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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    We absolutely need a center. Good call. We will need to move up to get Cook. Also, Walker from FSU would be a terrific pick.

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    Pewter Report Trevor; I think we already have one and we can use that pick for another need? Gottschalk has proven he can be the Center. He did it in Pre Season and when he filled in for Hawley in the regular season until he himself got injured. He’s quick on his feet and he has the size. What’s your thought about Gottschalk? I believe we need another DT unless Gholston isn’t resigned. I really like your Articles because we needed someone like you tossing all these thoughts out. Thank you. So glad to have you with us now.

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      Trevor, I like your thinking ..Ethan Pocic, C, LSU..a 6’7′ center who is an athlete…but not in round 1.

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      Horse: Are you aware that Gottschalk is under 300 pounds and that both Joe Hawley and Evan Smith are in the 305 range? Don’t you think if he showed he could unseat either of these two in Training Camp he would have made the 53 man roster?

      Don’t know much about Pocic but a 6-7 center would be a bit odd and there’s no way we would take a center that high. I do think a more stout center is needed. Perhaps it’s Ali Marpet.

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        I bet he comes in heavier.

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    We need a S, DE, or RB.

    Dump Martin.

    Resign Hawley… Say what you want, but dude has a tenacity and passion that cant be coached. He will stick up for the team and throw down with any defender.

    We desperately need a pass rush and some secondary that are over 5′ 10″. Did you see Benjamin just push Hargreaves out of the way on the last touchdown? We need a bigger body back there.

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    Having a stud center would really do wonders for this offensive line as a unit. Watching Dallas have their way with every team they face with those 5 grown men up front opened my eyes. Luckily our top needs are the strengths of this draft. Cook looks to be the next L. Bell so if he’s anywhere close you’ve got to reel him in. Center, WR, D-line after that. There’s so much talent coming back to us from the IR this off-season. So excited for what we did with so many back up players and where we’re going from here! Go Bucs!

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    How can you not like a guy named Taco?

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    As a Michigan fan, I like Charlton a lot, but I don’t think he’s quick enough to be a elite pass rusher. I’d compare him to Micheal Bennett with 6-9 sacks per year and will eventually play the run well. He WILL be a complete DE though eventually.

    My first choice would be either Cook or MacCaffrey and I would still retain Martin despite his issues (but at a lessor contract value) and team them together much the way Carolina used to do with Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. You can’t have enough good running backs and having two top shelf runners should really help the offense. Then I’d go WR in the 2nd round and S/CB in the 3rd and 4th.

    I’d give either Gottshalk/Josh Allen a real chance to take over C in the offseason, but still re-sign Hawley JIC.


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      I like the thought of McCaffery. All around back and tough. Cook will be long gone by our pick. LSU center is big and quick at 6-7. Nothing wrong with taking a starting center in first round.

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    The way Tandy has played I think we can take safety off the top of our need list. No one we could draft, or bring in knows this defense like Tandy. Him, and McD are more then cable back there, and their understanding of the defense has shown down the stretch. They should be better next year, don’t mess with it, draft for depth. Speaking of being prepared, Grimes was back there running routes instead of covering receivers. Dude knew what was coming every time, well done. The age less wonder comes back next year, and with Smith in the wings, Jude, and Elliott, corner isn’t such a pressing need either. If as some suggest Marpet moves to center that draft need disappears. Horse, I know you’re high on Gottchalk, I just don’t know why, think he’s a good back up at best. Sweezy the multi million dollar question mark. Should he be able to play R.G. next year Marpet to center would be possible. Running back, and wide receiver should be priorities, but I’m always for building the D line. McCoy ain’t getting any younger, and the rest of our D.T.’s, are average at best, we could use another stud up front.

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      In total agreement with you Surfer. Should be an interesting off-season.

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    Buc 1976

    Take Davis if he lasts that long if not either one will help ALOT. This draft is deep in RB’s I still think we are ok at RB if Oline improves. But Coach STOP trying to run simms up the middle!

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    Buc 1976

    I meant to include Taco looks long and strong.

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    Assuming Sweezy is healthy, why not move Marpet to Center and have Sweezy play RG? Marpet can certainly make that transition, and he’s smart enough to make the line calls.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Think about an O-Line with Marpet, Pocic and a healthy Sweezy, though. Would even boost the play of the tackles, too.

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    I wouldn’t even begin guessing draft choices until after the FA signing period. That will certainly affect the draft.

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    With Evans rookie deal over after next season, I doubt the Bucs will spend huge $$$ on a FA WR, because they’re going to have to spend it on Evans first.

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    Apparently the Bucs will have plenty of cap room and need to spend to at least get to the cap floor. I would think that our GM and ownership knows the team is close and might make a splash signing or two in free agency to get the team where we need to be to make a playoff push next season.

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      I’d lock up several Buc young guns first with that money.

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    I agree with Surfer, Tandy deserves a shot, and McDougle is really learning. they could be our safety tandem and reduce our need at that position. Agree defensive line must always be a priority. Read a post by macabre recently about a sleeper out of Villanova. Tanoh Kpassagnon DE. Only mac could find a stud like this. 6’6 285 and fast. Finally would like to get some poop on Sweezy. Big price, but could he be an asset in 2017. Agree it should be a fun off-season

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    Sorry, macabee, dam auto correct.

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    Pocic at center. Gottschalk as a swing center/guard, thank Hawley for his gutty performance and give Pamphile EVERY opportunity to unseat Demar “Flags” Dotson. Go Bucs!

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