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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

    georgehicks

    Well Scott Reynolds how are you doing! I agree with you on the trades down in Rd-2. What the big Shocker if Tampa stays put and gets Mariota instead of winston. Can you Imagine all the fireworks. How much would Glen fetch now. And of course the Martin trade. Tampa could get one of the two offensive lineman they thought they couldn’t get! Why not! Remember Joe Montana he was a mid round pick!Hum!!!

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    savinlife4alivin13

    Love the trade back mock draft except the 4th round 109 pick. We need DE really bad! What about Trey Flowers or D. Smith from Kentucky there.

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    georgehicks

    Well Scott; I like every pick you made even Jameis Winston. But I want to ask how far will Cam Erving get drafted! Mid-1st or low 1st. Would Tampa trade up to get Erwing! or stay where they are!

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    1. 3.1

      DCGoth

      This is what I would like to see. I think a trade up for Cam Erving would benefit the team more than trading back.

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    pinkstob

    Fab 1: I agree 100%. Even when Schiano was the HC with a different scheme I never saw how the combination of Barron, Goldson and Foster was going to give us a good pass defense.
    Fab 2: Even though I’d rather have Drummond from Michigan State I don’t mind upgrading our FS position with one of these guys. I’m not familiar enough with any of them to say whether they’d be good choices or not.
    Fab 3: I’m in favor of trading down in the 2nd round, but not that doggone far down. Spot #60 is too low. I’m more in favor of trading down about 10 spots and just picking up another 4th rounder and be done with it. The guy we want with our original 2nd round pick could still be there 10 spots later, but at pick #60 he’ll definitely be gone. We can get the additional 3rd rounder from Glennon. I also don’t like the idea of picking up such low 3rd and 4th round picks and I don’t like Sambrailo. He’s too weak.
    Fab 4: Not much to say on this one.
    Fab 5: Well, I’ve said from day one the Glazers will be the reason we end up selecting Mariota. I’m not putting too much stock in the mock drafters (I lit into Bucky Brooks) which is why I didn’t comment on the PR story that Mayock moved Mariota ahead of Winston, but Mayock’s a highly respected draft analyst so I fully expect his opinion to have a domino effect on some other mock drafts. If you want the Bucs to draft Winston and want the court of public opinion to be in his favor I’d be more worried about trivializing his words than Charles Robinson’s.

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    1. 4.1

      DCGoth

      I can’t really agree with the take on Mayock. He is definitely fun to watch; however, his rankings, from year to year, are often so far off the mark that they are laughable.

      His 2014 QB rankings are the most recent case in point.

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    Bayside4Life

    You cannot discuss playmaking safeties in this draft and not talk about Michigan State FS Kurtis Drummond. Best ball skills in a college safety that I have seen in a long time.

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    Horse

    Good Article Scott. I don’t see us trading our 2nd round pick because there always seems to be a player that fell because some kind of minor issue that was projected to go in the middle to late 1st round.

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    Bucmeister

    Scott one of your better articles. I have been pounding the drum for trade downs, we have to many holes and need more picks. I know its silly season, but some interesting items are popping up. MS Glazer may or may not have any input, but it is an issue that will need to be addressed. One writer/expert compares Winston’s mechanics to Stafford’s. And finally, the one which caught my attention most, was the Winston attorney saying Winston has first round talent, but his maturity level is not that of an NFL player. That is scary considering the source. Which leads me to one final trade down. Number one pick to Philly for picks in 1st, 2nd, 3rd rounds in 2015;1st rounder in 2016; and Bradford (interesting sidenote, read article where they said the Eagle’s stores are not selling Bradford jerseys until after the draft).Trade gives Bucs good picks,a quality QB if he can stay healthy (or he can be traded for probably first or second round pick) and a extra first rounder next year. Add that to your trades and they might be on to something.

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    1. 7.1

      SCLOBERNOCKER

      Winstons lawyer came back and corrected that statement. He was saying that no rookie is ready for it before the symposium. Says jameis is “more ready than most”.

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      1. 7.1.1

        Bucmeister

        After he said it and it got into the press what were you expecting him to do but claim he was misquoted and taken out of context. I stand by what was originally stated (and intended), Winston is still very immature. Yes he is a good football player but he is not prepared to be the face of a team and its leader off the field.

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      DCGoth

      You can’t put any stock in how the media will warp a comment into fiction.

