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.

Question: My question for you is, who is one guy you would like to see the Bucs jump back into round 1 and get if he falls?

Answer: That is a really tough question, and without knowing the path to get back it is even more difficult, as well as how far Tampa Bay would want to trade up in the end of the first round. Are we talking pick No. 24 or pick No. 32? But for this question let’s assume that the the Bucs moved down and acquire another second-rounder, then package that to get back up in the first round. To get back into the first round, Tampa Bay would probably have to give up both of those No. 2 picks, or maybe next year’s first-rounder. A team to target would be the Raider who have three No. 1 picks (No. 4, No. 24 and No. 27) or possibly the Patriots at No. 32.

Who would the Bucs trade up to acquire? That depends on who they pick with their own first-rounder, but perhaps the team moves down and still somehow manages to draft LSU inside linebacker Devin White or Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush in the first round. I think the biggest need after that would be defensive tackle, or possibly cornerback. A player being mocked in that later first round that might be there would be defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence from Clemson.

There are some questions marks about him – his lack of pass rushing ability and his suspension to end career – but he has a rare combination of size and speed. The Bucs are thin at the nose tackle position and could use another player in the middle who can take on double teams and clog the middle and Lawrence fits that bill. Plus he has proven the ability to get to the quarterback in college at times and the Bucs could move Vita Vea to the three-technique defensive tackle spot.

LSU CB Greedy Williams - Photo by: Getty Images
LSU CB Greedy Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

Another player I like who at one time was mocked as a Top 10 selection, is LSU cornerback Greedy Williams. If the Bucs could get get White and Williams, then they would have the two best LSU players in this year’s draft and both help fill needs. The good news is that Williams won’t necessarily have to be rushed into action like we saw with Carlton Davis last year, as Vernon Hargreaves and Davis are slated to starts of now. Williams is loaded with talent, and while not the top corner in the draft (that distinction likely falls to Bryon Murphy), he would be a nice get to help rebuild a woeful defensive secondary.

Question: Where will Jason Pierre-Paul play in the Bucs’ 3-4 defense? In addition, where does Lavonte David play? Seems like ILB is a glaring need.

Answer: Bruce Arians and Jason Licht have already both hinted that Jason Pierre-Paul would been one of their starting outside linebackers, with Carl Nassib being the other, in Tampa Bay’s base 3-4 defense. When the Bucs move to nickel defense then Pierre-Paul and Nassib would go back to a four-man defensive line as bookends opposite of each other on the line of scrimmage.

And Arians and Licht have also said Lavonte David is part of the four-man linebacker group of Pierre-Paul, Nassib and Deone Bucannon. You can throw Kevin Minter in there as well, and of course the player they end up drafting. David will be one of the inside linebackers – called MO in Bowles’ scheme – and Minter and Bucannon will split time at the other with Minter playing MIKE linebacker in base defense and Bucannon playing the Moneybacker role in nickel defense.

I can’t imagine Tampa Bay not drafting at least one inside linebacker this year, unless we learn Kendell Beckwith and Jack Cichy will be at 100 percent to start camp. The problem is the odds of both of those players being ready isn’t very good, and Beckwith’s career may be in jeopardy. So if that is the case, the Buccaneers will need to add some bodies and talent at inside linebacker, especially with Minter and Bucannon signing one-year deals.

Questions: With the recent free agency signings by other teams, what scenario do you see unfolding for the Buccaneers at number 5?

Answer: There are too many to list here, ut I still think there is a good chance we see the Buccaneers move down on Thursday, April 25 and get some more ammunition in the draft. The Dolphins, Broncos and Redskins are three quarterback-needy teams that could be calling Tampa Bay on draft night to see what it would take to move up. But a lot of that depends to on what happens in front of them with the Raiders at No. 4, and if they use their pick for a quarterback.

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
Alabama DT Quinnen Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

Then the pressure is on for those three teams as Drew Lock and Dwayne Haskins are likely the next two signal callers to go. One of those three teams could panic and offer up the moon to get their guy and if so, Tampa Bay would benefit.

