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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: Who are the Bucs going to draft?
Answer: I’m glad you asked. In fact no need to even watch this upcoming week as Pewter Report has the latest and final Bucs 7-Round Mock Draft where we tell you what Tampa Bay will do. Of course I am kidding. Not only do we not know for sure who the Bucs will draft, they don’t know for sure who they will draft. But Scott Reynolds gives it his best shot in this feature.
The Pewter Reporters offered up who we think the Buccaneers will take with their first pick on Thursday night in the latest PR Roundtable that you can check out here. I have Tampa Bay going offensive line with my pick of Alabama center Landon Dickerson. As I wrote, the bust rate for offensive linemen is the lowest of the other positions in the draft. The Buccaneers – and really all NFL teams – can always use quality players in the trenches.
Of course you can always take a look at the latest mock draft roundup we do weekly this time of year. We scour the internet and see what the draft pundits and so-called experts think it will go for the Bucs front office this weekend.
Question: There are a couple of promising linebackers that might be available when we pick, like Jamin Davis. I know it’s not a position of need yet, but then again, neither is wid receiver. Has the team shown any interest?
Answer: We know of about half-a-dozen off-ball linebackers the Bucs have met with leading up to the draft. Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis is not one of them (that we know of). I’m sure there are some unknown prospects at all positions that the team has met with. Davis is probably one of them. Most of the linebacker meetings we are aware of have been with Day 3-caliber players. Guys like Purdue’s Derrick Barnes and North Carolina’s Chazz Surratt. The exception is Tulsa’s Zaven Collins, who will be viewed by some as a hybrid type of player. Davis probably isn’t on the board at No. 64. So he’d need to be the Bucs’ first-round pick, which would be a shocker.
Question: Jason Licht has stated the Bucs may not have enough roster spots for all their draft picks. What are the chances they trade away some picks to move up in the first round?
Answer: I suppose anything is possible. However, moving up seems more unlikely than moving down instead. You make a valid point that if the Bucs feel comfortable with their current roster and don’t really feel a majority of the players drafted this upcoming weekend will even make the roster, perhaps there is a player in the first round they really want and decide to make a bold move and trade up for that particular guy. The question then becomes what position and which player is the one the team would target? That’s something we can’t really pinpoint. A lot depends on how things unfold in front of them as the draft gets underway.
Another possibility besides moving up or down is trading picks this year for picks next year. While it would make for an anti-climatic three days for Bucs fans and even us in the media, that makes a lot of sense. That also depends on which players the Bucs have in their Top 32, and then down from there. It also depends on what teams might offer for the Bucs’ No. 32 pick.
This isn’t a great overall draft. It’s even more difficult to gauge and scout players due to the number of guys who opted out of the 2020 season, the cancellation of the NFL Scouting Combine and the inability to get prospects inside the building.
Question: Do you think the Bucs have a legitimate shot on making it to the Super Bowl again?
Answer: Not only does Tampa Bay have a legitimate shot to make it back, it likely will be favorites to win it in 2021. Of course the Chiefs were the favorites to win it all this past season. While they did make it back with a chance to repeat, they ran into the hottest team in the NFL that peaked at the perfect time. Plus, they suffered some critical injuries to their offensive line that allowed the Buccaneers to take claim the Lombardi Trophy.
It is hard to repeat in the NFL. Really hard. As good as the Tom Brady dynasty with the Patriots was over the 20 years be spent in New England, they were only to repeat just once during that time. Before that you have to go back to the late 1990s to find a team (Broncos 1997-1998) to repeat as back-to-back champs.
The Buccaneers will give it their best shot. If they can stay healthy and come into the season hungry, they have an excellent chance to get to the Super Bowl next February in Los Angeles. Now can they repeat? That will be the goal. But history suggests it will be extremely difficult.
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