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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

    surferdudes

    Oh please Bucs M.M. is so great take him!! Nice try Ken, we’re taking Winston, so if you really love the kid, he’s all yours.

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  2. 2

    macabee

    Put your money where your mouth is……Go ahead and draft him! See you in October!

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  3. 3

    jongruden

    I met Whiz several times he is a great person thats all I can say, ha

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  4. 4

    pinkstob

    Not that it matters since I strongly believe the Bucs are taking Mariota, but I think the Titans plan to draft L. Williams no matter who is on the board. It’s the same thing the Bucs are doing, just talking guys up in hopes of creating trade value while still getting they guy they want later. If it doesn’t work out, just take the guy you want with your pick. I think the Jaguars will be the first team to make this work. I see the Browns using their picks to trade into the 3rd spot for a pass rusher.

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    1. 4.1

      cgmaster27

      Here you go pink, just to show that in fact the glazers are on board with Mariota and Jameis.
      It’s up to Lovie and Licht now.
      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/03/24/joel-glazer-says-buccaneers-are-comfortable-with-jameis-winston/

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    2. 4.2

      jongruden

      Pink- You are one stubborn man, you ignore all the signs pointing to Winston being the pick simply cause you personally don’t want him, “signs”? you say, lets review Dirk Koetter is the hire, I have known him since ASU and he likes a verticle passing game not a short bubble screen type of offense-adv Winston, After combine first qb to be flown into Tampa visit-Winston, Hometown guy to drive up tix sales- Winston, Better NFL Arm- Winston. Leadership qualities- Winston, I can go on but you still won’t care as your still convinced its mariota (sigh) on draft day come one here and say “I’m totally shocked right now at this selection but I will be a Winston guy from now on” I too love Mariota I have watched him for three yrs up close etc I love his game, he is electrfying type of player and has a better arm than given credit for but his leadership and on field presense is lackluster and thats not what inspires people, Freeman same way. Give me the confident, cocky, arrogant, Winston cause you might not like his swag personally but young men love it I am around football up close all yr round and those guys are the leaders who players will follow.

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    3. 4.3

      bollocks

      I’m with ya Pink on us drafting Mariota. There are just too many things involved that point to Mariota. Lovie’s type of player and “person”…no OL,Mariota can buy time Winston can’t plus Koetter can install a fast paced quick strike scheme. For everyone saying Winston doesn’t have any detractors…Jaws says he’s noticed things in Winstons game that worry him and he wouldn’t take him at 1.

      I was wondering…Is there anyone here besides maybe me and Pink that sees the “air” of entitlement that surrounds Winston’s head like a cloud?

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    KINDERRT

    That picture makes MM look like a 100 LB. weakling! Nice try Whis, I’ll take Winston.

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    macabee

    Before you can play in the NFL, you gotta be able to call a play in the huddle. If Wiz is a nice guy, he and the rest of the coaches should stand aside and let Mariota fall to Chip Kelly at 20 where he will have a chance using sideline cue cards. See the ESPN video for yourself.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/

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    psymun

    All I’m reading is “We don’t want Mariota with the 2nd pick, someone trade with us!”

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    1. 7.1

      Iabucfan

      psymun, you nailed it!

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    cremdonado

    this is a two part smoke screen- they want folks to think they just MIGHT grab Mariota as folks have been talking picks 3or lower is all that’s needed to move up to snag Marcus. The second is more of a personal protection screen for Wiz- in case they stick with Metts-his-face and he s**ts the bed- Wiz can be on record saying they should have considered MM…

    Or they think Tampa is dumb enough to be eating all the MM hype and draft him instead of JW,leaving the titans with AirMcNair 2.0 in Winston…

    Nice try, didn’t know weed was legal in Tennessee…

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  9. 9

    Horse

    Ken, being a salesman is not in your future.

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    surferdudes

    Pink it’s O.K. you think the Bucs are taking Mariota, but if you think the Titans would pass on Winston, you’re losing me. I’ve enjoyed, and agreed with a lot of your posts, but I can’t understand why you’re disagreeing with just about everyone on this. Winston is hands down the best QB in this draft, maybe the best since Luck. That’s not just my opinion, but every so called experts opinion. Yet you believe he’ll fall past the Titans? Mac, I mentioned the video you posted in another post. Brutal to watch,the kids going to need at least a year behind an established QB just to lead a huddle. Not saying he can’t, or won’t be a good pro some day, but Winston is light years ahead.