If the Bucs stand pat, then LSU inside linebacker Devin White is the player PewterReport.com thinks they target and Tampa Bay would be elated to have him. The only thing that stands in the Bucs path to picking White if they stay at No. 5 would be if Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams falls in their lap. Then he’s the pick.

Question: What’s the chance the Bucs could come away with a Brian Burns and Devin Bush with their first two picks in the Draft (notice I did not say first-round and second-round picks)

Answer: That is also a possibility of course, as that would be a pretty good Day 1 haul and fill a couple of needs. In order for that to happen, Tampa Bay would have to move down and pick up an extra first-rounder, or package picks to move back up in the first.

Florida State edge rusher BrianBurns is an interesting case, as he is a player that could get picked really early by a team that is in love with his speed and athleticism, or he could get drafted late in the first round because he still needs to add weight and strength at the NFL level.

Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush isn’t as good as LSU’s Devin White, but he isn’t necessarily too far off, either. I know the Bucs have said out loud they like who they have now in their linebacker unit, but I still feel they need a big addition, and Bush of course immediately steps in and contributes in a Todd Bowles defense.

As always, predicting one pick is hard enough, but to predict both, in this scenario is even tougher. I think the Buccaneers and most fans would be pretty happy if they came away with those Burns and Bush on draft night, but don’t count on it happening.

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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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  1. Here’s a question, if JPP, and Nassib are playing outside LB’s, who’s playing defensive end? Vea is your nose, you still need two D ends, to go along with four backers. It’s a 3-4 defense, not a 1-4 defense. Trying to play JPP as an outside LB I don’t see that happening. No way is he picking a back up out of the back field, or covering a TE down the field, and that’s what you’re outside backers will be asked to do in a 3-4. They won’t be able to just rush the passer. We need true LB’s who can play the 3-4, asking JPP, and Nassib to do that is a recipe for failure. They are our starting DE’s, not our starting OLB’s.

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    • That’s a great question and I’ve been wondering that myself. Essentially, the DE’s in a 3-4 function as DT’s. IF they do not move on from Gerald McCoy, he’s the starting 3 tech. I’ve heard that William Gholston will be the starting 5 tech in the base D, but I feel that Carl Nassib would be a better fit there and newly signed Shaquill Barrett is a better at strong side linebacker. And you’d be surprised about JPP – he’s pretty athletic for his size and played the 3-4 OLB fairly well in NY. The Giants thought Olivier Vernon was a better option and were clearly wrong. Do I think JPP is the long term solution there? No, you’re right, JPP is a true 4-3 DE and is getting up in age. It would bode well for the Bucs to pick up a true 3-4 OLB in the mold of Von Miller or Khalil Mack.

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    • It’s also important to note that Nassib and JPP will become true 4-3 DEs on passing downs in the nickle and won’t be asked to cover backs/TE on passing downs. But again, you’re right – on 1st and 2nd downs, it’s a bit of a scary thought thinking about a 6’6″ 260 pounder and a 6’7″ 280 pounder trying to cover quicker men…

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  2. I like the idea of trading back up into the first for Bush. I think if we can move down with the Broncos or a team between 10-15 and still snag and Oliver or Top Rusher. And then use that gained 2nd to move back up to grab Bush, I’d be ecstatic. As a Die hard Michigan Fan each week I’d always ask myself “I wonder If Rashan Gary will play well”, but i never worried about Bush because the most consistent LB i’ve watched in a while. Rarely missed tackles and was extremely quick sideline to sideline. He’s a guy that is a great LB for a decade. Not to mention his coverage is good and blitzing ability was surprisingly good as well. I think if we come out of here with a solid rusher and Bush in the first round or two, it can be considered a home run

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  3. Ahhh the draft. A conversation that regrettably started at the end of October & is thankfully almost over. What’s the answer to Drew Brees? Hell, what’s the answer to Julio Jones? It’s not in Tampa yet. Rookies, young men with no idea what the NFL really is, standing in the eye of a hurricane & underpaid to boot. You can’t hang savior around their neck too. Coaching. Teaching. Challenging. That is real. We’ve all seen it happen. Bon Jovi played, and grown men cried. (Not just because Bon Jovi played, there was a Lombardi trophy there too) But seriously, you are only as strong as your foundation. Gruden’s old line is true. We don’t lack talent, we just don’t use talent. And Yes, we can always use more, but this isn’t plug and play. Regardless of the pick, Lavonte David wears the green dot in this house. Please don’t get too distracted.

