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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 [email protected]

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  1. 1


    Feeling like the balloon inflated in round 1 has quickly lost its air

    1. 1.1


      Apparently that balloon is your head.

  2. 2


    Solid third round pick. They aren’t all going to be OJ Howard. We got a tight end, safety, receiver, all needs. People are expecting pro bowlers in every round, it don’t work that way. We picked three players the last two days from good programs. John Lennon said let’s give peace a chance. How about we give these kids a chance, let them take the field before we start bitching.

    1. 2.1


      Not a terrible player but they had bigger needs imo. How about keeping Winston upright? That matters too and our line, although improved last year, still ain’t great.

      1. 2.1.1


        If Winston has done his part by shortening his delivery, improving his footwork and his accuracy, then our line will be okay, especially with the Shlezzy (sic) back of IR. Heard that next year’s draft class will be loaded with OL (not much this year) and DL.

  3. 5


    This is a very good pick. He is a great player and for those complaining you have to realize at some point Desean is going to miss some time. He hasn’t played a full season in like forever. We needed a receiver before we were right back were we were last year.

  4. 6


    How about we keep Jameis up right? How about we get more sacks? How about we get more picks? How about we get the best of everything, in every round, every time!

    1. 6.1


      How about not having extremely unrealistic expectations?

      The draft should be all about BPA. Jason Licht selected Godwin because he was BPA. This is a draft that virtually everybody agrees is far below average in offensive line talent. There’s always next year’s draft. We could still trade for a player- after all, that’s exactly how we obtained our best offensive lineman of the recent past – Logan Mankins, in a trade just prior to Week 1.

  5. 7


    I’m so sick of people talking about or o line not being good enough, our line is just fine. We have quality players and good depth in my opinion

    1. 7.1


      Sweezy will be playing, and our young guys have another year of experience under their belts … they’ll be better, I think.

  6. 8


    I like this pick in this slot. The second round again though this year has me rubbing my temples… Evans is a wasted pick.

  7. 9


    Does anybody know Godwin’s 40 time?

    1. 9.1


      4.42 at the Combine. Not quite “blazer” territory, but pretty good.

  8. 10


    Absolutely hysterical reading these negative comments about a player about whom they know virtually nothing. I guess you people have some pipe dream that every player available throughout the Draft should be a top ten choice, with a name you recognize from your favorite college team. You then start spewing “need” because we really have no idea how a team has graded the prospects. If you somehow think WR isn’t a need, go check the current roster after Jackson and Evans.

    1. 10.1


      You knew this would happen scu. Everyone on here is a better Gm then licth apparently. Can’t even give the players a chance. I don’t judge any pick until I see them in action for a few years. We picked a ton of aggressive smash mouth defensive players which I love!

  9. 11


    My issue with Evans is that I am less than enthusiastic about our staff’s track record of teaching kids to fix the holes in their game.

    My issue with the Godwin pick is not him – I’m sure he’s a fine WR – I simply would have been more enthusiastic about Hunt or Foreman at that point (or better yet moving up to get someone better). We have at RB: a suspended substance abuser, a street pick-up, and a second year kid that didn’t exactly light the league up. We have an OLine that graded out very poorly in pass protection (but descent in run blocking).

    This doesn’t add up – either we need a RB so that we can run behind our line, or we need an upgrade on the line in pass protection to take advantage of a passing game. IMO.

    I love the Howard pick, but that’s why I am feeling deflated from that point through rounds 2-3.

    1. 11.1


      I disagree with your contention about our present coaching staff … our current defensive staff taught the entire defensive team to perform much better by the second half of last season, particularly the secondary. The coaches brought in an entirely different defensive scheme. Our first round rookie CB VHIII in particular learned on the job and greatly improved his performance in the second half.

      Geez, people, the ridiculous expectations expressed by some of the commenters here in this thread are really head scratchers. Better step away from the Madden video game and learn to live in the real world.

      1. 11.1.1


        Agreed. All I see over the internet is people who are still so butt hurt over not picking dalvin that the rest of the draft would be a no win situation with these kids. I love our draft and even the late third rounder we picked up! Sure he’s injured but he’s a second round lb that will greatly improve this squad. I absolutely love this draft and anyone who has been paying attention should know the bucs have targeted all of these kids in previous articles

      2. 11.1.2


        I don’t always agree with you Naples, but this time you and I are in total agreement. Apparently these whiners hold Jason Licht to some unattainable standard whereby each selection must be a top ten player, who fills their perceived needs without regard to the evaluation of available players or those already on the roster. I guess since he didn’t choose a RB or OL the choice “sucks”.

