Cook’s 2019 Bucs’ Draft Picks

Round 1 (No. 15 from Washington) – Alabama T Jonah Williams – Junior

The Bucs are tempted to stay at No. 5, but after giving up giving up two No. 2’s (2019, 2020) to the Cardinals in the trade for Patrick Peterson, the temptation of the quarterback-needy Redskins offer is too much to pass up. In my Bucs Battle Plan, I have the Bucs releasing long-time veteran Demar Dotson. Tampa Bay needs a younger player to develop for the future who comes a little cheaper as well. Williams is projected anywhere from a Top 5 pick to a mid-first-rounder, and Tampa Bay is ecstatic to see Williams available at No. 15. Williams played both tackle positions for the Crimson Tide but is projected to be a better right tackle in the NFL who in a pinch could fill in for Donovan Smith if need be.

Round 2 (No. 46 from Washington) – Memphis RB Darrell Henderson – Junior

While the team hasn’t given up on 2018 second-rounder Ronald Jones, Arians and his staff want more juice on the field from the running back position. While Peyton Barber is a steady, dependable player, Henderson gives the team a home-run threat when he has the ball in his hands. Henderson rushed for 3,545 yards and 36 touchdowns during his career at Memphis and the team hopes he can step in immediately and take some pressure off Jameis Winston, and keep opposing defensive coordinators guessing.

Round 3 – No. 70 – Michigan DE Chase Winovich – Senior

Former Michigan standout Chase Winovich isn’t the most gifted athlete at his position in the draft, but is a high-motor guy who you have to drag off the field. Think Carl Nassib, but with a nasty streak and alpha male attitude. Winovich finished his Wolverine career with 166 tackles (43 for loss), 18.5 sacks and also a fan favorite and will fit in nicely with the rotation of young and veteran defensive linemen on the Bucs roster.

Round 4 – No. 107 – Miami DT – Gerald Willis III – Senior

The Buccaneers go back-to-back on the defensive line with Gerald Willis, who had a terrific senior season at Miami where he had 59 total tackles, but with 18 of those for a loss. Willis also added four sacks for the Hurricanes and should immediately be able to step in and earn playing time in the new Bucs defense. A massive mountain of a man, Willis will be hard to move up front, but will need to work on some technique things in the NFL. Still the Bucs can’t believe Willis is still on the board with the 107th pick.

Round 5 – No. 145 – Oklahoma G – Dru Samia – Senior

The Bucs are desperate to find better guard play in 2019 after watching the turnstiles of Caleb Benenoch and Alex Cappa struggle last season. At 6-5, 300 pounds, Samia has the size and the film to make the Bucs front office believe he can step in and compete right away. Samia’s tape shows above average footwork in pass protection and an ability to recognize twists, stunts and blitzes. Samia was a four-year starter for the Sooners, including at tackle as a freshman, and the teams loves his toughness and grit.

Round 5 (No. 153 from Washington) – Elon OT Oli Udoh – Senior

A small school player who the Bucs won’t need to rush into the starting lineup, Udoh gives the team a project with a ton of upside. After a standout week in St. Petersburg for the East West Shrine Game, Udoh got the invite to Mobile and proved he belonged during the Seniot Bowl week, While a tackle in college, many feel his best spot in the NFL will be at guard, a position the Bucs could use more help and depth at.

Round 7 – No. 215 – LSU DT Ed Alexander – Junior

Alexander had an up and down career in Baton Rouge, starting his career as a member of the SEC All-Freshmen team, but dealt with nagging injuries. Alexander is a space eater and at 330 pounds, he will be good fit at nose tackle in the new 3-4 defense the Bucs will run.

Click the next page for my “Way Too Early” Projected Bucs’ 53-Man Roster.

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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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Pete Wood

I like this plan a lot, my favorite so far. I love that you are keeping Humphries. Only two disagreements. I do not think trading two second round picks for a CB is a wise move. I’d rather have the picks, to be honest. And, although I love the trade down with Washington, I think we could get a lot more than their first, a second, and a fifth for moving up ten slots. Teams that need QBs are desperate. I’d suggest we could get their first, second, third and their second for next year. Seriously. The way I see… Read more »

fredster

This one is somewhat pie in the sky IMO with Peterson and all home town discounts etc. who knows but lot of this seems far fetched. I think they need to throw more at the O line too and go overboard like they did last year with D line. Starts up front period and that’s most important piece that needs improved on offense.