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    1. 10.1

      wnb0395

      Surferdudes, I agree with you that the Bucs are going to take Winston because he looks like the better QB. Im not saying he is going to be but it appears that way. Mariota may end up being the better QB. No one knows right now. Just because everyone says winston is better doesnt mean his is better. Everyone said Ryan Leaf was going to be a great QB and him and Manning were almost equals. We all know how that turned out. Who would have thought Tom Brady would end up being better then Bledsoe. I just hope what ever choice the Bucs make is the right one. Only time can tell.

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  11. 11

    stlbucsfan

    Ken will show us how much he meant this statement when he drafts someone else or trades the pick. I dont like the Leaf and Peyton comparisons bc people forget that Winstons ability to dissect plays is actually considered to be on par with Peyton, that was not the case with MM. Pink I admire your ability to stand firm to your belief despite the mounds of evidence to the contrary. Go down with the Titanic bro!!

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    1. 11.1

      Roland

      Winston is talked up by Jimbo. The same one who sold many on JaMarcus Russel.
      Fisher is a good coach, but a better recruiter, He does that by getting his players drafted high.

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    Gulfstrings

    If Titans want to start their incumbent then taking MM at #2 would be a bit of a waste. However, if they really like MM then this would be an ideal situation for a rookie. He could sit for a year or two …

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    KINDERRT

    It is amazing that people or so called experts that get paid for evaluating talent have been wrong on so many evaluations. I recall Mayock saying that Barron will have multiple pro bowls. His ceiling was unlimited! Kiper knows as much as me and that isn’t much. They are basically talking heads but the team’s have scouts that are no better. The draft is nothing more then a glorified crap shoot. If you are lucky you get a winner, if not, you put more money down and try again. This is the year the Bucs better be lucky or it will set the franchise back another five years, insert Freeman here.

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    georgehicks

    I am thinking that id all these so call teams want to move up! to get this qb. I think Tenn loves this guy.Pick him then the other teams will go after the no#3,4,5 &6 qb’s in this draft. And if they do that. Then Tampa and Tenn may be able to select other players that may not be there when they select. It’s a WIN,WIN SISTUTATION FOR BOTH TEAMS. GO BUCS. MAYBE LOVIE SMITH AND TENN COACH MAY MOVE PLAYERS TO HELP EACH OTHER!

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    Bucmeister

    None of us know what is going to happen. This time of year we can’t believe anything you read, especially from some of these writers and bloggers. No one saw the Barron pick coming, same here. What we read may be accurate, but the chances of it being BS are just as likely. Just enjoy the discussion because we are all guessing and putting our wishes out there, no facts just wishes

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    1. 15.1

      Roland

      No one saw the Barron pick coming because it was to silly to predict. 12 better FA Safeties and Dom’s takes a safety that high. Crazy.

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    2. 15.2

      Buctebow

      I will say that I was surprised and not happy when Barron was chosen, it made no sense to me at the time.

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  16. 16

    Roland

    Yes Mariota is faster, smarter, stronger, classier… well everything better then Winston, but Winston played in Florida.
    And we are the Bucs.
    We will take Winston. The Winston who they all admit Lovie/Light/Scouts didn’t eat right maintain his fitness or hit the gym, BEFORE he was a millionaire. The same Winston who played with superior talent then his opponents and superior coaching, yet threw a pick every 280 yards…
    Or we could draft Mariota who has a shot at the HOF.
    We are the Bucs… Well at least until London gets our franchise post the Winston debacle.

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    1. 16.1

      cgmaster27

      A shot at the hall of fame! Thanks for the laugh, you can’t say that about any qb coming out, especially a guy who struggles with the simple act of calling a play in the huddle. And how many times are you going to post the same two statements about interceptions and winston being out of shape? After the 5th time we all get the point.

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    georgehicks

    Guys why don’t you give the great Debate on who is better Winston or Mariota! What If Tampa goes a different direction and gets several draft picks for the number One selection. Tampa could go afer another young QB in the later rounds and select another Veteran QB to run the team until the young QB is ready. Tampa bay didnot have that bad of a team. If Tampa plugs up the offensive line holes and the defense gets better. And if Tampa get a #1 extra pick in 2016. Maybe Lovie Smith may go after Connor Cook from Mich State next year or another young QB. Lets not run to any conclusions. Lets see what happens.What Veteran QB are available still. The veteran QB from SD,& Saints.I’m just putting it out. Another thing what if Tampabay trades down mult times and get a slew of draft picks in Rd-1,2,3 &4. Remember Buc fans Tampa already has 8 draft choices.GO Bucs

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    Buctebow

    Don’t believe anything until the draft and then not much after, as everyone claims to have made the perfect picks because of their superb strategy and got exactly the guys they wanted and that they are all future HOFers. I just want the draft to get here, as the debates are getting stale.

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