Each week PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your submitted questions about the Bucs. You can have your question answered by asking on Twitter using the #PRMailbag hashtag and also on the message boards. Here are this week’s five questions.
Question: Any coaches that us Bucs fans should be excited to watch on Hard Knocks?
Answer: That’s an easy one. Offensive line coach George Warhop. While the media rarely gets a look at the offensive line in practice, and even during training camp, we know he is a firery guy and can use a little bit of salty language from time to time – okay, a lot of salty language. The players like him, even though he is pretty tough on them and doesn’t hold back. I think it will be interesting to see him up close and personal.
Honestly, I am also looking forward to head coach Dirk Koetter. Coach respects the media, and is pretty transparent in his press conferences, but he isn’t chummy with us, and that’s okay. He told a few media members last January at an East West Shrine practice, it isn’t anything personal, he just doesn’t believe that spending time with media members will do anything to help his team win football games. You have to love and appreciate his honesty and candor. Would I love to sit down and have a beer or two with him? You bet. But he is right. That isn’t going to help the Bucs win football games.
Question: Some mock drafts have Corey Davis and O. J. Howard being drafted after No. 19. Who do you think Bucs would take between Cook, Davis, and Howard?
Answer: I would guess the Bucs would be jumping up and down to see Howard available at No. 19. I don’t think they would take more than a minute of their allotted time to get their card to the podium. Howard is head and shoulders the best tight end in our opinion, and feels a big need for the Bucs. While Cam Brate had a great year in 2016, with the same expected this season, the Bucs are an injury away from tossing out part of their playbook and not having any legit pass catching tight ends to put on the field. Plus, you know Dirk Koetter would salivate at the opportunity to have two receiving threats at tight end on the field from time to time, along with DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans.
Davis has been slipping and a lot of that has to do do with him not running a 40, and also a little bit about the competition he faced in college by playing at a smaller school. Of course don’t mention that to Jerry Rice, or some of the other Hall of Fame players that came from smaller schools.
I think the war room might be a little torn if Cook were to be there. There are some we have spoken to who believe he is easily the best back in the draft, but there are some serious concerns about some of the other baggage that surrounds him. Of course it may not even be an issue as Cook could also be long gone before the Bucs pick on Thursday night.
Question: If you had to choose between Cooper Kupp or Chris Godwin in the 2nd, which do you like for the Bucs?
Answer: Personally, I like Godwin a lot. He’s a solid target, a nice red zone threat, and has good speed (4.42) for a player his size. I also like the level of competition he played versus Kupp who ran a reported 4.62.
Both were very productive receivers and both have a chance to have a very good NFL career, but I would take the faster, more athletic Godwin if I were making the pick.
Question: What are your thoughts on FSU defensive end Demarcus Walker for the Bucs?
Answer: I love Walker. The college player. I like Walker the NFL player, but don’t love him. There is no question he is a strong talented player who had a dominant senior season as FSU, and finished second in the country in sacks (16). But, I am not sure his skill set is more than a 7-8 sack player in the NFL. He doesn’t have the agility and bend to be a speed edge rusher. He instead takes a more bull rush approach. That worked in college, but NFL offensive lineman are too good to give up many sacks to a power rusher. He has the work ethic to get better with good coaching, but Walker just doesn’t appear to me to be an NFL defensive end. I would suspect teams will ask him to put on more weight and move to the inside. A position where he can have a nice lengthy NFL career. Some have even suggested he drop some weight and becomes a 3-4 outside linebacker. So then the question becomes, what round does he go? I would consider him in the third round, but not any higher.
Question: For the Bucs and Evans is the 5th year option picked up instead of a new contract because they haven’t agreed to terms?
Answer: I wouldn’t read anything into at all other than the Bucs showing a commitment to Evans for the long run. They will – if they haven’t already – get to talking with Evans’ agent soon, and a deal could be announced before training camp. Regardless, Evans isn’t going anywhere and he will be a Buccaneer for a long time.
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, the beach and family time.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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