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  4. SurferDude – that’s why I see the Bucs taking Ed Oliver or, by the grace of God, Q Williams if he somehow manages to fall to no. 5. We have to assume McCoy is gone just prior to or just after the draft in order sign their draft picks. McCoy’s absence makes DT the priority pick in the first round.

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  5. First two rounds should focus on the trenches. I can be persuaded to draft Devin White because I think he’ll be a perennial Pro Bowler. Not sure about Bush. But if we take White first, we need to select the best OG available next, then take a DT third. And not necessarily in the third round!

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    • Agreed. I think right now, RG is our biggest need on the entire team. The next biggest would be 5 tech DE or ILB, but this is assuming McCoy stays in Tampa. Either way, I don’t know if this one draft gets it done and fills all of the holes on a porous roster.

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  6. Yes but since this draft is deep at DT that means you can get good value after the first round, but the best ILB won’t be available. I’d go White first pick all day. Bucs need his leadership on a rudderless defense as much as they need his play. He won’t come off the field, his intangibles for what he’ll do for this defense are what we need. For the second round I’m finding a plug, in play RT, if Risner is there I’d jump. Dotson should’ve been replaced last year, counting on him is like counting on Grimes last year. In the third, and fourth rounds I’d pick my DT, DE playing to the strength of the draft. After that it’s best available.

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  7. If we are switching to a 3-4 and jpp and Nassib are the OLBS and Vea is the nose, does Williams or Oliver fit in as 3-4 DEs? Does Bowles value them the same as adding Devin White? I’m not sure what the answer is to that. Do we draft best available player based on position or do we draft the best player regardless of position. I do think we trade down if possible and hopefully add a RT or RG in the second.

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  8. I too would be ecstatic if we could acquire an extra first rounder and grab Bush (not like trump) with it. He’s London Fletcher 2.0 and the real deal football player. I’d take him over White all day. His instincts are of the charts compared to White.

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  9. LOL!! Grab ’em by the eh…cough cough, draft pick.

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  10. I agree if Bucs stay put at 5 you take best LB. 2nd rd best OT fix the line! 3rd or 4th take best DT. To me that’s the order and what they need most. I have bad feeling about Cinchy and Beckwith. I bet we never see either on the field again.

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  11. I say, If we can trade down from 5, and pick up and extra 2nd that would be perfect. Grab BPA in the first (hopefully White) and then OG (hopefully Lindstrom) in the 2nd. Talk about filling 2 huge needs with the best player at their position. Then DT later on since it is so deep at that position.

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  12. Days 1 and 2 in the draft need to be big for the Bucs defense.

    Gholston, Vea and Allen are likely the starting down linemen in base.
    Nassib, Vea, Allen, JPP are likely the starting down linemen in nickle.
    McCoy would split time with Allen if he is retained for another year.
    Backups along the DL include Nunez-Roches, Stevie T, Noah Spence and 4 first year players.

    Bucs DL players whose contract end after 2019: Nassib, Allen, Spence, Nunez-Roches, and Stevie T.

    Players under contract who can be cut after 2019 with no cap hit. McCoy(if he’s still a Buc), Gholston and JPP.

    Bucs need 3-4 DE/DT, 3-4 OLB in round 1 and 2. They already brought in Bucannon, Minter and Shaq Barrett to add to the linebacking and implementation of their defense.

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  13. Cichy working on here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BwKWxZIgdHa/

    Ran into his friend at Yardhouse yesterday and he said he’s planning on playing to start the season

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  14. working out*

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  15. Still really struggling to see how our two-season-in-a-row, 5-win team suddenly is going to be better by:
    a) replacing Kwon with Devin White at #5, and
    b) losing Kwon, Humphries, DJax, Curry, etc.

