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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

    76Buc

    Of course you have to take the BPA. When drafting in the 1st round an especially in the top 10 you cannot afford a miss. That’s why this franchise has sucked for most of it 40 years of existence. They went defense in FA and defense is deep in this draft so they will be fine.Of course if both Bosa and Tunsil fall to 9:)

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    scubog

    Best player except QB.

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    martinii

    It’s hard not to agree with Mark Cook’s argument about BPA, especially if its Tunsil, but what if it’s Zeke Elliott or Like scubog suggest a QB? I think it has to be defensive line preferably pass rusher. I agree the top 6 picks with exception of 1 & 2 are virtually unpredictable. Finally it would be nice if Kenny Bell turned into that receiver and return man we hoped he would be. Go Buc’s

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      bizkitlimped

      they already addressed the issue of it being a qb or running back…they mentioned that certain positions where there isn’t a need like RB and QB are taken out of the pool of players they have for that specific round.

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    macabee

    Follow the draft board! You’ve spent months developing a draft board crafted from the players that most complete your team.

    In the 15 minute interval when you’re on the clock, to try an redo your board makes no sense to me.

    Follow the board! If the player at the top of your board is gone, pick the next available player at the top of your board. You may move up or down to get that player, but don’t abandon the plan that you put months of work into to perfect. Stay true to the plan!

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      76Buc

      Agree. BPA as I said above. QB is not an issue. A franchise LT would be hard to pass.

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    jme0151

    Starting to think trade down. Lots of defensive talent from 15 thru 31.

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    jrwilson85

    I think when you have a QB as valuable to the team as Winston it is smart to go O-line in round 1. I don’t see any way Tunsil falls to number 9. If the Bucs want Stanley they’ll probably have a good chance at number 9. Conklin (Mich St) is rising up the draft boards. The Bucs could trade down a little maybe to get him and pick up possibly a second too.

    I also like the idea of DT over DE because this defense needs more middle pressure while McCoy is in his prime.

    If the Bucs could sign Carolina’s Norman, they could look at safeties in the draft.

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      bizkitlimped

      norman signed with the skins already.

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    I agree with macabee, it is the most intelligent thing to do. This succinctly states what BPA means. Otherwise, why have your board in the first place?

    Having said that and not knowing how the Bucs have them rated I will venture this. I would take Tunsil over Bosa and Ramsey, too. As a fan I see the wisdom expounded by others that you go for a franchise left tackle when you get the once in many year chance.

    Go Bucs!!

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    bizkitlimped

    Did he really just say that he would take Rankins over Tunsil? LMAO

    I don’t understand the big love affair with Rankins. Nkemdiche is leaps and bounds better than Rankins. IF they go defensive tackle, it needs to be Nkemdiche. He is the best DL in this draft hands down. Take away his minor character concerns and he is instantly a top 10 player.

    Jason Licht has said time and time again, he will not be pigeonholed into drafting for need. He has said that if the best overall player at that particular time happens to coincide with a need then that is even better. He has signed key free agents at certain positions to allow him the flexibility to draft BPA.

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      scox17

      Picking Rankins at 9 is very much debatable and nerve recking, I get it. And maybe he shouldn’t be the pick at 9, but I’m not exactly sure one could say that Nkemdiche is leaps and bounds better than Rankins. Sure Nkemdiche is physically imposing, he’s built like a LB and is 300lbs. But outside of just looking the part, I can’t say he just blows Rankins out of the park. He doesn’t do it from a statistical side (Nkemdiche: 2014-15 TK:43 TFL:10.0 SK:5.0; Rankins: 2014-15 TK:111 TFL:26.5 SK:14.0) and he was slightly better at the combine. (Nkemdiche: 6’3 294lbs 10yd split: 1.72 40:4.87 Bench:28 Vert:35.0; Rankins 6’1 299lbs 10yd split: 1.74 40:5.03 Bench: 28 Vert:35.0)

      I’m just saying that’s a very bold statement but there insn’t much there to support it at the moment.

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    There are a couple of exceptions to be considered when looking at BPA. If the hands down BPA is a QB (which you don’t need) or a DT (who is BPA for the 3-4, but really OK but, not outstanding for your 4-3) then you either hope to trade down or you take a hard look at the next guy down on your board.

    Go Bucs!!

