PewterReport.com is beginning a new offseason feature, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Mark Cook answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. @TheGlenAndree @PewterReport #PRMailbag All the talk about Bosa and Hargreaves, but Jameis and Jalen Ramsey already have chemistry. Wouldn’t that be better?
Answer: I think a lot of media and fans would agree that would be great for the Buccaneers, and maybe even the organization thinks so, but the question becomes, how does that happen? I have little doubt that if somehow Ramsey were to fall to No. 9, the Bucs couldn’t turn their card in fast enough, and Jason Licht would dive in his pool, even if he is wearing his most expensive suit. But I just don’t see that happening. I go back to past drafts, and the price teams were asking to give up, for what would most likely would be a Top 5 pick for Ramsey, and it is awful steep. I mean Chip Kelly wanted Marcus Mariota something fierce last season, and offered up quite a bit to get to No. 2, and the Titans didn’t budge. I am just not sure the Bucs would be willing to give up what a team would want. And there is no way to guarantee you would get Ramsey unless you traded up to the overall No. 1 pick, or you made a deal while on the clock. Even if say you made a deal with San Diego at No. 3 prior to the draft, you still risk the Browns deciding they prefer Ramsey over one of the available quarterbacks. While that isn’t likely, it is still a possibility.
Question 2. @MrCervon @PewterReport #PRmailbag With draft deep at DL, would Bucs be better off going CB in 1st then doubling up at DL in 2nd and 3rd?
Answer: On paper it sounds good, but without knowing exactly who the Bucs like at No. 9, it is hard to say. And it will also depend on how the eight picks ahead of theirs plays out. If they have Vernon Hargreaves and Jalen Ramsey targeted, and both are drafted before they pick, and then the next cornerback on their own board is ranked in the 20’s, then I think it would be foolish to reach with the the No. 9 pick. When picking this high, and the Bucs don’t plan to pick in the Top 10 again in the near future, I think it would be a mistake to reach based on need.
Question 3. @thunderchunkyPA @PewterReport #PRMailbag With so many questions on this years DE’s in the draft, could the Bucs fill that hole in UFA ?
Answer: I do expect the Buccaneers to at least explore the defensive end market in free agency, but I am doubtful they sign any of the big name guys like Olivier Vernon, Malik Jackson or Muhammed Wilkerson. And it isn’t because these players wouldn’t improve Tampa Bay’s defense, but most likely, if they actually reach the open market, their asking price could outweigh their production. Of course, when I hear that reasoning, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. At some point, with the rise of salaries, a 7.5 sacks per year player, will also be a $12 million dollar a year player. So if you feel someone is going to make a significant improvement to your football team, and if you have to “overpay” them, so be it. Sure, I understand what might be considered overpaying could upset the dynamics of the pay scale inside the locker room, but winning a Super Bowl is the goal, and whatever it takes to get there is fine by me.
Question 4. @adamandlaura24 @PewterReport #PRmailbag Do you think the Bucs will roll out an alternate jersey this year? All pewter or a new orange would be awesome!
Answer: I would love to see something throwback related rolled out this season, but I am not holding my breath. As a person who grew up and started watching football in the late 70’s, I miss the old orange. And the ugly Bucco Bruce. And The Rockford Files. And Valerie Bertinelli. And … well you get the picture. Those things are part of my childhood, and I think it is terrible that the organization and the league doesn’t figure out a solution to capitalize and celebrate their past. It was disappointing, to me personally anyway, that Doug Williams was inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor this year without the team in their throwbacks. And yes, I understand all about the safety rules and helmets and whatever else reason given for it not happening, but I can’t imagine the team and the league and the players union couldn’t come up with some sort of solution.
Question 5. TB_Bucs_4Life @PewterReport @Rickelodeon23 is there a chance Bucs take CB at number 9 and get a late first round pick to get Ogbah?
Answer: I am assuming you mean trade back up to get Ogbah. I definitely could see the Bucs going cornerback at No. 9, and then start heavily exploring a way to move up to get a defensive lineman, but after his performance on Sunday, I think Ogbah might have moved into the Top 20 or even higher and that might be too steep a price to pay to get back up. However there could another lineman or target, and we’ve seen Jason Licht already make some creative moves to get where he wants when targeting a player he wants. I will add, I also wouldn’t be shocked to see the Bucs move down in the first round this year. All options are on the table for the Bucs in April.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey Mark, since some of us old war horses like me, and well “Horse” who don’t give a sheet to tweet won’t ask questions that way, maybe do some follow up. You know who ever does the Monday mailbag, pay a bit of attention, and maybe answer a few more questions. Like I’d like to know if there’s been any word on the indoor practice deal? Are they building one, and will it be ready for camp? Thanks for the consideration.