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    EastEndBoy

    Nice review Scott. I personally have issues with trading away 1st and 2nd round draft picks (unless it is to capture a bounty of more 1st and 2nd round picks like St Louis did with Wash). I think the stats bear-out that the odds of a player providing a meaningful impact to a team (starter, then backup, then practice squad) diminish exponentially with every round. Our own history of anemic drafting reflects this…other than Mike Williams as a 4th rounder (who at least started for us for a few years) and Zuttah, it’s hard to think of any meaningful post-round 2 picks that have contributed much beyond spot duty (and not exactly spot duty of note). I think the odds of us at least getting 1 player who is somewhat competent with the 34th overall pick are much much better than trying to win the lottery with even 5 more tickets later in the draft…

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  9. 9

    deeznuts

    Why is Keith Tandy not getting consideration for starting FS? he has had table scraps for playing time and still come up with 4 INT’s. I always thought the Goldson signing was too much for a 29 year old coming off a superbowl appearance. Barron could still play here; he’s a box safety with pad-cracking tackles just not a centerfielder (I’ll never forget him crushing Jimmy graham, RG3, Steve Smith, and mike Tolbert). I absolutely hate the Conte signing- this guy is on the wrong side of highlight films. I like stevie brown (FS) who is a veteran free agent with some speed; he had 8INT’s for the giants a couple years back.
    My mock draft:
    1, #1 QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon)
    2, #2 LB Stephone Anthony (Clemson)–> he reminds me of young Patrick Willis the way he shoots gaps and makes tackles with authority in the backfield. He also had the game sealing INT against Ohio State and Braxton Miller in the 2013 bowl game. This guy can MOVE too.
    3, #1 DE Danielle Hunter (LSU)—> Fastest DL at the combine- just happens to be built like Hercules. 6’5″ 255lb with 4.55 speed and long arms
    4, #10 [STL] RB Langford (Michigan State)—> this guy has speed and runs angry. As an avid ohio state fan, this guy was our #1 key on defense the last couple years.
    5, #26 [Bal] OG John Miller (Louisville)—> if he drops this far its a great value pick for a plug and play guard, needs to improve strength in closed quarters but that can be coached
    5, #32 [NE] OG Jamil Douglas (Arizona State)—> great feet and quickness for an OG, is not very tough but has the weight room strength
    6, #8 [STL] OT Larry Gibson (VTECH)—> needs to add upper body strength but has the feet and athleticism to be a backup LT, project player
    7, #1 C Nick Easton (Stanford)—> strong+stocky, can pass protect

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    1. 9.1

      georgehicks

      Well deeznuts: I thinks off the fir=eld issuses are much more serious then the bucs are saying! I haVE BEEN SAYING ALONG

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    macabee

    20 days until the draft, I can wait! No more what ifs for me. In just a few days I’m going to know what is! In the meantime, you guys have fun!

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    1. 10.1

      Buctebow

      Macabee…No, say it ain’t so! What if the Bucs nail every pick?

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    Buctebow

    So many needs, trading down to fill more holes makes sense on the surface, but the caveat is can the choices from those extra (lower) picks actually play at an NFL level? 1st and 2nd rounders are SUPPOSED to be automatic starters. Playeres from pick 60 on are certainly a lot more iffy.

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  12. 12

    Uncle Stan

    The Winston media machine is in full swing. It’s unbelievable!!!. In 60 years+ of watching pro football I have not seen this much media hype since Mamula- How did that work out?

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  13. 13

    e

    There’s another story out there about Winston’s lawyer who was saying that he doesn’t think that Winston is ready to be a pro off of the field… I just wonder if all of this stuff is devious misdirection to try to shake the pick loose. Steady as she goes… Mr Licht. e

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    1. 13.1

      cgmaster27

      Jameis was also in Tampa at a mike alstott charity event. I’m sorry but unless something crazy happens I think Jameis is a 100% lock. I’ve never seen a player at a charity event for a team before they were drafted.
      As for winstons lawyer, he said most aren’t ready to go pro. Of course the vultures will run with it but oh well.
      As for the pe mock draft above , I love it. Although getting cam I think would be huge.

