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: Do you see Tampa Bay trading anyone away on draft night (O.J. Howard or Cameron Brate maybe)? Also do we trade up in first round to secure a Top 4 tackle?

Answer: Anything is possible, and you named the two guys – O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate – I would say would be the most likely candidates if Tampa Bay were to decide to trade any position on the roster. At the same time, I think when Tom Brady sees Howard in person, and gets a chance to see his athleticism, he may put in a word upstairs that the Bucs have quite a potential weapon for him.

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

The front office and and coaching staff already know they have a “potential” weapon, but so far it’s been more potential than production for Howard. This could be an example of the “Brady effect” so many talk about – his ability to elevate and maximize the skills of a player that may not have reached his full potential yet. If Brady doesn’t help Howard become the star he has the potential to be, then Howard will likely never achieve it.

As far as trading up the first round, that is something general manager Jason Licht hasn’t done – yet. Licht values draft picks a lot. And trading up in the first round could cost next year’s No. 1 or a number of 2020 picks, including the team’s second-rounder, and I don’t foresee Licht doing that. Tampa Bay picks at No. 14 and most likely has 15 or so guys they feel can come in and be impact players this season graded as true first-rounders. But if he were going to trade up for a player it would likely be Louisville’s mammoth offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, who could really help Tampa Bay’s ground game.

Now once out of the Top 15, then you begin seeing players that aren’t a lot different than early second-rounders in most years. So it would take a really good deal – meaning not too steep of a price – or Tampa Bay really coveting a player for the Bucs to move up.

I could see Tampa Bay moving down, however. If one of the top four offensive tackles aren’t there, and for example say South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw or Auburn’s Derrick Brown happen to be gone, then perhaps they target Houston tackle Josh Jones, and may feel they could move down a few spots to get him and pick up a couple extra picks in the process. The Bucs really must come out of the first two rounds with a right tackle to replace Demar Dotson.

Yet even moving down for Jones is a little bit of a gamble. No position, other than quarterback, rises as fast on draft night as offensive linemen do. Look at last season when small school tackle Tytus Howard went No. 23 to Houston and guard Chris Lindstrom went to the Falcons with the 14th pick. Both were highly-rated players, but not many expected them to go in the Top 25 two weeks before the draft.

Question: I keep seeing people saying the Bucs may draft a WR in the first round do you think that’s a possibility?

Answer: I can’t imagine them taking one at No. 14. That isn’t to say it is a bad idea. But with a pair of Pro Bowl wide receivers in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, plus tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard, add in the Bucs probably selecting a pass-catching running back at some point, it doesn’t seem to make a ton of sense to draft a player that is, at best, the third receiving option. There is only one ball to go around.

Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin
Bucs WRs Mike Evans and Chris Godwin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Most teams wouldn’t draft say a safety in the first round if they already had two Pro Bowlers at that position. Perhaps teams add a pass rusher, or maybe a linebacker in that circumstance, but I don’t think it would be wise to take a receiver that wouldn’t be one of a team’s top two players at his position in 2020.

That isn’t to say in a couple of years that a first-round receiver wouldn’t eventually take Evans’ spot, or if Godwin were to suffer a major injury for instance. But in the win-now mode that the Buccaneers are in this year, it just doesn’t add up for me. They will likely draft at least one receiver, but this year’s group of pass catchers is as deep as we have seen in a long time. Tampa Bay could get a second-round talent in the fourth round, and a fifth-round talent as an undrafted free agent.

Question: If something happened to Matt Ryan and Jameis Winston was not signed yet, do the Falcons and Dirk Koetter give Jameis Winston a call?

Answer: I can’t imagine a situation where Jameis Winston isn’t on a roster by the time training camp rolls around. So I don’t really think the question is realistic honestly. But let’s just say since you asked it, that Matt Ryan were to fall down the steps of his Atlanta mansion in June and snap his leg and is out for six months or so. Then the Falcons are in crisis mode.

Former Bucs QB Jameis Winston
Former Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

No one in the NFL knows Winston better than Dirk Koetter, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Falcons consider him. And I think Winston would jump at the opportunity to face his old team twice a year. Regardless of his compliments to the organization and the number of friends he has on the roster, Winston would relish in the chance to beat Tampa Bay. You won’t find a more competitive guy in the league than Winston.