    All I hear so far is: “coaching”, and “getting rid of locker-room problems”?….I guess, although I never heard any of these guys being significant locker-room problems before we sent them away.

    IDK…my expectations are low.

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  16. “This draft is deep at DL”

    does not equal

    “the fall off in talent between the tiers is not steep.”

    The opportunity cost of drafting White or Bush in the 1st vs Williams or Oliver is significant skewed toward drafting the DL.

    This is simply because, while Lawrence, Willis, Tillery, and Saunders in round 2 (assuming and of those 1st 3 are actually available in round 2…dubious) are good value, the drop off between Williams/Oliver anc those 4 is MUCH steeper than the drop-off from White/Bush to Pratt/Cashman (2 very good all-around ILB prospects) in round 3.

    That isn’t even getting into the fact that drafting an ILB at 5 UTTERLY KILLS the rookie wage scale positional advantage that should come with a top 5/10 pick. With a DL, you’re gaining considerably as you’re paying well under the median of an expected impact starter. With an ILB it’s the exact opposite, and considerably so.

    There are so many reasons why White at 5 is just an awful pick.

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  17. Can’t wait to start the draft!

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  18. FINALLy! Somebody has seen Cichy.
    Now does anybody know what is going on with Beckwith other than the PR “we plead the Fifth”. Somewhere somebody knows something?

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    • Agreed. I have to admit that it’s been pretty distressing to me that Beckwith had an “ankle injury” and has been a ghost ever since. Either it’s a more severe injury than advertised (they’re not telling us the whole story) or he’s pretty much quit football or our training staff sucks LOL

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  19. Eastend… No one said all those guys were locker room problems, just Jackson. Last years team was 5-11 but had the talent to be 11-5, had 7 games lost by 1 score and were predicted to make the playoffs… Humphries is being replaced by Godwin which should be an upgrade. Curry was useless for us last year and If Parkman or Watson can provide speed on the outside then Jackson will hopefully not be missed. Kwon needs to be replaced in the Draft or hopefully by Bucannon and Ada is taking back over the Play calling duties. We may have been 5-11 but there our talent was better than that which is why the Coaching will hopefully be the difference along with a few solid Draft picks… That is why most of us are hopeful…

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  20. *Hopefully David can take back over play calling duties…

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    • LOL David had the play-calling duties before Kwon (not that the defense was any good then either), so I’m sure he’ll be fine.

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  21. Bucs should Draft at 5 the best athletic period. But they will move back and ask for more picks, Last thing in the world they should ever do is trade next years draft for anything. New GM will have first pick in draft next year.
    This team moved backwards in Free agency, Only improvement is Head coach the OC / DC and most of the other coaches are huge downgrades……..

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    • I’m for drafting the best overall player at 5 if we stay there, as well. This team has too many needs, so no matter who you pick there, that player will almost certainly fill a need. However, if I had more confidence in Licht’s ability to draft and evaluate players, then I’d want them to move down and pick up more players. Licht has moved back in the 1st round twice to pick up more draft picks and failed both times. In 2016, the Bucs moved back to select Vernon Hargreaves, who hasn’t completely flamed out, but hasn’t reached his full potential. Meanwhile, Miami selected Xavien Howard. The Bucs 2nd rounders? Noah Spence and Aguayo. We all know how they panned out. Yannick Ngakoue was available in the 3rd round…just saying. Last year, Licht moved down for Vita Vea, who eventually started to look the part, but passed on pro bowler Derwin James. He most likely will miss on MJ Stewart and Ronald Jones while Donte Jackson (Panthers CB with 4 ints) and Kerryon Johnson (Detroit RB) were available.

      Sooooo, I’m scared for this draft.

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  22. @spitfire: I hope you’re right….I really do. The words of Lovie Smith are just ringing in my head “you are what your record says you are”. I suspect a lot of teams think they have a lot of “talent” (a.k.a POTENTIAL)…heard that many, many times over many, many decades….we’ll see. I hope you’re right.

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