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The Pewter Report Bucs Monday Mailbag is where Mark Cook answers your questions from our PewterReport Twitter account. You can submit your question to the Mailbag each week via Twitter using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Here are the questions we chose for this week’s edition of the Pewter Report’s Bucs Monday Mailbag.

Question: With so few needs, what are the chances the Bucs trade some of this year’s picks to stockpile some extras for the future?

Answer:  As we’ve stated in the Mailbag previously, this year is unlike any other in the team’s history. Anything is truly possible and all scenarios are wide open. Winning a Super Bowl – then bringing virtually the same team back – is unprecedented in the modern era of the NFL. Yet here the Buccaneers are.

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady

Bucs TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady – Photo by: USA Today

The Bucs don’t need their first round pick to step in and be an impact starter. That gives them a ton of flexibility this year. There will be some teams who will covet that 32nd pick, as it is still technically in the first round. That gives teams that option of picking up a fifth-year option on that player. We saw the Bucs do that late in the first round in 2012, trading up to take halfback Doug Martin.

A lot also depends on what happens in the first 31 picks as well. All it would take is a team to fall in love with a certain player and see them there at 32. They would be on the phone in a second with the Buccaneers, who could pick up more picks this year or picks in the future. This year will be fun for sure as the unknown factor creates a lot of intrigue.

Question: How much do players participate in scouting for their teams draft? Is there any chance Tom Brady could participate in interviews for prospective QB pick?

Answer: I’ve never heard of players being involved in the scouting process. I suppose it is conceivable that occasionally a coach or G.M. might quiz a current player about a prospect that the current player might have played with in college that a team is considering drafting. But as far as sitting in on meetings or things like that, I really don’t believe that happens.

Bucs QB Tom Brady

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Having Tom Brady as Tampa Bay’s quarterback is certainly unique and there could be some value to getting his input. But what has made Brady the best quarterback of all time doesn’t necessarily  show up on film. If it did he would have been selected 198 picks earlier in the 2000 draft. The intangibles that Brady brings to the table are what has made him a seven-time Super Bowl winner. Brady couldn’t tell that from just sitting in a meeting or watching film with Jason Licht.

I don’t think any players would even want to be involved in that part of the business. They are in the process of decompressing from a long, crazy and taxing season. They want and need to take a break from football – not be in the building breaking down college prospects.

Question: Best and worst case scenario for the Bucs’ pick at No. 32?

Answer: I don’t know there is a worst-case scenario, other than just blowing the pick on a complete bust. The Buccaneers are in a terrific position. Tampa Bay can do a number of things. But the best case scenario likely is to just stick to the team’s draft board and pick the best guy available. And hope the Bucs’ evaluation is correct on that player.

Bucs GM Jason Licht and John Spytek - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs GM Jason Licht and John Spytek – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Teams never want to blow a first-round pick whether its the No. 1 overall pick or the No. 32 pick. While the Bucs’ roster is in excellent shape for the near term, they always have to be looking two or three years down the road. Sure, the Bucs don’t necessarily need their first few draft picks to be starters in 2021, but will need them to be core players in the years to come.

When a team isn’t up against the wall with its first-round pick needing to step in right away, I don’t think it can ever go wrong drafting offensive linemen. The bust rate for offensive linemen tend to be lower than at other positions and with the fact NFL teams are starting five of them every Sunday they make up the largest units on a football team in terms of the 53-man roster. That also means teams have to replace and re-sign them at a greater rate than other positions.

Question: Any news on O.J. Howard’s progress on his injury?

Bucs TE O.J. Howard

Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Answer: We haven’t heard any official word from O.J. Howard but head coach Bruce Arians said recently that his recovery appears to be on track, and a league source told me over the last couple days he hasn’t heard anything different. That bodes well for Howard to be ready to go by training camp. Having the Bucs players decide to opt out of on the field offseason work should only give Howard more time to recover and be 100 percent when camp opens in late July.