With that said, Winston and Koetter didn’t have a perfect relationship. Some inside sources have told us that. And we know, from Koetter’s own admission, he preferred Marcus Mariota over Winston in the pre-draft process. However, if Ryan were somehow unavailable, they wouldn’t find another free agent quarterback out there that would be more ready to step in a lead the Falcons offense.

Question: Since a PR Draft Party is out of the question, how do you guys plan to cover the draft given our current restrictions?

Answer: That is still in the planning stages, but rest assured we will have some type of interactive coverage with our readers. The last few years we have hosted PewterReport.com’s Draft Videocast live from One Buccaneer Place for the entire three days of the NFL Draft. No other local outlet in Tampa Bay, and perhaps around the league, broadcasts live for all three days. We are certainly excited to add Jon Ledyard to the PR staff to fill the draft expertise that Trevor Sikkema provided to us over the years, and you can read Ledyard’s tremendous draft coverage all this month on PewterReport.com.

Unfortunately it will be much different this year than in the past due to the circumstances the NFL and the world are dealing with during this Covid-19 situation. There will not be any draft coverage from One Buccaneer Place as general manager Jason Licht will be phoning in the team’s selections from home. PewterReport.com will have more information coming out soon as we work out the logistics and plans for what we will be capable of doing this season in terms of our annual Draft Videocast.

If you missed it in the past, here is a sample video of one of our live Draft Videocasts, and you can also check out all of our YouTube content and subscribe by click here.

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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Pete Wood

We need picks. Please do not waste picks to trade up in the first.
And, for the love of God, don’t draft a QB or a WR in the first round. We need O-line help or a RB first.
I would be one hundred percent on board with trading down in the first and getting at least another second round pick and maybe more.

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Alldaway 2.0

Yeah I don’t see the value of trading up either. With this draft trading down works in the Bucs favor as it is deep with WRs, RBs, and DTs that the Bucs like. Also, the Bucs like a lot of the OTs in this draft beyond the big four and also like a lot of the interior OL. This is the draft where I would be very happy if the Bucs loaded up on picks with some trade downs.

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BigSombrero

Stop making sense! Lol.

100% agree that this is a great trade down situation unless Simmons, Okudah, or Herbert is there at 14.

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magoobee

Trading up in the first round is very expensive. The only reason to do it would be to get a QB. Licht does not waste picks in the 1st round but he does in rounds 3 & 4.

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Captain Sly

Lol. You almost made a Monday Mailbag without a Winston question.

As far as the draft everyone keeps panicking about the 4 OT being off the board! The Bucs at #14 are in prime position to get an impact player so no worries! Stay put BPA

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BigSombrero

If only Tom Brady saw OJ in person, he would be filled with Christmas dreams of sugar plum touchdown passes as OJ spikes the ball Gronk style time and time again. Sounds realistic. WR in round 1? Who thinks the Bucs should pay Mike Evans 20 million per season? Who thinks the Bucs can afford to pay Chris Godwin 20 million per season next year? If you answered no to those questions, then I would venture a guess that you’ve reasoned that a rookie WR that can replace Mike or Chris next year makes sense ASAP. Draft is in 10… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

Agree that we need to be thinking about what the WR looks like if we can’t make room to re-sign Evans and/or Godwin. Not sure rd1 is the place for that this year if one of the top 4 OT are still on the board. I think if they’re gone, I’d still go Kinlaw next if he’s there. If all 5 are gone, then I’d have to consider one of the top 3 WRs at that point, or trading down to target a different OT, S, or RB. I think we can get a good WR in rd 3 or… Read more »

BigSombrero

I agree there will be some great WR’s available later in the draft, much like RB and OT. No matter who the Bucs select at 14, I would hope the plan is to get immediate production.

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Naplesfan

With Tom Brady having a say in personnel decisions, as reported by Rick Stroud, it seems unlikely he would approve a trade of either of the tight ends unless it resulted in a net win for the offense, such as trading for a live player and not a draft pick or two. Such as if we traded Howard for a proven pass catching running back who has put up a thousand yard season or two. OJ performed very well in his first two seasons, and only underperformed last year because Arians’ offense penalizes tight end play. If Arians wants to… Read more »

Dman

I think Brate clearly out performed Howard over the same 2-3 years of their respective careers – including leading the league in TD’s for TE’s. His production only fell off after we drafted Howard and anointed him the starter and Brate’s reps got cut in half. To me Howard is “All Hat and No Cattle.”

