The PR Bucs Monday Mailbag is where PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your questions from our Twitter account. You can submit your question each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag.
Below are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the PR Bucs Monday Mailbag. Read them over and offer up your thoughts in the comment section.
Question: Will the Bucs trade up late into the first or early 2nd if they think they cant get Michel, Chubb, etc with their 2nd?
Answer: I would hope so. I think the lack of a consistent running game was one of the biggest issues offensively last season and one reason why Jameis Winston had some hurdles. You don’t have to run for a 150 yards every game, but it sure is nice to at least have the threat of being able to do it. And I don’t think it is any coincidence that the Bucs were playing better – Winston in particular – after the team kind of settled on Peyton Barber as the featured back late last season.
I have no idea how good the defense will be in 2018. And even if they are improved, I am not sure they come out of the gate on fire. To me this is why making the offense the absolute best it can be is so imperative. If you need to win games early in shootout fashion, then so be it. You can’t leave any chinks in the armor so to say. Finding a stud running back will give this offense a good shot at being a Top 5 or better offense in the NFL. You can win a lot of football games if you can average 26 or more points.
Question: Do you see DeSean Jackson attending OTA’s this year to have a better chemistry with Jameis Winston?
Answer: Should he? You bet. Will he? I wouldn’t count on it.
There is no way to really know until the voluntary OTAs start, so we will have to wait and see. But if I have to guess, I believe he will be strongly encouraged to attend by the organization. All you have to do is look at the tape from last season to see the deficiencies and lack of chemistry between the two and it is a legitimate question to ask, could they have been better with more offseason work?
Dirk Koetter said it in the breakfast he had with us last week – there were plays left all over the field between the two. That has to get better. But also the way Jackson is used has to also get better. He doesn’t have to be strictly a go-route player. He has terrific burst and can take a five-yard pass and turn it into a 60-yard completion with things like shallow drags, crossing routes etc.
I believe Koetter is in the lab every day looking at this offense and salivating at the possibilities. Especially with Cameron Brate back and O.J. Howard entering his second season. Then there’s Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and Chris Godwin who emerged late last season. With a hopefully improved offensive line, the sky is the limit offensively.
Question: Considering Arizona’s Steve Keim and Jason Licht’s history, in a trade down scenario with Arizona, what would we get back? Who would we target at 15?
Answer: There certainly is a mutual respect and strong friendship between the two and that could at least get some dialogue started, but I don’t know that it would be any more than with any other team. Friendship aside, both of these guys want to keep their jobs and are not going to do each other any favors necessarily.
Losing that third round pick for Jason Pierre-Paul was something Licht hated to give up, but as we have stated numerous times before, were you going to find a pass rusher even close to the effectiveness that JPP should provide with a third rounder in the draft? That is extremely unlikely. So to me it was a great move. With that said, if they can recoup that pick with a trade back, then it would be tempting.
I really think it would be more likely if the “Big 3” are all gone(Bradley Chubb, Quenton Nelson, Saquon Barkley). I think then the temptation to move back gets stronger. As far as what you get, it depends on how bad the other team wants to move back. Those trade value charts are only as good as what the other team is willing to pay. I think going from No. 7 to No. 15 would take a No. 2 and a No. 3. At least if I am the Licht. Maybe next year’s No. 2, but I wouldn’t drop back that far only to recoup the No. 3 lost in the JPP trade.
As far as potential guys at 15 that could be targeted if your scenario played out, Vita Vea, Derwin James, Marcus Davenport, Isiah Wynn or even one of the running backs might be options.
Question: Why does it seem the Bucs always move up instead of back in the drafts? When did we last move back besides VHIII?
Answer: Although it isn’t out of the question the Bucs could move up this year, in the first round at least. But I think it is more likely they move back a little. I think the first 15 players are as strong in this draft as any we have seen in recent years.
Now once you get out of the first round then the move up game increases. In the first round you kind of know what the needs and tendencies of the other teams picking are. But after that, teams identify fits and holes that need to to be filled and then you see them get perhaps a little impatient and start moving up. And also the price to move up a few spots, say in the third round, is considerably less that moving up in the first round.
Licht has stated that he is comfortable staying at No. 7 but isn’t ruling out the possibility of moving or or back later this month.