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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

    macabee

    I’m one of the few people that predicted the Sims pick after the Bucs brought him in for a private workout last year and I still support that pick. He started to show his potential late in the season and I believe he will be even better if we improve the O-Line.

    And likewise I’m going to predict that the Bucs go after a big back that is also elusive in the open and has good hands. My prediction is ROUND 5 – RB Matt Jones/UF – 6-2, 231, 4.61. Why? Because the Bucs just brought him in for a private workout.

    I jest about the significance of the private workout, but I got no inside source like PR. lol.

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    alldaway

    This is a deep RB draft so drafting a RB is a good choice. However drafting another RB in the third round would show the Bucs FO lacks understanding of value.

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    georgehicks

    Well Bucs Fans-Everyone can put there two cents in. Has anyone heard of Draft Tek.com. This gives you everyone how they rank and computer will project who each team would select by reach or value.I have Tampa selecting Rd-1 Qb Jameis Winston,Then in Rd-2 OT Cameron Erwing in Rd-3 DE Lorenzo ETC. The other players I have is RB David Cobb from Minn or RB from Auburn.You see what I mean. Regardles of what Tampa does.They must select a QB,OT,DE,RB &DT go bucs

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    1. 3.1

      Buctebow

      Why, because it’s logical, or what you want? How about a MLB? The Bucs have and will surprise fans with their picks, it happens every year.

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    Buc on the Move

    Running back in the later rounds wouldn’t hurt my feelings, but we have got to build the O-line. I’ve been saying it for the last few years that without an O-line, all the skill players in the world can’t get much done. Though the game experiences some changes through the years, this precept holds true. The battle is most often won in the trenches. Forgo the flash and instead lets mash and bash….

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    surferdudes

    How about an FSU trifecta? Winston, Cam Irving, Tre Jackson! Whatever they did after that I would be Happy.

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      macabee

      Hey surfer,
      My old PR mock! lol.
      Macabee’s 2015 7 Round Mock Draft V4

      ROUND 1 – QB Jameis Winston/ FSU – 6-4, 230
      ROUND 2 – C/OT Cameron Erving/FSU – 6-5, 320
      ROUND 3 – ILB Stephone Anthony/Clemson – 6-3, 243, 4.56
      ROUND 3 – (Trade for Glennon) OG Trae Jackson/ FSU – 6-4, 330, 5.52
      ROUND 4 – WR Chris Conley/UGA – 6-2, 213, 4.35
      ROUND 5 – RB Matt Jones/UF – 6-2, 231, 4.61
      ROUND 5 – FS Justin Cox/Miss St – 6-1, 191, 4.36
      ROUND 6 – OT Laurence Gibson/VTech – 6-6, 305, 5.04
      ROUND 7 – TE Jean Sifrin/UMass – 6-5, 245, 4.84

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    fredster

    Waste of time worrying about RB until O line and D line are fixed.

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    1. 6.1

      Uncle Stan

      Agree 10,000% Not gonna happen though as long as Lovie is here

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    Buctebow

    I would be ok with a big back, but please not until after we fix the Oline., or it will just be a waste of a pick. I would take a shot on Gregory if he falls, but that was one stupid move on his part that is going to really cost him big money. Blowing the biggest day of your life that you have worked toward all your life…when you knew the test was coming…fairly incredible and really makes you wonder about him. Hey RR, How about putting up a Bucs Mock and a PR Mock side by side?

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    Buctebow

    PR, not RR….

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    flashgordon

    How to manipulate the draft . . . if you want a passrushing dt, look for a bigger de; if you want a faster passrushing de, look for a linebacker . . . a couple of names that could be intridueing are Hau’oli Kikaha, and Zach Hodges.

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    1. 9.1

      flashgordon

      If Zach Hodges can make the transition to De, you have a pat swilling De. Well, he’s not a base De. Or, he’s another Jacquies Smith.

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      76Buc

      Flash, been a fan of yours for 50 years and I love what you’re saying here. Small and fast, They’ll get bigger in the gym.

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        flashgordon

        Hi 76Buc, I’ve certainly known about flashgordon since young in the 80s/90s; but, I’m not sure If I’ve ever seen any flashgordon shows! I got the nickname from some guy in junior high; it was because of my running and my long hair back then, which use to stick out the sides!

