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Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com

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  1. 1

    e

    1 Vernon Hargreaves / 2 Vonn Bell

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    jongruden

    Well PR selected Rankins again for a 5th week in a row coming to Tampa, when every expert in the world has Hargreaves coming to Tampa. In a deep class of Dt’s I don;t see a big difference in these tackles they each do something well I mean Rankins or Kmdechi? You can make a agrument for both who is a better prospect. I for one want William Jackson III we will see in 24 hours, but PR if and when your wrong don;t brag how you had mentioned long with 100 possibilities you had that guy in your Bucs Best Bets article

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    1. 2.1

      scubog

      As you might say, “hysterical”.

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      1. 2.1.1

        jongruden

        scu- its “hilarious” not “hysterical”

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    toofamiliar17

    Really hope you guys are wrong about our pick. As for DT being our “top need”…..I’m sorry, but that’s utter nonsense. We have an all pro at one DT spot, a guy who pulled 5 sacks and played really well in his last healthy season at the other, and a mid-round pick who’s developed nicely as a backup at DT. Could we use more talent there? Sure. But it’s really not even close to our BIGGEST need. That’s ridiculous. DE and safety are all unquestionably more talent bereft. I’d argue that WR has one star, another star who’s officially well into his decline and in the last year of his contract, and a handful of question marks behind them. The most DTs you ever have on the field at once is two, and we’re easily 3 deep there. You can have 4 WRs on at once and will often have 3, and we’re maybe two strong, with a handful of promising but questionable guys behind them. Again, DT isn’t even close to our top need. Any argument claiming that is way off base, IMO.

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    1. 3.1

      ColoBuc

      Agree 100% with toofamiliar. DT far from biggest need.

      That said, I’d still be fine with Rankins. Never have too many playmakers inside on DL. Would like to see Bosa or Jack before Rankins, assuming no trade up for Ramsey.

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    2. 3.2

      pinkstob

      Makes sense.

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      1. 3.2.1

        pinkstob

        ….although like ColoBuc I’d be fine with Rankins if he is the best player available.

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    3. 3.3

      jme0151

      We need help all over the defense…even strong side LB. One draft won’t fix this defense so get best defense players available at each pick.

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    4. 3.4

      BucWild02

      Disagree with you toofamiliar17-BIGTIME. Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence, and Gerald McCoy were all hurt last year(and every other year). You mention that only two of them are on the field at one time maximum, but that is really a minimum and they have to rotate to stay fresh. You could have 3 on the field at one time in short yardage or hybrid defenses. Spence is also in a contract year and McDonald is 29. The Bucs lost Melton, Bowers, and McDaniel amongst others. At DE they have Ayers, Gholston, Smith, Johnson, and JOnes. They are definitely all set at DE. Same with CB where they have Grimes, Banks, Verner, Adjei-Barimah, and Robinson. The biggest need is CLEARLY DT. I would bet they take minimum of 2 and possibly 3 DT’s in this draft.

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    5. 3.5

      76Buc

      BPA all the way.

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  4. 4

    creamsicles

    thanks toofamiliar. I read top need and almost choked.

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  5. 5

    devasher

    Scott, are you ok? Has the mini-camp and draft been too much for you? Are you working on no sleep for 5 straight days? Those are the only reasons I could think of that would justify you writing that DT, the position manned by Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence is the Bucs biggest need. Did the sleep deprivation cause you to forget that Robert Ayers and Will Gholston can both play from the DT position on passing downs? If so, please think of your health and get some sleep!!

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  6. 6

    grafikdetail

    cleveland wants to trade back plus they run a 3-4 which isn’t a good fit for bosa… the cowboys & jags are the only other teams in the top 9 that run 4-3 defenses… if they don’t snatch him, i think the bucs get lucky and bosa is sitting there at 9!!

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  7. 7

    Dy-nasty D

    I’d love a DT in the top couple of rounds, but could we possibly draft a real NT this time? When has having two one-gap guys ever worked?

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    scubog

    Why do we keep talking about “need”? Is talent not a consideration too or are we just attempting to fill in the spot on a puzzle for which we see a hole when the piece may be hidden under the box?

