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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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    “even more surprised at the lack of accountability inside the locker room” – Wonder how he would feel walking into the locker room over the last couple of years? Might’ve been 1993 all over again for him. Hopefully Kwon and some of the new blood will help remedy that situation going forward. And agree Mark, Thursday can’t get here fast enough.

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    Per Todd McShay of ESPN regarding the Bucs:

    It seems like they have narrowed in on Derwin James. James going to Tampa Bay seems like the worst-kept secret in the NFL right now.

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    I’ve said this before and still believe it to be the case. There will be draft night fireworks (trades up) for a QB. DraftAnalyst’s Tony Pauline reports QB Baker Mayfield being drafted by the Jets is a “done deal.” If true and QB Josh Rosen is taken in the top six, the math gets real easy. The NFL media suits who want high drama on draft night couldn’t have scripted it any better! Go Bucs!

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    Lots of excuses for Derwin James: He didn’t play incredibly well last year (but it must have been because he was recovering from his knee injury), his college team starts 2-5, the beginning of their worst season in 40 years while a senior defensive teammate says there’s a lack of leadership and points to people who are preparing for the draft (but he’s a great individual leader), he sat out the bowl game, didn’t do drills at his pro day and didn’t do a workout requested by a team that has the highest pick that will take him (but he’s just following his agents advice).

    I never thought I’d see the day when the Bucs were so focused on drafting a strong safety at 7 and doing their best to cover the guys warts in the process.

    BTW Dalvin Cook played FSU’s Bowl Game in the Orange Bowl against Michigan had 220 yards from scrimage and a TD which was everything the team needed in a 33-32 game that went to the wire. I guess Cook was dinged because he must not have been listening to his agent.

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      I’m an FSU alumnus and you make excellent points!

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    Keith F

    Thanks for the video Mark. Love me some Nickerson. I’m starting to believe we’re getting more and more guys like him on the team.

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    Derwin James Per Pro Football Focus:

    James burst onto the scene as a true freshman in 2015, taking over as a starter in Week 6 and never looking back. He went on to lead the nation with the top overall PFF grade at 91.2, while ranking second as a pass-rusher, 31st in coverage and 13th against the run. That kind of three-way impact is rare in the secondary, especially for a true freshman and especially for a player like James who did so while performing multiple unique roles on the Florida State defense. The 2016 season saw James limited to only 100 snaps due to injury, but he bounced back in 2017 to once again lead all safeties with a 92.0 overall grade consisting of the No. 2 grade both as a pass-rusher and in coverage to go with the No. 15 grade against the run.
    With 1,637 career snaps under his belt, James has established himself as the clear-cut best safety in the nation when healthy, and the same skills that led to his gaudy PFF grades will translate at the next level.

    “He is going to be the dude in any locker room he ends up in. That’s his makeup. Physically, he’s probably more talented than Jamal Adams but Adams was more consistent as a player. Derwin is still learning so he has a sky-high projection if his play can catch up to the talent.” — NFC Scouting Director

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    i’m having nightmarish flashbacks to the last can’t miss Pro Bpwl SS that we drafted at the 7 spot!

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      Mark Barron finally turned into a decent weak side linebacker, but I agree with you…Strong Safety at 7 is worse than a Guard at 7. Take the DT from Washington.

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    The Bucs will have a parrot announce the fourth round pick… Oh, good morning.

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      I thought you were joking until I read that a Parrot will actually announce the Bucs 4th round pick.

      Seems appropriate.

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        It’s going to be the second pick of Saturday morning. It’ll really get interesting if the Bucs trade the pick.

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    alan skelly

    If I remember correctly, Nickerson was the only free agent that even considered signing with the then lowly Bucs. His signing was the first indication that the Bucs could again be considered as a legitimate NFL franchise. Hell yeah ROH!!!

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    He said she said friend said , Rumor She said she has a video Ubor drivers record inside and outside when driving. This will settle out of court same lawyer as in FSU case they just want money . What will happen to Jamies is unknown at this time .

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    Man Hardy has got to go in at some point. This year would be sweet. Anyone who watched him play here in person knows how good he was. He didnt take one practice off and he went full speed in practice. He changed the culture around here too.
    As far as Derwin, I think too much is pointing this way. Someone planted it. Has smoke screen written all over it. I dont think he is the pick, especially at 7. Hopefully Licht finally trades back. Alot of talent in tbe top 100 in this draft, then a drop off. Pick up more picks please!

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