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        e

        I think I’m still shell shocked from the Barron over Kuechly pick a couple of years ago. I’ve learned that this is the Bucs and the solid and steady course to the draft is not as common as I would like it to be… I did also note that Scott was saying that New England is one Tampa’s “favorite trading partners”… I think this is something that should be looked at. New England is possibly the best managed franchise from head to toe over the last couple of decades and part of their success, I’m sure, is to look for… lets just say… less effectively managed franchises to take advantage of. Hello Bucs. I think the Bucs would be better off not wheeling and dealing with the kings of the NFL, IMO. They take our talent and win a lot of games and hoist the Lombardi and we scrape the bottom of the barrel and seem to be rebuilding every other year. OH, sorry for the tangent. I’m a Denzel Perryman fan for the 2nd round, but would love to see Cam & maybe another OL in the third as well. But, turning this pirate ship around in the era of the “no QB- no dice” league starts with the selection of Winston. But, I’m not as confident at Scott at 95% chance and Mark at 90%. How can I be? I’m a Bucs fan. e

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    Buc-Up

    I remember on draft day when we took Baron. Mayock said his ceiling was a Pro Bowl Safety and his floor was a Pro Bowl Safety! I was pissed when we made that pick, but felt some comfort aftwr hearing his analysis. My original thoughts were correct!

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      e

      Ha ha… That’s right!

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    KINDERRT

    We can only hope that the Bucs have improved their scouting dept. Not having Dominik and Hickey making the decisions was a step in the right direction. This will be L&Ls first draft with a full year of working together and with a revamped scout dept. Hopefully they will have a successful draft and find a few diamonds that can get a second contract.

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    scubog

    While I would not consider trading down from the first overall pick and would be somewhat reluctant to trade down very far from the 34th spot; I would strongly consider trading down from the top of the 3rd round since by that time there are several players who have equal ability from which to choose. I’m waiting for fans to start concocting ridiculous trade scenarios whereby we put together a “package” of relatively worthless players in an attempt to bamboozle another team out of valuable draft picks. But we did once get a first round choice for Craig Erickson. Glennon is just as good…….right? We could sweeten the deal by throwing in Garret Gilkey. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.

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    fredster

    It didn’t help our safeties not having a pass rush last few years either. I think Lynch had more going than being a big hitter too. He had a nose for the ball. I agree would like to see safety with better ball skills I guess. I just wonder if they will have much different results with this D line. Bucs haven’t done anything really to make it better. The rules have made it easier for offenses for sure. Add in a pass rush that stinks and any safety will struggle IMO.

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    matador

    Please, no 5-9 CBs and 5-10 WRs. The game has changed and is played on a higher plane. Another RB would only be an admission we blew that pick last yr, the compounding effect of bad decisions. Safety just isn’t enough of a need for us to waste a pick on this yr – we aren’t going to the playoffs next yr, we need to be building for the future, with 8+ year linemen. At least PR – finally – came around and put two OLs in the early rounds.

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    matador

    Just finished watching FFCA on the two QBs. Interesting that Winston admits to staring down receivers, and to forcing the ball into his favorite WR. That ain’t gonna play in the NFL, the DBs and Ss will be all over those tendencies. There was no chance of LUck being a bust when he came out, but neither of these QBs is worth the #1 pick, you can envision how both of them could disappoint in a major way. Trade down.

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    1. 19.1

      cgmaster27

      I’d have to disagree as every player has a chance to be a bust. Personally I really like Luck , but think he gets a bit too much love for being Luck. The guy is absolutely terrible in the playoffs and has thrown an average of about 14 picks a season. Any other QB would be skewered for those numbers.
      AS for WInston staring down his receivers, he did no doubt, at leaste he admits areas that need improving and knows what to work on. We can’t pass on a QB this draft. Either one we take we have to take one of the two. We can’t win with Glennon and that’s been proven already.

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    fredster

    Im sure I’ll get heat for how stupid this post is, but….Matador I feel same way. If neither qb is best player in the draft or a slam dunk like Luck was, then trade down. Yes I fully agree Gkennon is not the answer and we need a franchise qb. Do we need the franchise qb now this year though when we have so many holes to fill? I say trade down and load up on O line and D-line. Maybe a safety or WR too. We may not be going anywhere with glennon, but let’s face it we aren’t going anywhere this year with our O line or D line and glaring other needs. Likely take more than a year to fill the crucial holes we have. I just don’t have a great feeling about either QB taken 1st overall. I’m 95% sure they will take Winston though.

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    scubog

    Newsflash! All young QB’s tend to stare down receivers and seek out their favorite target. The kid was a redshirt sophomore, only in his second year. That’s one reason why I used to prefer drafting QB’s who were graduating seniors. But nowadays these guys come out as soon as they are eligible. Of course ours are typically focused on the defender closing in to pounce on him and are staring at the sky.

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