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    pinkstob

    Fab 1 through Fab 3: Sounds good to me!
    Fab 4: Yeah I didn’t want Clayton that year either, I wanted Steven Jackson. I never liked Pittman as a runner and we already had a couple good WR’s so I remember throwing a fit on my couch in college when the pick came in. That year was actually the first year I really paid attention to the process leading up to the draft and watched it instead of just reading later who we picked. I was looking for immediate help thinking at the time we still had a team that could contend for the Super Bowl. I did however want Cadillac in 2005 and he represents the last 1st round pick that we used on the guy I actually wanted us to draft. Hopefully it proves to be a once every 10 year thing and we take Mariota in 2015.

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      flashgordon

      1998 was my first year following the draft; it was on an aircraft carrier; I remember the Raiders drafted Charles Woodson and skipped Randy Moss. They also drafted Fb Richie, Og Mo Collins, some other o.k. guys in C Gennaro DiNapoli, Te Jeremy Brigham, and Lb Travian Smith. Travian Smith never really developed; the others had little athletic potential anyways(Jon Gruden would exhibit this pattern of drafting these unathletic o.k. college players with the Bucs).

      An interesting player that didn’t get to see the light was Dt Leon Bender. He fell the Raiders in the second round because of health concerns; within a week of getting drafted, he died of a heart attack!

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        flashgordon

        Looking back over previous Raider drafts, I recall things back to 1992 with Safety Patrick Bates, and then the media made a big brew-ha-ha over BigAl drafting Lb Rob Frederickson. But, I never really watched the draft till 1998.

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    tourman

    Holy Hog BBQ is one of your big advertisers and you’re touting Smoking Ace’s??? What’s up with that??

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      Scott Reynolds

      Smokin’ Aces BBQ is also an advertiser and it was their turn for a little promotional love from PR. We’ve done the same for Holy Hog BBQ.

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    Horse

    Another good Article Scott. You really shine in doing your drafting homework. I’m for going for quality players as much as possible except this time I see the need for the QB and then the DL.

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    underdog

    The 3 things Lovie did right in 2014 was drafting Mike Evans, A.S.J. and Charlies Sims. In 2015 if Lovie finds some way to fix the o-line you will see why they drafted Charlies Sims. He will be the starting R.B. come the beginning of 2015 season. I just hope Lovie can get lucky again in the draft. What scares me is luck runs out in time. And with that #1 pick am worried. But in the second and third rounds he has a chance to get some really good talent.

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    flashgordon

    I really don’t think we need to draft another Hb; we have Sims and Bobby Rainey at minimum, plus James as a good special teamer/backup(with excellent pass blocking skills).

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    1. 14.1

      flashgordon

      I’d call this smoke!

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    Uncle Stan

    “The team’s running game was hindered by poor offensive line play”

    But he, so far, is not doing enough to correct the problem. Draft the best RB and they will be garbage if you have no OL
    Predict same thing will happen to Peterson if they bring him in here with no OL fix.

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    cbrady2k

    The only runner that could have had any success in that disgrace which was an offense last year was perhaps Barry Sanders. The team ALWAYS ran between the tackles on first down in a 1 score game, ALWAYS. Never play action, never a toss or a sweep, ALWAYS just ran it between the tackles. The other team would have 9 people on the LOS and the Bucs would just run it right up the middle anyways and be shocked when they got perhaps a half yard gain. The OL was bad, but the playcalling was worse.

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      76Buc

      Sanders would have been dog meat. I never saw anyone lose as much yardage from the line of scrimage as him. Then he would break an 80 yarder and all was good. Last year he would have had no 80 yarders.

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    frankbuc

    its 2015 not 2014 FYI yall in reference to FAB 1

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    buclover1988

    We have learned that you can never have enough running backs. They may be a dime a dozen but drafting ones that make sense I’m all for. Zenner, Cobb, Johnson. Those guys are power backs that can tote it 20-30 times if really needed and they can be found in the later rounds. Unless Gurley somehow slips to us in the second round which I’d be dumbfounded if that happened…we can find a solid rb in the later rounds and be just fine. But it won’t matter unless we get an ol. I still wanna know how the developement of kadem Edwards and Kevin pamhile are going SR. Bc I know I’m very intrigued by his power and bull dog playing style.

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    buclover1988

    And I’m talking Edwards power and bull dog playing style. Pamphile of course is athletic and so is he perhaps someone who could see considerable playing time in 2015? What says you Scott?

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    buclover1988

    And I’m talking Edwards power and bull dog playing style. Pamphile of course is athletic and so is he perhaps someone who could see considerable playing time in 2015?