    I have no idea what Licht and the staff will do tonight. What I want them to do is take a player at #9 who is worthy. If no player is or if a similar player can be had farther down, then move down. Don’t pay a Corvette price (# 9 pick) for a Cobalt player.

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    Brandonges

    If Myles Jack is still on the board at 9, I really hope Tampa doesn’t pass on him. I don’t care if LB isn’t a need, Jack looks like a transcendent player. Getting the best player in the draft at nine would be a steal.

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    WiltheBrewer

    As long as DE, DT, and secondary are addressed early, there can be a # of good combinations-BPA works for me… Trade down w/ TN, and get an extra 2nd round pick. Trade Glennon and a 2nd Rd pick to Denver, and move back up into end of 1st. ?
    Licht and crew will get it done again!!

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  11. 11

    pinkstob

    Overall I think this is a good mock draft SR. I could see Hargreaves falling and I’m glad you finally put E. Elliott before our pick. Here’s my take at a Mock Draft for the 1st round. No sense commenting on other Mocks without allowing others the opportunity to do the same. I encourage everyone to post their Mock Drafts here so we can refer back to them years from now and perhaps discover trends.
    ———————-
    1. QB Jared Goff
    2. QB Carson Wentz
    3. DE DeForest Buckner
    4. DE Joey Bosa
    5. S Jalen Ramsey
    6. OT Laremy Tunsil
    7. RB Ezekiel Elliott
    8. LB Myles Jack
    9. *Trade with the Titans* OT Jack Conklin
    10. OT Ronnie Stanley
    11. QB Paxton Lynch
    12. DT Sheldon Rankins
    13. CB Vernon Hargreaves
    14. LB Darron Lee
    15. *Trade with the Bucs* DE Emmanuel Ogbah
    16. DT Jarran Reed
    17. ILB Reggie Ragland
    18. *Trade with the Cardinals* CB William Jackson
    19. OLB Shaq Lawson
    20. OLB Leonard Floyd
    21. OLB Noah Spence
    22. OT Germain Ifedi
    23. WR Laquon Treadwell
    24. WR Josh Doctson
    25. S Keanu Neal
    26. OT Taylor Decker
    27. *Trade with the Browns* Connor Cook
    28. OG Cody Whitehair
    29. *Trade with the Colts* C Ryan Kelly
    30. CB Eli Apple
    31. QB Christian Hackenberg

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      pinkstob

      I read today that Myles Jack may need another knee surgery sooner rather than later so I think I’ll move him down a bit. Changes are in BOLD.
      —————–
      1. QB Jared Goff
      2. QB Carson Wentz
      3. DE DeForest Buckner
      4. DE Joey Bosa
      5. S Jalen Ramsey
      6. OT Laremy Tunsil
      7. RB Ezekiel Elliott
      8. OLB SHAQ LAWSON
      9. *Trade with the Titans* OT Jack Conklin
      10. OT Ronnie Stanley
      11. QB Paxton Lynch
      12. DT Sheldon Rankins
      13. CB Vernon Hargreaves
      14. LB MYLES JACK
      15. *Trade with the Bucs* DE Emmanuel Ogbah
      16. DT Jarran Reed
      17. LB DARRON LEE
      18. *Trade with the Cardinals* CB William Jackson
      19. ILB REGGIE RAGLAND
      20. OLB Leonard Floyd
      21. OLB Noah Spence
      22. OT Germain Ifedi
      23. WR Laquon Treadwell
      24. WR Josh Doctson
      25. S Keanu Neal
      26. OT Taylor Decker
      27. *Trade with the Browns* Connor Cook
      28. OG Cody Whitehair
      29. *Trade with the Colts* C Ryan Kelly
      30. CB Eli Apple
      31. QB Christian Hackenberg

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    magoobee

    There are 7 Quality players in the draft and 2 reach QBs. So the Bucs should either get a quality player or be able to trade down to pick while exceeding the Draft Value Point Chart.

    In the NFL & ESPN televised drafts they have Bosa falling to us. Take Him.
    In PR mock, Jack falls to the Bucs. Take Him unless he is on crutches. How can you not take a guy who can rush the passer, cover TEs and stop the run?
    In many mocks, Stanley is there. You cannot have too many OT. Many think Stanley can be better than Tunsil.
    Elliot is the only one that could make it #9 and there we will have to trade down because we overpaid Doug Martin.
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    I do not see Rankins as a can’t miss because of his size. We can get Javon Hargraves 2 rounds later and the drop off is not that much. When you look at the top 10 DL players, there does not seem to be that much difference.