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Naplesfan

The one trade that might make sense, in terms of pleasing TB-12 and meeting a couple of our needs on offense would be a trade with Carolina for Christian McCaffery in return for OJ Howard. That would also make sense for Carolina too. For the Bucs, getting McCaffery means getting a great running back who is also a great pass catching running back, with 2,492 all purpose yards last season. McCaffery is in the last year of his rookie contract, and recent experience has shown that running backs, after getting a big payday, all too frequently fall off in performance… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

Would be a great move on Madden. I don’t see Carolina giving up a superstar in McCaffery in exchange for a player at a less valuable position who hasn’t played as well, plus a 2nd/3rd rd pick. I wouldn’t do it if I were them. I think we probably wouldn’t get what we think we would for Howard.

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Dman

Exactly right on both counts @NC Greenbeard. No way Carolina parts with McCaffery unless it’s at a ridiculous cost in players and picks. And people thinking Howard will bring a RD2 or RD3 pick are drinking the same KoolAide the Bucs were when they drafted the guy. All potential, no production.

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BigSombrero

OJ produces…bobbled passes into interceptions or fumbles. Lol.

Hey, who knows though, maybe Jameis Winston’s passes were too hard to catch and Tom throws a much softer spiral.

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Dave

All potential no production? Jesus you people are impatient. He didn’t see a ton of passes his way his rookie year. His 2nd year he exploded onto the scene, and was a top 3 TE on a per game basis before getting hurt. Then last year he was stuck in an offense that hates throwing to TE’s, with a QB who completely bottomed out, and was only capable of hitting Evans or Godwin. I trust TB12 can get him the ball. It’s amazing that so many people are writing this dude off because of 1 bad year Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

I’m not necessarily writing him off. And I don’t really disagree with your summary of his career. But I don’t think we’d get more than a 4th right now for him. Best bet is to keep him and see if TB12 can get him back on track.

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Dave

NC Greenbeard. 100% agree. I’m not trying to get rid of him for nothing. That’s insane. He proved year 2 that he has too 3 upside at the position. He just needs a QB capable of getting him the ball, to stay healthy, and for BA to start featuring him more with TB at QB. Unless it was a 2nd rounder, I would not trade Howard. A 3rd or 4th isn’t enough. He has way too much talent, and he showed it as recently as 2018. This will be his 4th year in the league and he’s still only 25… Read more »

martinii

I sure hope between coaching and Brady throwing the ball OJ Howard can really make a difference this year. So far he is a “Looks like Tarzan, Plays like Jane type. I hope we don’t trade up, need all the picks we can get. Jones, Jackson, Isaiah Wilson could be trade back players or second round trade -ups. I wouldn’t rule out one of those talented DL prospects in the first. Finally don’t forget there is always that sleeper UDFA hanging around on Sunday to look forward to. (Example, Dotson, Brate, and Henderson.) Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No… Read more »

martinii

P.S. In the last 20 years only on one occasion did 4 Offensive linemen get drafted in the top 14 picks. in 2013 6 were off the board by 14.

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awwdembucs

I think the Bucs could possibly trade back some maybe 18 or 19 and still get 2 impact players. Personally I hope 1 off the top 3 tackles fall to 14.

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MizzouBucs24

Trading up to get a day one starting Right tackle might not be popular but it’s probably the right move. We have to keep Brady upright and can’t afford for him to take shots all year long. We want to play 20 games next year not just 16. I think we are in win now mode and that means doing things like trading up in round one. I don’t think this year is about just making the playoffs, it’s about being in the super bowl. I think this will be an offensive draft for us so no reason to wait… Read more »

NC Greenbeard

If we trade up to 10 or 12 it would probably cost us our rd3 and maybe a late pick this or next year depending on exactly what slot we get. Not a horrible cost but still not preferred step for me. Any higher and it will cost rd2, which I’m definitely not a fan of. Unless we’re eyeing competition for Matt Gay in rd2, in which case let’s make the trade !

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Dman

Not a fan of trading up. If the top 4 OT’s are gone then the Bucs draft Jones at 14 and not risk losing him…. unless they’ve convinced themselves there’s an OT that’s as good that no one is talking about, then maybe they trade down. So tired of the “potential” hype around OJ Howard. If the guy’s not a RD1 pick he’s on the practice squad. My guess is when Brady sees how easily he can build chemistry with Brate [as Winston did] than OJ becomes expendable. Too bad everyone’s locked down or these guys could have started working… Read more »

Dave

OJ will have a bounce back year like he had 2 years ago, and everyone will forget about last year. Every play has a down year. Funny how nobody mentions that BA is notorious for ignoring his TE’s. Its been that way his whole coaching career. If OJ is healthy, and TB gets input on the play calls, OJ will bounce back just fine. It’s amazing one down year erases his year 2 breakout. Had he not gotten hurt year 2, he was on pace for 55 rec 905 yards and 8 TD’s at 16.6 ypr Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

I would not trade up, possibly trade down if right price/situation. I would not draft RB & QB in first round. I may draft top rated cb or top 3 wr with 14th pick. If one of top 4 ot or top 2 dt are there @ 14. I’m taking one of those first.

