. You don’t have to smoke screen when you have the first pick, but when you’re #9, let the games begin!

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  10. 10

    knight

    Awesome flute analogy!! LoL. I’m the trade down guy and couldn’t have put it better myself. In Licht we trust, more picks for the meat head!!

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    1. 10.1

      scubog

      I’m glad you got the flute reference. Maybe some others would have understood if I had the ladies playing a piccolo.

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  11. 11

    knight

    Ps draft the LSU LB IN THE 4th PR, stick to your guns

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