    Last point on why an OT makes sense. If a defensive player screws up an assignment, we give up a TD. An OL screws up an assignment, we could lose Winston.

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    1. 12.1

      macabee

      magoobee,
      I did find two mocks picking Rankins at 9 for the Bucs. Josh Norris of RotoWorld in his final mock 4/27 and The Big Lead. Never say never! lol.

      http://thebiglead.com/2016/04/27/2016-nfl-mock-draft-2/

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        1. 12.1.1.1

          magoobee

          Let me clarify – thebiglead is reasonable. Rotoworld could be the stupidest draft I have seen. Bosa, Mack & Elliot all available at our pick. Not likely.

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      1. 12.1.2

        magoobee

        This draft is reasonable but I would try and trade down if Elliot is available at our pick.

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    Horse

    All I care about is our pick is a starter from day one and we have improved at that position whatever that might be. Now after making the safe vanilla disclaimer; we have had no pass rush these past few years and it would make sense to draft DE’s because the position needs serious up grading. I’m guessing we draft 2 DE’s, 1 CB, 1 Safety, 1 OL, 1 LB, 1 RB. We have plenty of DT’s on the team who can get us by in this season.

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    fredster

    That draft doesn’t make sense in lots of ways. Dallas will pass on Ramsey to get Elliot when they just signed Morris. Would be dumb but then again we are talking about Jones here. Also Washington takes Hargreaves after just signing Norman at CB with all needs they have? Hmmm. If we pass on Jack to take a DT they need their heads examined. He’s a rare talent and unless Dr.’s say his career is over you take him.

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    SCLOBERNOCKER

    I don’t care that you think Rankin is top 10 talent.

    I don’t care that you’ve mocked him for months.

    But how do you call DT our top need with a straight face?

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  16. 16

    SCLOBERNOCKER

    Much prefer to take Jack, DE, or WJ at 9 and trade back up for Butler to fill DT.

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    martinii

    Greetings Pewter Report Guys. Finally the big day. I don’t have the foggiest idea who the Buc’s will pick. In Licht and Koetter I Trust.” Favorite first two rounds: Floyd, Ogbah, Spence, Rankins. Long shots Bosa or Ramsey. Have a Great day, Be well, Enjoy……..Go Buc’s

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    A while back I said that I did not see TB passing on Miles Jack over Sheldon Rankin if both were available at pick 9. That was based on the premise that the news in the mean time would be that he has been “cleared” medically. As of overnight the latest reports say that He may need microsurgery sometime in the future. This says to me that there is a high probability that Jack will fall out of top 10 consideration.

    As far as starters from day one, if last year is any indication then we can look for at least our first two picks to be presumed starters.

    It still appears the most favorable thing to happen is for us to be able to trade down.

    I am confident that Licht and staff will not do anything truly stupid. So I am looking for another strong draft. It does not have to be as good as last year’s apparent “grand slam” to make me happy.

    Go Bucs!!!

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    BucWild02

    How do most “fans” on these boards not realize how big a problem the depth at DT is? It should be abundantly obvious if you have watched the Bucs the last 3 years. There are 5 cornerbacks with starting experience on the team. There are 5 DE’s with starting experience on the team. There are only 3 DT’s! And all 3 are hurt every year for some amount of time!!! Do you really think Spence is going to suddenly become a game changer in his final year under contract? I hope so, but I wouldnt depend on it! Do you really think Mccoy will play every snap in every game on defense and not rotate or be injured at some point?? Ditto about McDonald who is 29? That is it folks! No one else to take their place if they get injured, suspended or get a cramp. The thoughtful reporting by PR is why this is the best site for Bucs news. Daniel Jeremiah, Rob Rang, Mike Mayock, Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, and anyone else you can think of don’t know what they are even talking about regarding the Bucs needs.

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    Caveat: My football knowledge is not “pro” level. I am just another fan.

