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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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    This article is still on the subject of Howard so I’ll just repeat my previous post.

    I’m not surprised O.J. Howard was there as evidenced by my mock draft as I had the Bucs taking him.


    I think his value is right where we took him so in that sense I think it was a good pick. It’s hard for me to get too excited about a TE in the first round (would rather have had an OT), but certainly better than taking Hargreaves last year. We’re off to a good start with with draft, let’s keep it tomorrow. I truly believe the league will be divided 5 years from now based on how teams draft Friday night, not tonight. There is a LOT of talent still left at the CB, RB, DE and LB position that we need to take advantage of. Go Bucs!

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      Look at it like this.
      He is a good blocker. Always was a Bama. Stick him on the end and let him help the tackles.
      He’s not going to take on Von Miller one on one, but he is a very capable blocker. I did not even consider him in my mock. I just knew he’d be gone in top 10. I have been clamoring for help on the line all off season.
      This is as close I’ll get to being totally happy. It’s a great pick.
      GO BUCS

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      So you were warm on the TE pick, but would’ve wanted us to overdraft in a mediocre Tackle class?

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      Julian Jordan

      Watch his tape blocking Myles Garrett. It’s like drafting an extra OT.

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    As the Draft was unfolding, with teams drooling all over themselves to take one of these mediocre QB’s, I kept thinking Howard had a chance to get to us if he got past the Titans. When they took the CB, I’ll bet Licht and Koetter couldn’t wait to turn in the card for Howard. T.E.’s like this are just so rare these days. I wonder if he jumped in the pool to celebrate.

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      I’d be careful about generalizing. I believe Watson is going to be a super quarterback. In many ways he reminds me of Jameis Winston … extremely intelligent, big body, loves to pass, and sometimes makes too risky passes that he, like Jameis, will learn to tone down.

      The other QBs taken last night – meh.

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        Another way that Desaun Watson is like Jameis: he is said to be a huge student of the NFL game, every week he rolls up his sleeves with the coaches to analyze many hours game film and game-plan the offense. Dabo Swinney is said to have virtually annointed Watson as a member of his coaching staff, in effect.

        Sound familiar?



          I still can’t figure how those other QB’s went ahead of Watson. I will take a winner all day every day over a project. Watsion will be the best qb of this class, and I agree with you about the similarities to Jameis outside of the system they played in in college.



            Agree, he should have gone first. But it turned out best for him in the long run. He’s got a solid offense to QB and one of the best defenses in the league to keep them in games. Wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him win ROY award and make the team make the playoffs. I’m rooting for him, other than when they play the Bucs of course.

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        Watson is the only one I liked, but he’s no Jameis or he would have been taken much sooner. The real head-scratcher for me was the Trubisky pick. The guy only started 13 games and lost 5 of them. Time will tell.

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    We are just getting our heads wrapped around this unexpected pick … the initial talk being all about OJ’s receiving skills. But listening to his words it hit home with me that our running game just got a lot better, because we’ve now got another high quality three down run blocker on the field. Adding in healthy Sweezy and an apparently (so far, at least) health Doug Martin, I think we can expect a much better run game this season!

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    The Bucs will be hard to defend this year. A lot of times teams are tipped off whether it’s going to be a run, or a pass play by the tight end that lines up. With Howard, they will be able to disguise their plays a little better because he does both well, block and catch. But even if teams know what’s coming, they have a tough decision on who to focus on. This pick helps us in so many ways, I don’t think we’ve even begun to have an idea how Koetter can use this kid.

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      Look at how Koetter used Tony Gonzales. Now I”m not saying he will be a Ho Fer , but Koetter loves two tight end sets. I like to say, look at our first game last year, the only game we had all of our pieces and two good pass catching TE’s. We hung 36 on Atlanta. It should be fun to watch that’s for sure Dude.Love the screen name by the way.

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        “That rug really tied the room together”


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        Good point, it’s going to be exciting even if all we have is Martin in the backfield. If history teaches us anything here, this should be a good year for Martin since it alternates every other year. And, thanks for the comment on the name.

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