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In this week’s edition of the Bucs Pewter Nation Podcast, Scott Reynolds, Mark Cook and Trevor Sikkema recap wild draft weekend. The gang gets into the Vita Vea pick, was it worth it? Was he the right choice? Then talk about their favorite picks form over draft weekend, and finally preview what each pick could mean in 2018 and beyond.

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  1. Cookie, I love ya man, you bring a lot of fire to this podcast and this site in general, but Defensive tackle was absolutely 120 percent still a need for this team after free agency.

    Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein are both career back-ups, and Gerald McCoy is 30 years old and has declined with every passing season. We were one injury away from being in the same exact predicament as we were last year.

    Vita Vea was an excellent pick that showed a great deal of sagacity and forethought from Licht. Much love and respect, hope I helped to ease the pain you feel in your heart about not getting James.

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    • Bingo!

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  2. If I was Jason Licht, I would have done exactly what he did in trading down to 12 and taking Vea with one caveat: I would sign Eric Reid to pair with Justin Evans. Compare Reid to ‘combine freak’ Derwin James:

    Ht Weight Arms Hands 40 yd Bench Vertical Broad Shuttle 3 cone
    Derwin James: 6′ 2 215 33″ 9 1/2″ 4.47 21 40.5″ 132″ 4.34 7.34
    Eric Reid(2013) 6′ 1 213 33 5/8″ 10″ 4.53 17 41″ 134″ 4.22 6.99

    Comparing Reid to Derwin you see: Derwin is a tick faster in the 40, 4 reps stronger in the bench and 1 inch taller. Reid has longer arms by half an inch, bigger hands, half an inch better vertical, better broad and better 3 cone. Both declared early as true juniors, Eric Reid was a consensus all-american, Derwin was not.

    Even if you preferred Derwin for whatever reason (be it his freshman year hype, or…his freshman year hype), you would have a tough time saying that Reid isn’t his equal in most respects in size or athletically.

    The Bucs would have the benefit of signing a guy who is not playing his first snaps in the NFL while making rookie mistakes, has a Pro Bowl under his belt and is still in his prime at 26 years old, which allows for the first round pick at the future at DT in Vea.

    Three things I would have done differently in the draft, pass on RoJo in Rd 2 to take Josh Jackson, then take Derrius Guice at 53 instead of MJ Stewart. In the 4th I would have taken Shaquem Griffin instead of Jordan Whitehead.

    All tolled: Bucs would have had Reid starting at safety with Evans, Vea at DT, Guice at RB, Jackson and Davis adding depth to CB, Griffin adding depth to LB/ST along with the other selections.

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  3. I’ve watched a lot of Jamal Morrow over the past few years. Don’t be surprised if he beats out Charles Simms as the recieving back or Rodgers. The dude runs hard and is very versatile. Had more rushing yards than you would think with a Mike Leach offense… I like the pick up

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    • Jordan, I missed the pick up of RB Jamal Morrow. Not one of the 14 UDFAs , not listed as one of 90 players on the Bucs roster. Maybe a tryout player trying to edge out one of the already signed UDFAs that has been invited to rookie camp on May 11, otherwise, I can’t find him.

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      • My bad. You are right, Greg Auman tweeted that he is a try out player… Well the odds might be even more against him but I would love to see him make it to camp, I believe he would be a great change of pace back.

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        • Hey, Don’t give up. He may be a long shot but you never know. Didn’t know him until you mentioned him. Didn’t have a highlight tape but I watched some game tape and he’s got skills. Hope he gets a shot!

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