    I have studied info from PR as well as many other sources. I rely on PR to have some of the best “insider information”. I have heard Reynolds and Cook on the radio several times also.

    There has been a lot of discussion and debate here for the last few months.

    Many national pundits have picked Hargreaves for the Bucs. PR mock drafts have selected Rankins for several iterations.(I have liked the idea of drafting “the best available DT” for Tampa Bay’s NEW scheme since PR’s first draft that presented Rankins.) Only recently have I begun to understand the reasoning for selecting Rankins at number 9.

    Assuming the Bucs have Ramsey, Tunsil, Bosa or Stanley rated much higher than Rankins and one of them falls to 9, then I do see the Bucs selecting that person. Otherwise, Rankins looks to be a very good pick based on the criteria Scott has argued.

    Go Bus!!!

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    Whoops! GO BUCs!!!!

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  22. 22

    fredster

    Bucwild02 you make some good points. At the end there you are correct Mayock and all experts don’t study each teams needs. However drafting in the top 10 do you think we take best player available and someone that’s an instant impact player or draft by need? I say I top 10 you take someone that can change games if they are there at 9.

    Also although DT is a need no way it’s a bigger need right now than DE. We have a pro bowl DT. Yes he is injury prone. We have no pro bowl DE. Hell in not even sure we have one that’s better average or can stay healthy 16 games (J.Smith). Not saying we have to take DE at 9 just saying find it hard to believe at 9 Rankins is the best player available. Now if we have several guys that Bucs really feel are comparable talents and its between say Lb and DT I’d take Rankins for sure. I just hope we have another solid draft. Go Bucs! Go Licht!

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    1. 22.1

      BucWild02

      Ayers is pretty darn good DE and he will start. Smith will start on the opposite side. Gholston has been getting better every year. Jones and Johnson are vowing to make a bigger impact. I don’t know if Bosa can beat either one of the strters out. Same thing can be said about Floyd. Same for Spence. At corner, I just don’t know how a rookie corner can unseat Verner or Grimes. I actually prefer William Jackson III and his swagger more than VH3. I will support whoever the Bucs draft, but it seems clear they believe in building it from the lines back. That means you take the BPA and that may very well be at DT. Get a couple of studs at DT and move Glennon for another 2, then add a safety or defensive end.

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  23. 23

    BIG SERIOUS

    how about we give Cleveland Glennon to jump to 8 and take Bosa if he is there

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  24. 24

    EastEndBoy

    My final thoughts ahead of the draft…
    1) the draft does not exist in a vacuum, no matter what anyone wants you to believe. The roster you have going into the draft matters when it comes time for you to pick.

    2) There is no such thing as a single BPA – there is always a group of at least 3 that could be your BPA.

    3) if you want an insight into what we’re going to draft, take a look at mini camp: a) J Smith sits out for a day and his replacement is Howard Jones…that’s not going to do when (not if) we get an injury at DE this year.
    b) our starting safeties were Conte and McDougald – the same 2 guys that got toasted all over the field last year…we have nobody better than them right now and that’s a problem.

    4) I’m not saying that DE and Safety will be our first 2 picks – although I would advocate for that – but I am saying that we will have a new DE and Safety (if not 2) starting on opening day.

    5) I am struggling to see us stay put at #9. maybe I’m just falling for all of the b-s mocks, but the value for us looks to come right before #9, or back in the teens.

    6) GO BUCS!!!!!

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    1. 24.1

      EastEndBoy

      okay and a #7)…just for the old-timers:
      7) a few guys I would love to see (any one of them) in Pewter:
      a) Karl Joseph
      b) Jalen Ramsey (who wouldn’t)
      c) Ryan Kelley
      d) Cyrus Jones

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    surferdudes

    Everyone has an opinion on who we should take, not me. For all of you who know so much about these players, I have a few questions for you. Were you at the combine, did you make their pro day, have you interviewed their coaches from high school to college, have you had a face to face with any of them, how many hours of tape have you watched, did you have them in your backyard for a work out, do you know how to work out a player? I didn’t think so. Let the meathead, and his staff do their jobs, sit back, relax, and enjoy. One more thing, don’t shit on whoever we pick before they take a snap!

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    1. 25.1

      EastEndBoy

      You sound angry @surferdudes.

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