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magoobee

If the 4 OT and Brown & Kinlaw are taken then probably Juedy or Lamb fell to #14. Why it makes sense to draft one of them (especially Juedy), is that Godwin is a FA next year and assuming he has a year like last year, he will command about $20m contract that the Bucs will not be able to afford.

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BDOG

Mark, what happened end of last year when lost Evans and Godwin to injury? We have Brady for two years, so better pick for Superbowl now. Thats why #14 WR is good option. ***NO O-LINEMAN IS HELPING US GET TO SUPERBOWL AS ROOKIE. ***Has an OL ever been offensive rookie of the year? NO! Why, because need 5 good OL not one good rookie OT. I would argue with game changer at #14, potential to be O- or D-rookie of the year. That’s why an outstanding WR makes sense. A 3rd WR is insurance to injuries, (see Perriman end of… Read more »

Dave

What the? Good god! No OLineman is helping us make the SB? Neither is a WR. Even if there is an injury, WR is the toughest position to make an instant impact day 1, outside of QB. And that’s so incredibly false that an OLineman can’t help us win a SB rookie year. Absolutely false. And also, OL don’t win ROY for the same reason only QB’s win MVP, or why LB’s always win DROY. Because they go by stats. A rookie LB can rack up 100+ tackles and get a couple sacks. A rookie QB or RB can fill… Read more »

Makski13

I wish everyone would quit saying that if our 2 WR’s go down, then the seasons over unless we draft one of the top 3 to fill in!! Does anybody realize how crazy that sounds! OK, let’s change the position, if we lose both our starting LB’s, White and David, then the seasons over so we better trade up for the #1 LB! If our 2 QB’s get hurt, we better trade up for Burrow. If 2 of our linemen get hurt, we better trade up for 2 of the 3 top tackles!! Everyone just chill out and we can… Read more »

Dave

Makski13. Exactly man! It’s insane that everyone is planning for 2021 with Godwins contract, or this year if both Evans and Godwin go down. You can’t draft based on hypothetical injuries or future potential contracts. And I also agree that if the top 4 tackles are gone that Jones isn’t worthy of the 14th pick. If the big 4 are gone, I’d like to trade back and get an extra 2nd rounder and maybe take A.Jackson late in the 1st. I’d rather Jackson over Jones. But if we can’t trade back, the top 4 tackles are gone, and Kinlaw is… Read more »

JBSouthpaw

A WR is dependent on a QB to get them the ball.
The QB is dependent on the line to give them time.

A RB is dependent on the line to give them holes.

A better than average line makes a whole offense better.

Look at Tenn. this last year. Their QB and RB have career years.
The rookie lineman doesn’t have to be all-pro, just not be the hole we’ve had.

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twspin

If the player we want is not there. Then trade back and get that 3 for 1. one in the late 1st and 2 in the 2nd.

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Dave

Agreed. If we can’t get who we want, trading back and picking up an extra 2nd would be ideal if we can pull it off

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scubog

Trade up. Trade down. Put your left foot in and shake it all around. Talking about doing the Hokie-Pokie this Draft has my head spinning. Yes, ideally the BPA at #14 is one of those OT’s everyone keeps calling the “Big 4”, the Bucs take him, he’s a rookie Pro Bowler (R.O.Y) and he turns out to be a RT fixture for the next decade. But it’s certainly in the realm of possibility that one or two of those “Big 4”, for which many are so enamored, becomes “Just a Guy” and one of the lesser discussed OT’s in a… Read more »

SenileSenior

LOL  ;D

From what I can tell no offensive tackle is a 95% or above guaranteed NFL ready, day one starter this year.  All would be rated for their perceived potential.  The Best Player Available this year at 14 could just as well be a linebacker, a cornerback, a wide receiver, a defensive tackle, a safety or an edge rusher. 

That’s what it’s all about.

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scubog

Thank you for the song ending. Cracked me up. “CMU” not LOL

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