        When I go to a doctor I don’t try to dispute his diagnosis because I think I know more than what his years of schooling and experience have taught him simply because I regularly watched Marcus Welby, MD.

        Licht and his staff certainly are far better informed than any of us. Can we at least hold judgement until the test results are in?

      3. 11.1.3


        That was incredibly vague. If you are so confident in our (and this would apply to most staff really) staff’s ability to fix holes in players games then please name some. We have drafted numerous players that came with the tag line “good player but….”, which of those have our staff “fixed”?



          To help you, players drafted by Licht with such a tag line include;

          Ryan Smith (CB moving to safety)
          Kenny Bell (poor hands)
          Donovan Smith (pass protection)
          ASJ (discipline)
          Roberto Aguyao (accuracy over 40)
          Charles Sims (RB that can’t run the ball)

          It’s not a knock just on our staff, but what you see is most often what you get.



            I presume that the lack of your going “on and on” with examples means that you now understand that in the history of the NFL, not just for our staff but for all staffs, it has been extremely difficult to “teach” a player to tackle (or cover, or pass rush, etc.) well, if they don’t materially know how to by the time they’re done college. Refining skills is a different thing.

            As I said before, that does not mean that any of our picks are guaranteed to fail (or succeed for that matter), nor does it mean that Evans cannot succeed in other facets of his game that help our defense (my opinion was that despite his lack of tackling prowess, he immediately upgrades our safety position). Nor does it mean that I (or the plethora of professional NFL Analysts who see the same thing) are right, or know more than our GM and his staff.

            This is simply an argument put forward based on our opinions (which we are all entitled to without your personal-attacks, regardless of the number of years we each have being paid to evaluate college players – which is significantly more than yours) combined with the historical facts. But to conclude that he will definitely all-of-the-sudden become an excellent tackler, ignores quite a lot of history.



          Well, let’s see.

          How about Mike Evans fixing his dropped pass issue, that he overcame last year to become elite as a wide receiver?

          I seem to recall a noisy contingent of Bucs peanut gallery members who were calling for Evans’ head over the dropped passes.

          I also seem to remember a lot of the same Bucs peanut gallery members who were very down on the Grimes signing last year (incredibly, many based that on his wife’s commentary!) and who ripped him up one side and down the other in the early season games last year. Yet, by the end of last season Grimes ended up the number one cornerback in the entire league on the most important CB stat – passes defensed – and led the league by a long ways too.

          I can go on and on.

          The Bucs peanut gallery needs to grow up and gain some longer term perspective.



            I don’t recall Evans being drafted with a “poor hands” concern…and those (not my) voices of discontent two years ago quieted down markedly after he stopped playing in the rain.

            As for Grimes: our staff fixed his wife’s tweeting problem?

            Any more examples? I think at this point you could just agree that it’s very difficult for any staff to correct fundamental flaws in a player’s game. We have an upgrade at safety mostly because the bar is very low on our team, but we should expect a safety that misses a lot of tackles.



            Evans has no “fundamental flaws” dude, give it up.

            He’s a great safety talent, imperfect as all college players and even star NFL players are. You want to nitpick and be a negative ninnie. Really, just be quiet and let the man’s play speak for itself.

            I trust Jason Licht’s judgment one helluva lot more than I judge any internet commenter’s judgment, especially yours which is unreasonably negative.

      4. 11.1.4

        Buc 1976

        NFan I agree!!
        The Bucs got the best offensive player in the draft OJH! Not only does he greatly help the offensive but helps the defense WHY SOME MAY ASK because we can control the time of the clock. Keeping opposing teams D on the field until they are gassed in the latter part of game.

    2. 11.2

      Dave Lugin

      A great place to learn about this kid is lions247.com. One thing I can tell you about Chris is that he is the real deal. He was a major factor in Penn State winning the B1G.

  10. 12


    This guy reminds me a lot of Andre Johnson. Great pick!

  11. 13


    Well, we needed more speed at WR so it’s an okay draft pick. I just wish he was more consistent in his route running and blocking.

  12. 14

    Buc 1976

    What is not to like good speed good hands and MOST IMPORTANT GOOD YOUNG MAN.

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