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Mark Cook

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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    macabee

    Dalvin Cook has had or have scheduled visits with 7 teams including the Bucs. Between now and the draft, there are likely to be 1 or 2 more (Colts, Ravens). As of now, 6 of them pick before the Bucs. Gonna have to get really lucky to get this guy without having to trade up. However this drama unfolds, may the force be with us. Go Bucs!

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    I have no opinion here that I could vigorously stand behind. My motto is “see a parade jump in front of it”. See a fight – watch it from the sidelines. lol.

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    76Buc

    Mac, I am probably wrong, but he seems to be football slow. I know he ran a 4.5 and was all everything in college, but against slower competition. The tape shows slow or sluggish
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      scubog

      What tape did you watch 76?

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        76Buc

        Several of the 2016 replays. Not gametape. It just looked to my naked eye that he was not moving very fast. However, it may be that he was just setting up his blocks. There have been several successful NFL WR’s and RB’s that simply just ran as fast as they needed to. No body ever caught them from behind. I think he will be a very good NFL player. I just don’t like him for the bucs. We can get a good RB in the 3rd rd.

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          scubog

          Trust me 76, this kid is good.

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      Brandonges

      😂😂😂

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      BucWild02

      I don’t think D.Cook is “football slow”, but I do think his best highlights are lowlights of poor tackling by the opposing defense. To his credit, he finished those runs. The kid has burst and also seems to make the wide open catch out of the backfield, but I agree with you 76Buc…the pros are different. He won’t get to the edge in the pros like he did in college. He won’t be wide open by 30 yards on a wheel route. He is comparable to Duke Johnson to me, not David Johnson.

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        cgmaster27

        Yes all of his highlights are from poor tackling Bucwild. None of his yardage was earned. Guys literally fell in front of him on all his runs. IT’s called setting up blocks and angles. Some of the anti Nole contingent come up with some lame excuses when they watch what ever film it is they are watching. This guy did what he did against better competition than any RB in this draft, withg a much worse offensive line than either Fournette or Mccaffery had to deal with. You want to highlight bad tackling, watch a Leonard Fournette highlight real and watch guys literally jumping over him.

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          76Buc

          Actually, I am a noles fan. I loved the Winston and Dunn picks. I was just expressing an opinion and I stated I was probably wrong. My old eyes just aren’t what they used to be.
          I agree about Fournette. I think Cook will be good. I think Fournette will have limited use.

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          Naplesfan

          Looks like 76Buc zinged you good CG with your “woe is us Noles fans, everybody hates us unfairly” routine.

          Most Bucs fans simply don’t give a sh*t about what school a player comes from – they like or dislike players based on their own perceptions both of the individual player and of the position they play. Me included.

          Knowing what we know now after busting or near-busting on both of our last two first round picks of running backs, I would not take Doug Martin in the first round if we had it to do over again.

          That has zilch to do with the fact that he was a Boise State player. It has everything to do with the fact that running backs are poor risks for first round picks, even if they have an outstanding rookie season – just as did Cadlillac Williams, and Doug Martin.

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            scubog

            Have to agree with you there Naples. I don’t care where the player attended college. That said, we do tend to watch more of the Florida teams than the other schools. Thus,we become more familiar (good or bad) with the crop of draftees.

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      chefboho

      I was thinking the same thing scu. This guy seemingly outran db’s and linebackers to the sideline only to cut up and outrun everyone. He dominated against two of the top defenses in college last year in Michigan and Clemson. Lord knows he killed my hurricanes every year he played against them. Not sure what you were watchinng

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        BucWild02

        Louisville 63 – FSU 20. Cook had 54 yards on 16 carries. That was the biggest game of the year for the Noles and they got absolutely embarassed.

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          chefboho

          Biggest game? Your joking right? I would figure that was Michigan or Clemson seeings how lousivlle absolutely bombed at the end of the season. And before you ask, I’m a hurricane fan.
          Michigan rushed 20- 145 yards 1 td 65 receiving
          Clemson rushed 19- 169 yards 4 td’s
          Nice try, but you can’t argue against those defenses.

