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In this week’s edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema recap everything that happened at the 218 NFL Scouting Combine. They also take that knowledge into a heated debate over how the Bucs could let Robert Quinn and Michael Bennett get away, and whether or not “trying” can cut it anymore.

 

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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  1. Understand the logic in the way Licht and most GM’s in general seem to value draft picks, regardless of round, but definitely don’t agree with it. While there are examples of 4th-7th rounders becoming consistent starters and current and future HOF’s, the vast majority are out of the league within 3-5 yrs. Really curious to see what the team does in the 4th and 5th round next month.

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  2. The only idea worse than drafting a kicker in the 2nd round who is not named Jason Hanson is challenging Mark Cook to an 1980’s NFL trivia contest.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lee_(placekicker)

    If Roberto Aguayo happens to be wistfully listening to Bucs podcasts he now knows of another kicker he can reach out for advice on how to handle his…..situation.

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  3. Also color me shocked when I heard that Mark Cook stated that Scott was “looking at it more from the Jason Licht perspective.” While it’s nice to say that the price tag of the players shows that they aren’t well thought of around the league, veterans who are acquired in trades rarely go for first round picks in recent history unless they are QB’s or Mark Dominik is trying to save his job.

    Chandler Jones was roughly as good as any young pass rusher as you’ll find and was traded went for a 2nd round pick and bust Jonathan Cooper from Arizona. Chandler has 28 sacks for an average of 14 sacks a year since the Cards gave up the 2nd rounder.

    LeSean McCoy has rushed for 3k yards and 22 TD’s in the three years since he was dealt to Buffalo for Kiki Alonso.

    DeMarco Murray rushed for almost 1300 yards and 9 TD’s the season after the Cowboys and Titans agreed to swap 4th round picks for him.

    Randy Moss was traded to the Patriots for a 4th round pick before catching 1493 yards 23 TD’s the following year. Moss had 50 TD’s receiving in 3 years and 4 games for the Pats after that trade.

    In the past year Sammy Watkins goes for corner EJ Gaines and a 2nd and Kelvin Benjamin goes for a 3rd and 7th rd pick. And who could forget the best trade of all, the 5th round pick Jason Licht gave up to Detroit for George Johnson because he botched the language of RFA tender? Just because the value of the pick isn’t high doesn’t mean the players won’t immediately contributed to the roster and there are a number of examples that show it.

    The Robert Ayers 9.5 sack comparison is bunk. That was Robert’s only season where he had more than 5.5 sacks in 7 seasons before he signed with the Bucs. Robert Quinn has 62.5 career sacks for an average of 9 sacks a year, roughly the same number as the single peak year of Robert Ayers career.

    I don’t know how Jason Licht got Scott to be his personal PR guy, but props to Jason, when the facts aren’t on your side, it’s best to have someone like Scott to consistently vouch for you.

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  4. Not buying.

    Proven NFL veterans are going for 4th round picks or even later picks is too good to pass up. A 2nd for Chandler Jones was a gamble but given his age that was a gamble worthwhile from the Cards perspective.

    Plus, if Licht values those late picks that much he can always trade down in the 2nd or third round.

    And if the Bucs really want to force the issue they can trade away their own veterans for 5th, 6th or 7th rounders by stating they are open for business.

    Bottom line is the Bucs FO need to be smarter with player acquisitions.

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    • Chandler Jones was a 26 year old former 1st round pick with 36 sacks in his first 4 season (9 a season), I don’t have a clue what gamble you are referring to. He was going to be expensive to retain for the Pats, that was it.

      And if rumors are true, Dolphins offered a 4th and a swap of 6ths for Robert Quinn. Licht offered a 4th. If Licht offered the same swap of 6ths he had the better offer as he had better picks. Licht also very likely gave away a 3rd round comp pick this year by signing Desean Jackson. Hope everyone thinks he was worth it.

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  5. Wow…There sure seems to be a lot of hyperventilating and lighting of torches regarding these trades that didn’t go our way. I get the frustration. Our defense stinks and we know the main culprit. Still, I’m always skeptical about free agency from a Bucs perspective because we are generally really awful at it. For every Hardy Nickerson or Vincent Jackson signing, we get a whole slew of Alvin Harpers, Bert Emmanuels, Charlie Garners, David Bostons, Jeremy Stevens, Derrick Wards, Dashon Goldsons, Gabe Carimi, Major Wrights, Anthony Collins, Michael Johnsons, Swaggy Bakers, and there’s plenty more but I’m tired of typing. That is a world of bad spread across multiple GMs. There must be something in the water at One Buc Place. So, I’m almost resigned to the fact we need to draft (draft well, obviously) and just continue to suck on defense for another year or two until those picks develop. That’s a bitter pill to swallow but I just don’t see any other way. If this is Jason Licht’s philosophy – draft for the good of the long-term future of the team as Scott suggested (and I don’t believe Scott is not part of the Bucs PR team as some claimed) – then, my hats off to him and I wish him well at his next job because he’s finishing out this contract and being shown the door)
    One thing that has not been mentioned is that this direction may be coming from the Glazer’s. The word may be out from on high that the front office better not: 1) bring in a bunch of guys on expensive contracts and 2) sacrifice draft picks in doing it. I believe they are on record as being big believers in building through the draft. And didn’t they fire the most successful coach the team has ever had for proposing a plan of aging veterans coming to the rescue?
    Scott, Mark, Trevor – GREAT podcast as always. I listen to about five Bucs/Tampa Bay sports related podcasts over the course of the week and yours is the best by far. Super team chemistry, humor, and analysis. Keep up the good work and look forward to the next one!

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