Surfer…..I don’t tweet either and leaves you out of the conversation. Like Horse, I prefer the Friday chat more. Lots more questions answered and greater access for posting questions. Just saying!
surferdudes, right with you. These are dull questions. Lets get to some other questions other than the basic dull ones. Here’s one for you Mark? Realistically what is Glennon trade value if we want to move up from Spot 9? Can we get to Dallas spot at 4 and draft Jalen Ramsey; heck I’m also willing to also give Dallas a 4 this year or 3 next year too? Comments please.
I too am in the par of trading up for Ramsey, he’s really the only guy I’ve seen at this combine outside of a few guys that really garners a top 10 pick. i Think we would have to trade up to three to get him though. Trade Glennon , our first rounder this year, and a second rounder next year. But that probably won’t be enough. I’m not sure what the Bucs do at this point. There is ZERO chance Ramsey is there at nine so maybe they trade back.
Right with you Horse. All depends on what it would cost to move up though. Could be way to steep as Mark suggested.
Yesterday and today I watch a whole bunch of players, and this is ehat I would do. with no#9 I would trade down to mid pick then I would pick a good DE that may drop. Pick up a no#2 pick and a no#4 pick then Tampa would select a DE in Rd-1 back to back CB and a Safety. Then in Rd-3,4,5 get the best players available and then pick mult rd-6 for backup, plus re sign Martin so team can keep him to finish out his career at Tampa.
George, I hear you; the only concern is there are other teams who would like to trade down too. This is a good draft if you have a couple 2nd, 3rd, rounders, but most teams aren’t in that position. What I am trying to say is there is not much demand to move up, but more demand to move down which means we get less for moving down.
George, I like that scenario a lot. Move back and draft Ogbah while picking up an extra 2nd and more. I think it would be to steep to move up in 1st for Ramsey although I like that idea to.
3rd surferdudes since Horse aready 2nd. I’m old enough that twitter just isn’t happening for me, and would submit a question if an avenue as old fashion as email were available. Not in love with Ramsey, and wouldn’t give up Glennon or picks just to draft him. It is nice to have faith in our GM that they will draft well however they play their hand.
I have a bad, bad feelin’, Billings will be off the board when the Bucs draft at 9. They could go with Rankins, or there could be a surprise Ot drafted . . .
One thing is for sure . . . the Bucs can only solve(meaning fill in completely) either the Dline or the Oline in this years draft. They should probably look to free-agency to solve one, and then use the draft to fill in the other. Worry about the other positions next year.
I would rather clean all the bathrooms in Grand Central Station with my tongue than get on Twitter. It’s like walking into a bad bar filled with Panther fans.
50 years ago, I was in the Boy Scouts and reading the posts here it made me think of all the old guys who have yet to embrace social media. Maybe this will be helpful fellas! lol.
macabee; identify theft is my concern. I don’t do Facebook either. I’m not hiding anything, but too many people want to collect personal data and I’m not willing to help them take what I have worked hard to accumulate during my working years. I think you’ll find there’s quite a few of us enjoy finger pecking at the keys on our desk top computer or on our droids/Iphones/Lap Tops. It’s a privacy thing for me and Twitter is just another club that I choose not to join.
Just kidding Horse. My wife feels the same way. I’m limited. I only do Twitter and only follow 8 people, Schefter, Rapaport, and the local media guys. Just Bucs info that’s all. I provide no real info and use no passwords that make any sense. My avatar says it all. lol!
I believe there is a demand for Glennon because he is just as good as the QB’s in this draft so I would use him for a trade. I understand we might get as much as a 3rd rounder next year if he signs elsewhere, but there is no guarantee we would get that much.
I think we might just be stuck at our Spot 9 and we’ll just have to decide which position and player we want and it is what it is.
So far speed doesn’t seem to be much available in this draft. We’re finally seeing now how far the amount and quality of kids who are actually playing football in high school has dropped. We saw this in basketball several years ago and now it’s football where a parent or parents don’t want their kids to play in contact sports; neither do the kids either because they have all their electronic games to act out for them.
I like your avatar macabee. I didn’t vote for the village idiot in either election and as a President, he was about as competent as Frank Drebin, but he wasn’t an evil man.
Ha-ha drdneast! But back to football…
Agreed, the Twitter only thing is a bit annoying. As to the draft, it’s nice to have the DL coach working with all the guys-that could be good to get some more in depth perspective… So many more options this year v. last- C’mon Licht!!
It’s like that song about “When a hoe was a hoe and crack was a joke”. Twitter used to be what your heart, or something else, did when that cute cheerleader bounced up and down. Ahhh, those were the days.
I’m seconding, thirding, and fourthing previous comments about questions on Twitter. Seems that PR could put together answers to some of our general posts after each article. Regarding the draft, if the Bucs stay at nine, I’m good with either DE Spence or CB Hargraves (so?).
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