BREAKING NEWS: GRUDEN SAYS HE WANTS TO COACH AGAIN

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Mark Cook

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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    Alldaway 2.0

    Productive catcher and runner and good value in the 5th round. Worth it as a project to keep around to develop.

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    cgmaster27

    Haha , it’s like Tampa said here is your clone Dougie. If you don’t succeed, you will be replaced. All joking aside, he’s a much better catcher than Dougie. His measurables are almost identical to Dougs coming out of the combine. It was definitely the best RB left on the board in terms of production so that’s a good thing. I’m rooting for him as we need a little infusion at rb.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    I would not be surprised if McNichols replaces Sims once Sims’ contract is up. But yes, this is the plan B for the Bucs if Martin has another slump.

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      Ron Gibson

      I agree. Sims has been a let down, IMO. This guy appears to have much better hands and can/wants to pass block plus has had monster production in college. He is also coming in already familiar with Koetter’s offense. I dunno where he’ll end up on the depth chart but he looks to be a lock to make the roster and will improve our group of RBs. Sims might stick and Barber might be the one to go though.

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        plopes808

        Not so sure about that one…I think Barber has been impressive between the tackles. This guy seems to fit the mold of Sims a little more

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          Ron Gibson

          I agree to an extent and that went through my mind. Barber is probably the closest thing we have to a “pile mover”. Also since I posted that I didn’t have the complete picture of Sims injury problems. He is too often hurt. Sims is also a liability when he has to block in pass coverage. This morning I’m leaning more to dumping Sims if room is needed.

          You now I really like what I saw from Jack Rodgers last year. He’s a no nonsense hard runner. I hope he can come back this year strong and healthy.

          I noticed something interesting – The Bucs have really added a gaggle of midrange targets, guys that are comfortable and explosive past the LBs and in front of the safetys. Also that RB we got could be a great addition for swings, screens and wheel routes. Toss Brate and the new WR in the mix – This gives plenty of outlet options to Winston on the scramble drill or when the blitz gets too heavy.

          Next years passing game ought to be really interesting and fun to watch. If our hands picks just do an half way decent job it is going to be a nightmare for the defenses we face.

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            plopes808

            Agreed, our passing game looks scary! Pick your poison, there’s no way to cover everyone. This should also open things up in the run game as well

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    jme0151

    After the first round this draft is an D-. Wasted chances. An injured LB?? That’s going to be helpful and we actually moved up for him. Might as well have moved up and drafted another kicker.

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      SCLOBERNOCKER

      That injured LB will anchor SAM once he returns. Bank on it.

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        Ron Gibson

        I’m surprised that so many are missing that we were way too thin at SLB and we lost a guy too from last year. In a nickle package we can use Spence but we needed a true run stuffing SLB. The reports I’ve read say he’ll be healthy by preseason.

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          scubog

          Love the name “Ron”. They’re missing it because they don’t really pay attention to the current roster which, by the way, lost it’s starting Sam LB and expected either the 2016 6th rounder coming off an injury, (Bond……Devante Bond) or undrafted F/A’s (Lynch, Knox, Glanton) to replace him.

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      plopes808

      Good news is he’s already running and cutting. He should be ready in time for camp. We needed a Sam to fill the void left by Daryl Smith retiring and we found one in the bottom of the 3rd. Time will tell but it seems like we got a good value thanks to the injury

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    chXmcd

    Evans will be a steal if he can correct his problem with missing tackles. his aggressiveness in the back will be something this defense has missed in the back side for a while. he has awesome range and can really make this defense special with his elite physicality. think about the difference in energy we get from kwon compared to David. both great LBs but kwon has a level of aggression that’s infectious to our front 7. that’s the same effect evans can have to our back end. Great pick Bucs !

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    fl0nase

    I see a lot of fans upset, primarily about the Evans pick more than any other. I don’t watch college ball so I won’t gainsay someone else’s preferred pick but just wanted to add something that has been referenced but not said outright that I’ve seen in these comments. Tackling, and open field tackling especially has a lot to do with will and drive as much as anything else. Especially when tackling a 240lb back or tight end. Evans CAN be taught how to tackle in the NFL, how to have a better sense of when to go for the hit, etc. You can’t teach fearlessness and motor. Evans and Beckwith have motor for days and physicality. Regardless of how it pans out for them you definitely want those qualities. Simeon Rice was interviewed a while back and his comments posted on PR and he said the D lacked killers. I like the idea of these players and what I see in highlights because the best D’s always play a little angry. I’m excited to see them hit the field. The other pick I’m pumped about is Godwin. Guy is solidly built, cool as a cucumber making a contested catch. He looks like he’s going to be a chain moving machine.

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    owlykat

    Did you notice that Licht is from Idaho? That explains why he has stuck with the Muscle Hamster from Boise State, despite his durability and trust issues and poor production last year before he was hurt, and ignored our local USF Superior Running Back and all FSU Fans wanting Cook right along with Jameis; both these backs can take it to the house. Instead he has used our fifth pick to draft another Boise State poor clone of shrimp Dougie. Hopefully the new guy is no druggie like the Muscle Hamster. When Peterson is running all over the Bucs for the Saints next year who got him for only 3.5 million, this explains why Licht blew him off too with his superior know it all grin. I agree Licht signed two outstanding free agents this year, and I expected Licht to out draft our opponents but it didn’t happen. If this costs us another year without making the playoffs Licht should be fired. Seriously, even the Rookie GM with the Forty Niners did better drafting than Licht and would have been a lot cheaper than Licht and also is on our Ring of Honor. Licht should never be, if this poor draft is any indication.

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    Dman

    Charles Simms replacement.

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    Buc 1976

    Try to trade Simms

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      scubog

      There’s only one “m” in Sims. Why do people keep adding it?

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    surferdudes

    All the backs we now have will have to earn their jobs. I think Barber, Quizz, McNickel wil stick. We’re only going to keep four backs. When Martin is ready to return week four a decision barring injury will have to be made.

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    madisond

    love this pick, hoping they would get him. I follow BSU, watched most of his games. He’s a great pick especially getting him in the 5th. I think he’ll jump ahead of Sims quickly.

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