Howard is in his fifth year and needs a big season to quiet the critics, who think he hasn’t lived up to his overall No. 19 draft billing. Fair or not, Howard, who has been solid when on the field and healthy, is at a crossroads in Tampa Bay. Staying healthy would make the Buccaneers’ decision on what to do with him as an unrestricted free agent next season a little easier.

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About the Author: 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, 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 mark@pewterreport.com
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drdneast
5 months ago

Brady may not be a judge in drafting talent but the belief is he had a lot to do with getting the Bucs to sign the Gronk, Lenny and AB and as it is well known those three players were the ones scoring TDs in the SB.

Naplesfan
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Those were all guys whom Brady knew well from either playing with them, against them, or watching them in the league for years. I don’t know that TB-12 spends his Saturdays watching NCAA football.

drdneast
Reply to  Naplesfan
5 months ago

Good point Naplesfan. Word is that Brady didn’t trust throwing to the Pat’s No. 1 pick a couple of years ago because he never knew if he was going to be where he was supposed to be. Brady didn’t seem to have that problem last year when it came to throwing to Tyler Johnson.
Speaking of which, how lucky do you think Scotty Miller and Johnson think they are having Brady as a QB when they are just breaking into the league.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Brady didn’t throw to N’Keal Harry because he stinks and was never open.

Dave
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
5 months ago

Lol 100% true man! Harry blows, and Brady knew it. This whole “Brady only throws to guys he trusts to be where they need to be” stuff is severely overblown. Has been for years. He throws to whoever is open. Period. Whether it’s Reche Caldwell, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins, Josh Boyce, Austin Collie, Cyril Grayson, Jayden Mickens, Tyler Johnson, Matthew Mulligan, or Joe Haeg. He gave Tyler Johnson a chance to get a 1st down in one of the biggest spots of the season last year. He didn’t say “oh eff that, I don’t trust this guy”.

drdneast
5 months ago

Why is it when you talk about all the untapped talent OJ Howard has it reminds me exactly of how you guys used to gush over the untapped talent of ASJ. You need to lay off the Capt. Morgans.

fredster
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Your an idiot. What does first rd pick OJ have in common with ASJ second round pick who was an alcoholic? Nothing. Yes Howard has had issues stating healthy. He’s had over 400 and 500 yards despite not playing a full season yet. Much more potential hence the top 20 pick and everyone thought he was worth it and he would be if he stayed healthy. ASJ never had much over 300 yards not even in same relent class.

Dman
Reply to  drdneast
5 months ago

Yup. Feels like PR is carrying the water for the Bucs with Howard. When he’s in his fifth season and we’re still talking potential and not production, hard to argue he hasn’t lived up to his RD1 billing.

aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Dman
5 months ago

Definitely has not lived up to first round pick, but its mostly due to injury. I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go for 800 yards and 8 TD if he stays healthy this year.

Dman
Reply to  aredsoxfan1
5 months ago

Pretty much what Brate was producing when we drafted Howard.

Dave
Reply to  Dman
5 months ago

Weird, I must have read his career stats wrong. Because it says here that Brate has topped 50 rec once in 7 seasons. He’s topped 600 yards once in 7 seasons. And he’s topped 6 TD’s once in 7 seasons. We’re not talking about Gronk, Kelce or Kittle here dude. He’s had 2 decent seasons, and 5 others that have sucked

Last edited 5 months ago by Dave
FinkleisEinhorn
5 months ago

I’m a big fan of PR, but tbh these Monday Mailbags leave a lot to be desired. If you’re going to make this a featured article and post popular questions, at least make an attempt to answer them or provide some sort of specific insight, even if it’s just your opinion. Q: What are the chances Bucs trade some pics this year? Your A: Anything is possible. Q: Best and worst case scenario at pick 32? Your A: Picking a bust would be the worst case. These answers are painfully obvious and just so vague. Again, even if you’re wrong,… Read more »

German Buc
Reply to  FinkleisEinhorn
5 months ago

Agreed 100 %!

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