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            BucWild02

            So did Jabril Peppers play in the bowl game? No? Hmmmm.

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            chefboho

            So one player makes a team? Now your reaching beyond logic. Keep trying though, you’ll come up with something legit soon enough. Hmmmmmm

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            BucWild02

            Yeah Ok buddy…Clemson won though right? Michigan lost by one and was missing their top defender. And when FSU was ranked #2 in the nation, their highest of the season, they faced Louisville and Cook did nothing. He was a liability in pass protection all year. Most of his rushing yards were on 2 plays in the Clemson game…but they still lost. Plus he is a fumbling machine. I hope the Bucs pass on him if he’s available. I hope Carolina or New Orleans draft him. Let him fumble for them.

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      chetthevette

      I watched him single handily destroy my Wolverines. Got my attention and still has it.
      I hope Mark Cook was invited to the try out. Mark will give us the straight skinny.
      GO BUCS

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    surferdudes

    I keep saying, Q.B.’s will be picked early. The 49er’s will select Watson, and don’t count out the Browns taking one with the first pick. The Jets would love to have one. This leads me to believe Cook will be there when we pick. Why isn’t Deshaun Watson getting the credit he deserves? Two time O’Brian winner, 32-3 as a starter, won the national title against Bama. Remember how Mariota looked against Bama in the title game, he went 2 over all. Yet everyone seems to think San Fran will pick a D end being happy with Hoyer,and Barkley as their Q.B.’s. If running backs have been so devalued, and this draft is loaded with them, Cook is well within our reach. The experts keep forgetting the new CBA makes it O.K. to pick a Q.B. high. Oh Barnett will go #1, and the D.E. from Standford will go #2,they are sure fire picks! Really? Just like Gains Adams was. We could’ve drafted Aaron Rogers, Gruden would still be coach, and we’d be more like the Pats then the Bucs. You have to have a Q.B., they’ll be drafted high, and often. Sit back, relax, and watch Cook fall in our laps.

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      BucWild02

      Haaaay Monnn, you smoka the good gonja today? Pass it o’er ere! (That’s my best Bob Marley impression!)

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        cgmaster27

        It was probably the same stuff you were smoking when watching the “bad tackling” on Cook highlight reel.

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          BucWild02

          lol. I was just watching that Louisville game that Cook took over. 54 yards on 16 carries. All world.

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            BucWild02

            Some educational programming cgmaster27

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BFtKH5apik

            If you want the second half, let me know…I would be happy to post it for you!

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    Garv

    I’m not convinced he won’t be there and that if he is the Buccaneers will choose him. Crazy I know but we might be surprised in two weeks. This isn’t the obvious Jameis pick, not by a long shot.

    I am convinced the Buccaneers will get some players with immediate impact on days one and two of the draft. Trusting Jason Licht.

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    Buc 1976

    WHY IS COOK SLIDING DOWN??

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      scubog

      Because the media says this “stock moving up/stock moving down” crap every Draft season with absolutely no basis from the actual team’s evaluations. They just follw each other’s lead. It’s comical! No one knows. It’s a guess, then another guess, then another and on and on with these endless Mock Drafts. Now they’re pimping these mediocre QB’s to the first round. I guess when one doesn’t have a date for the Prom, the available options, as homely as they may be, start to look more dateable.

      I sure hope those desperate teams will select them way before warranted and real upper half first round worthy players will trickle down to #19.

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    BucWild02

    Hey Mark Cook…I have a question…

    Last year the Bucs found out that Doug failed a urine screening and held him out of the week 16 game vs. the Saints on their own. It was a game they really needed to win to have a chance for the playoffs, so naturally everyone was curious why he was inactive since he wasn’t hurt. Martin was then officially suspended 4 games by the league the following week.

    Can Doug Martin and/or the Bucs appeal for a reduced suspension of the first two games of 2017 instead of three? The league reduced Leveon Bell’s suspension last year under similar circumstances.