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    scubog

    There are many more needs on this team than O-line and D-line. Unless we are looking at a Pro-Bowl caliber player at a given position, it’s a need. We’re condemning the possible selection of a running back yet the collection we have is only mediocre and not much better than that less than mediocre offensive line. At linebacker we have Lavonte and a bunch of cast-offs behind him so doesn’t that qualify as a need. At defensive back we have a somewhat respectable group but no one who is considered a star player. At wide receiver our two starters are quality players, but after them not much. Tight end seems to be a position of lesser need because of the potential of ASJ. Our kicker looks to be a rising star, but our punter looks to be in decline and we don’t have a returner to make us sit up in our seats. I surely hope the best player at #34 is a starting caliber RG or DE and the top player regardless of position on the Bucs board. But take the best player and only if it’s a toss-up, lean toward offensive line. Point is, we have many many needs, just some a little greater than others. Wouldn’t bother me to have another all offense draft. Be nice to score some points once in a while.

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    KINDERRT

    What worries me is, for the last ten+ years the player I liked in the first round was never selected by the Buc’s. This year I like Winston, hopefully my choice will be selected this time around or this draft will be bust for me.

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    ehinote

    Sorry guys but Sims is not going to cut it as an every down back. He needs to work in space like the spread offense he came from in college. He is not going to consistently run north and south thru small holes. The Bucs will try to make him this type of back but that’s not him. He’s got great hands and instincts as a receiver out of the backfield and is a perfect fit for a third down back, but Rainey is our most talented third down back if he stopped fumbling and they used him. Sorry, this isn’t going to happen.

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    1. 23.1

      buclover1988

      They arnt looking at simms to be an every down back. And how do you know he won’t run north and south consistently? He was hurt all last year so for you to say he won’t with very minimal proof tells me that your just making an assumption. I went back and watched some highlights from sims’ 2013-14 season and he shows that even though he Jules, he still wants to get up field and use his 4.48 speed. Sims also is a fantastic threat out of the back field as a receiver. He’s got the tools to be a big contributor, regardless of if he’s the “feature” back. He needs a compliment power back that can carry it 20-30 times. But it was already noted that the bucks said Sims isn’t going to be relied on to be the feature guy so idk why you are trying to sell that Sims isn’t the guy.

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        ehinote

        Buclover1988- sims needs to be a “complimentary” back. It’s not an assumption, it’s an evaluation.

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        1. 23.1.1.1

          buclover1988

          I was talking about you saying he doesn’t run north and south. However you put it, that evaluation of him is wrong.

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    plopes808

    I wouldn’t mind picking up a RB but hopefully not earlier than the 5th round. After QB we should be taking the highest rated OL/DL round 2-3, maybe a quick slot receiver/returner rd 4, then 5+ we can pick up BPA

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      plopes808

      As I said in another post, our improved offense will give the defense time to rest. Fresh defense will lead to improved pass rush with the current talent on the roster

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        cgmaster27

        Makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Our defense was constantly on the field last year with our never ending three and outs.

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    SOXX

    How about Mariota and then WR Nelson Agholor in the 2nd? We then could start our own cutting edge Offense.

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    BucWild02

    If the Bucs take a RB in the draft, then they should take Tevin Coleman from Indiana University in the top of the second if he’s still available. Check out his highlights : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r32w8hF9PTM

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    1. 26.1

      buclover1988

      This guy is a stud. I watch big ten football religiously every year, being a die hard Hawkeye fan and I can honestly say He is the only Indiana player that I’ve ever wowed at and said “who the #$&@ is that!?”

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    artpac

    I hope the Bucs aren’t the last ones in the league to know that RB’s are always overrated. If we draft one in the 6th or 7th round, that is fine. But another 3rd rounder? No way. Martin, Sims, and Rainey would be fine if we had an OL and a real offensive game plan. Hopefully that comes this year.

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    Bucko40

    If the Bucs are going to have to manufacture a pass rush again this year then It’s going to be another very long season.

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    EastEndBoy

    Thanks for the article Scott, but it didn’t fill me with hope. 1) Sims??? – seriously?? Take away this guys 1 medium-sized run and 1 medium-sized catch and his numbers are abysmal (you can’t be a starting a RB with under 3 yards per carry). The guy showed me absolutely nothing last year that even glimpsed “special”. 2) how about draft a new OLine – RBs can be had in UDFA (or heck we already have a gaggle of them). 3) “manufacture a pass rush”…I think that’s been the plan for the last decade…how’s it working out for us? 4)I’ll give you kudos, they are well deserved. 5) Sam is “just another guy”…we already have “just another guy” playing DE…we need someone who can actually get sacks. As for Gregory – saw him play against Wisconsin, or rather should I say couldn’t see him because he was absolutely invisible on the field…his free fall may have a little to do with “on-field” stuff too…

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