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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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    Mike Wright

    Depends on what the Bucs are trying do. Save Licht/Koetter/Smitty’s jobs or rebuild. If its the former then Vea is the logical choice. Chubbs gonna be long gone by our pick. Vea plays with a little Nasty streak. And God knows our Defense needs this.
    I’d also go DL with the 2nd pick to. Maybe Okoronkwo out of Okla. He also plays with toughness. Bucs really ought to go hard and get that RB out of Frisco in FA. But something tells me they won’t. Above all..Pass rush, Hurries, Defensive pressure is the Bucs top priority. How you gonna win games and you..cannot stop anybody?

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    Pete Wood

    Every time the Bucs go with grade A talent with big egos they get burned. Give me a guy who loves the game and fights his way into the starting lineup rather than one who thinks he’s God’s gift to the NFL and deserves to be there.
    Give me a Cameron Brate over a Desean Jackson every time.

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      D. Jackson has been a difference maker on any team he has played for except the bucs. Is it his fault bucs don’t have an accurate qb ?

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        Pete Wood

        Evans seems to do ok with an “inaccurate” QB. It’s not like Garo Yepremian is suiting up as QB for the Bucs.
        There’s a big difference between having a sucky QB and requiring a QB to throw perfect passes when you’re not being covered too closely.

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    Good Article, Mark. My choice if Chubb is not there at 7 is to take what looks like quite a stretch, but isn’t really, Taven Bryan DT. He presses 500 pounds and has a quick take off like McCoy. However, I would have our excellent DL Coach teach him how to play DE. Since he has very similar stats at the combine that JJ Watt had at his combine, it would not take long for him to really excel at pressuring and tackling the opposing QB and maybe better than Chubb does. He certainly would be able to stop the run dead in the tracks too. Then in the second round I would take Virginia Tech’s DT Settle and pair him in the middle of the DL with Stevie T. If you recall that our DC had two real big DTs when he was a success at Jax, it will be a DL that he is most familiar with and the best news is nobody will be able to run between the tackles on us this year either, and those two together should be able to shove back the OL in front of them and destroy the pocket for the QB to step up into on pass plays and also help the DEs to sack him. For the other DE I would put McCoy there. With his speed and quick first step and strength, he would make a dynamite DE too, and you know he can stop the run, and if he can’t get there he can jump up and knock down passes. We then could even cross train Noah Spence to play on third downs from weak side LB.

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    I completely agree with your assessment at pick number 7 for the Bucs. Any of the following three should have an enormously positive impact for the Bucs:

    1) Bradley Chubb DE
    2) Quenton Nelson OG
    3) Derwin James DB

    My 4th for the Bucs is a player most would say would not fit into the Bucs system and that is Tremaine Edmunds out of Virginia Tech. The guy has incredible production and at only 19 he is a freak athlete that I am confident could be elite as a rookie at Rush End.
    6’5″ 253 pounds with a 40 of 4.54. He led the #2 ranked scoring defense in tackles, tackle for loss, sacks and QB hurries last year. He is much bigger and much faster than Bucs starting DE Noah Spence.

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    Look, Vea is a fine player but it sounds like Scott and Trevor need to flush the cooked crack if they would really take him over Nelson. Vea is a guy that screams of projection, a “imagine what he could do with X size and Y speed” kind of guy.

    Only thing I’ve heard about Nelson is how unquestionably excellent his game film is. No guesswork there.

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    Good answers Mark!

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    I completely agree with owlykat! Focus on run’stuffing DT and move McCoy to defensive end. His speed and quickness will give him an advantage and at DE it will extend his career as well….unless he is traded to Oakland that is!

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