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      Mark Cook

      All suspended players are entitled to an appeal but performance enhancing is rarely if ever reduced. Kwon, Bowers etc Just won’t happen most likely. I think Bell was weed. Not sure, but think that falls under a different category.

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    martinii

    Not sure I am 100% for Cook at 19, but I think Cook fans should be more optimistic about him falling to us than before. Agree that QB’s are going to come off early. Even rd2 grade will be last minute top 15 desperation picks. RB’s (Zeke excluded) should drop. So for all you FSU fans fans keep the faith. (even though I Like Njoku and a mid round back) One of those drafts that should be fun and I sincerely think we we get some very good players in.

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      cgmaster27

      I just don’t see it happening. He is too talented to fall that far. AS much of a dream as it is, I highly doubt he slides to us. This whole slide is just draft smoke screens.

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    Buc 1976

    MARTINII I AGREE WITH YOU TAKE NJOKU THE KID IS FAST AND VERY WILLING TO BE COACHED UP. SECOND ROUND BPA OR TRADE DOWN THEIR ARE MANY WR,RB AND SAFETIES AVAILABLE.

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    jme0151

    I think he will be there at 19 and will pass on him. WR or DB will be pick. RB in 3rd round.

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    Naplesfan

    Cook is a plausible pick for the Bucs at 19 … a fair number of draftwatchers have mocked him to us, and I have no doubt that we could use some talent infusion at running back this year.

    One interesting tidbit – in Chris Burke’s countdown of the top 40 players in this year’s draft, he has Cook in the top ten, and he provides a several-paragraph long draft evaluation for each player that ends with “most like ____ as a player”. Burke states the the current NFL player that Cook most resembles is none other than Doug Martin.

    I just don’t think that drafting another Doug Martin is the best use of our no. 1 pick. We already have Doug Martin, and if he is healthy and productive this year Cook is unlikely to do better than he. I’d much rather see the Bucs take a running back later in the draft where the cost if he gets injured – like Doug Martin got injured, and many say that Cook is also injury prone, like most running backs are – then the loss is minor. Every first rounder has to be a long term starter and producer, in my opinion. First round picks are just too valuable to waste on any running back.

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      chetthevette

      I’ve also heard him compared to Shady McCoy.
      GO BUCS

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    fredster

    Not a fan of taking a RB in first RD period. Build the O-line and they will gain! Lol. RB’s are dime a dozen and have short NFL lifespan. Doubt he’s there at 19 anyways.

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    EastEndBoy

    If he fell to 19 he’d be a nice pick – better talent than 19th suggests, and would fill a need. Not holding my breath though.

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    Runole

    I can see why some are concerned with Cooks speed. That being said Cooks speed is not the attribute that makes him special. It is his ability to avoid the big hit and his ability to run to daylight. Cook is Emmitt Smith with a bit more speed. Both have that rare ability to avoid tackles. Of course Smith had a better OL blocking for him but I still see a strong resemblance.

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      scubog

      Emmitt Smith had incredible balance and vision, but was not fast…………just fast enough. Taken in the middle of the first round.

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    BucWild02

    After reading the fans opinions, I can’t decide who Dalvin Cook is most comparable to…

    Emmitt Smith? Shady McCoy? A bigger Warrick Dunn? A better Doug Martin? The next Ezekial Elliot? A more elusive Devonta Freeman? Edgerrin James? Marshall Faulk? Ladanian Tomlinson? Bo Jackson? OJ Simpson? Walter Payton?

    He’s better than all those guys! He’s the perfect running back. A true game changer! It’s not just his speed, vision, elusiveness, yards after contact, toughness, hands, leadership, and football acumen…he also helps little old ladies across the street every morning!

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      chetthevette

      That is one bold post BucWild. I was with you until I saw Bo Jackson and Walter Payton comparison.
      Oh, I read your whole post.
      Sarcasm, it’s a good thing.
      GO BUCS

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