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    georgehicks

    Iam going to give my view before I listen to the pewter report. I believe that Tampa has a plan, I have to say remember movie Draft Day. Tampa is at no#9. I believe that Tampa should stay at no#9 Pick at no#9. But if Tampa could trade down a few slots and pick the same or another player at #15 I would do that and pick other picks at Rd-3 and Rd-4 or five. I would do this Pick one of these players @15,Dt Shelton Rankins,Wm,Jackson,Vernon Bulter or Kenny Clark DO IT. iN rd-2 i WOULD GET xAVIEN hOWARD, nOAH sPENCE or Miles Killebrew, In Rd-3 I would get De Matt Judon and Shon Coleman. This is what I would do in Rd-1 thru 3.

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    magoobee

    Mark you can be the GM of our team. Scott, maybe we can make a spot for you in the scouting department.

    We will take the BPA or trade down…no reaching.

    BTW, Scott NFL.com now has the Bucs taking Rankins.

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    1. 11.1

      macabee

      magoobee,

      I’ve been following mocks all day and at NFL.com the NFL Live mock has the Bucs taking Joey Bosa. lol. And at NFL.com mock draft central every single panelist (6) have the Bucs taking VHIII.

      I’m not doubting that you saw a Rankins pick at 9, but I can’t find it. As a matter of fact, I’ve been following mocks since January and I have never seen one single mock pick Rankins at 9 except PR.

      Could you provide a link please, this one I’ve got to see! lol.

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        magoobee

        macabee,

        Bottom Line: I cannot figure out how to get back to where I saw the nfl.com mock draft with Rankins at #9

        Here is the back story. After listening to Pewter Pulse on Saturday Night, I decided to research the number of OL top 10 picks that were busts. Wanting to prove that drafting an OL men is safer than other positions. That lead me to sites I had not ever been to and I started exploring and viewing mock drafts they had or had links to. All of a sudden a Mock comes up with Rankins at #9 and I remember Scott say, “No publication had Rankins #9 but them”. I looked up in the corner and saw NFL.COM. My plan then was to go back to Pewter Plus and leave the above comment (and I probably would have included the link). But pewterreport.com was having issues and would not let me leave a comment (no one else had either). Frustrated, I went on to something else.

        Another Bottom Line: I should have saved the link but didn’t. I will remember next time to save links of importance. My apologies.

        I also saw Rankins going in the 2nd round (#34) to Dallas. DOH. I could find the link for that.
        http://www.sbnation.com/nfl-mock-draft/2016/4/11/11402030/2016-nfl-mock-draft-dallas-cowboys-sheldon-rankins

        Bosa at #9, nice. I guess the 6 panelists in the room were Bozos.

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          macabee

          No apologies needed! I do the same thing. I’m all over the internet and can’t remember half the stuff I read. Good luck on your picks in the draft!

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    Garv

    The Pewter Pulse WORKS! Best Buccaneer video cast on the net. We have local guys covering our Bucs who dig deeper than any national sports reporters.
    Kudos PR!
    I also concur with Mark in going BPA at nine. NO reaches in the first two possibly three rounds. This team is on the verge of something special. LOVE the Kwon story, his Hardy/Sapp like intensity and love for the game. Well done and MORE!!!!!

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      Mark Cook

      Thanks Garv! Appreciate the support and kind words.

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    BucWild02

    Who you take at #9 depends on the philosophy of the team. If you want to be a team that runs the ball first, controls the clock to keep the defense fresh and the opposing offense cold, and plays good special teams to control the battle of field position, then you may value offensive linemen more and would be crazy to pass a premier run blocker up at #9. If you want a more balanced team that can put up points in chunks, then you need some explosive plays on offense and turnovers on defense. In today’s NFL, and going against the NFC South, I think the Bucs would be better off bringing in players who can shut down the other teams explosive plays and create turnovers. The offnsive line is fine with the addition of Sweezy and the development of Pamphile. I would love to see the Bucs get Rankins, Nkemdiche, and Oakman. Pipe dream…maybe, but I think that would create trouble for opposing teams most.

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    JayBuc52

    Very much enjoyed the discussion on whom to take with the no 9 pick. This is the one thing I miss from the printed version of PR. The centerfold was always the point/counterpoint.

    For my part, you can never pass on the opportunity of drafting a left tackle in the draft. You can’t get those guys in free agency for a reason. They don’t come along that often. You can always get a defensive end later and develop him. Dotson and Cherilus are up there in years. Imagine drafting a left tackle to go with Smith and Marpet. Along with Pamphile, the line would be set for years to protect Winston.

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