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EricNV

“pie in the sky” was exactly what I was thinking as well. I think it is far more likely the Bucs go after Tyran Mathieu than Landon Collins since Mathieu would cost less and is a free agent this coming season, if I remember correctly. Too many OT drafted early in the 1st round don’t pan out, so I could see the Bucs still drafting a DT in the first round even though McCoy is likely to stay a Buccaneer as of last Friday. They’ll wait for the 3rd or 4th round to take an OT. I conditionally agree with… Read more »

e

Mark, I’d have to say that I like your plan the best. That would be a hell of a draft… As Pete Wood was saying, I don’t know that continually trying to build the team through signing or trading for high-priced veterans is the way to go. Licht has not shown a lot of success in that area. My concern for this season is how quickly is the new 3-4 scheme going to be locked in before it becomes rote for the players? Are we going to have to endure a half of a season of learning curves before the… Read more »

FLBoy84

While there’s sure to be a learning curve, we’ll be in nickel between 60-70% of the time, and the Jets actually played 7 DB’s on occasion, with 4 of them being safeties. Would expect there to be a few guys added that have familiarity with Bowles and his staff that will be able to assist in teaching the concepts, which should lessen the curve.

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e

I hope that’s the case… Kinda scary to be leaning on the DBs for that high of a percentage throughout a game.

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edwamil83

I guess you guys are putting them up in order of believability. Look forward to tomorrow’s that has us clone Reggie White.

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surferdudes

Would not give up that much for an ageing corner, think we can get a solid vet FA. I like the idea of moving on from Dotson, a year over due IMO, with a solid tackle from a big time program. Williams would add a lot of talent to the O line, it needs it. If we’re moving to a 3-4 defense your plan Mark doesn’t account for that. Bringing back Kwon, who might not even be ready to start the season? No FA LB’s, or not drafting any? Better re think that strategy. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00… Read more »

dexfields22

A draft that’s defense heavy but the Bucs two first picks will be offense??If someone offers Humphries over 2.5 million dollars a year u let him walk.Over rating our players like always!!He has no elite speed or quickness.If you line him out wide there is no separation from the corner but u think he’s worth 6.6 million a year?

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Horse

What happened to good coaching with young & hungry players versus a bunch of seasoned players who have proven in the past no coaching is going to make them any better than what they are now? I’m not feeling it with any of PR’s battle plans.

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BucRy

Didn’t the bucs already come out and say they are keeping McCoy? I’m guessing you guys wrote these before it was said?

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BucRy

I’m a bit confused cause you guys posted on here just a couple of days ago that the bucs will retain McCoy…so which is it?

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BucRy

understood, thanks for the clarification and nice plan Mark.

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76Buc

Okay, where to start. I like the draft pick because it all starts up front on both sides of the ball. However, I understand GMC is staying so you can scratch some of the DTs in the draft. The OL is an obvious issue as they got stonewalled in the run game and were a turnstill in the passing game. However I don’t like starting rookies and neither does BA. We can find a decent mid-round rB in the draft. Unless Jim Brown has found a magic youth elexor, a good RB who can catch and block is all we… Read more »

Makski13

We understand it is just your prediction, But I agree, why put Beckwith outside and David inside? I also don’t think Nassib is a good fit in a true 3-4. That is why CLE cut him. He is a much better fit in a 4-3 and I think he will rotate in when we are in nickel.

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Spitfire

Don’t forget, Bowles and Arians stressed they aren’t going to squeeze players into a Defense, they will build it around what we have… We have some really good players to build around, it could be something never seen before… Can’t wait to find out what is to come…

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GrayBalls

Don’t feel bad about that, 76. They’ve made vats of the “kool-aid” and are still on back order. Most fans are buying into the hype, myself included. Thing is, this time it feels real.

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fredster

76Buc a agree we need at least one more play maker in secondary and second the Homey Badger. I think we give up way too much for Peterson here and not sure they would let him go anyways.

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76Buc

fredster my thoughts exactly about Peterson.

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fredster

Honey lol

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Captain Sly

I don’t know which plan is worse yours or Scott’s. Why give away all those picks for Peterson a CB and take on that salary. Your plan guarantee losing and coaches getting fired and rebuild in 2020. (Hypothetically) if we’re going for a title how about we give away three 1st Rd to Dallas for LT Smith and take on his salary at least it solves our biggest problem.

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Spitfire

I think you guys have all done a good job of providing various different great ideas. I Love that CB and Safety were addressed, I just think we may have to rely of guys like Adams, who played like a Pro Bowl Safety when he finally got playing time in the last few games, to take over a Starting job or Stewart being a quick learner at Safety if we want to be have a chance to fill out the team with such little Cap Space. I Love the Williams pick at 1 but RG is our true weakpoint. Good… Read more »

Dubcity6

Yea by far my favorite plan. You address the OL, the running game, and you target defensive players wherever you can. I dont know how realistic getting Patrick Peterson is, or Collins, but i love the moves. Just hate that the consensus is a 3-4 defense even tho they lack the players for it

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Bucsfan1983

So far I got, Scott’s plan as grade D.

Trevor’s plan, grade B

Cook’s plan, grade B.

They only think keeping me from giving Cook a B+ or A, is not keeping GMC.

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BigSombrero

Hey Mark Cook! You’re hired as the new GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

Favorite battle plan so far.

I like the idea of taking defense in the draft since its loaded with talent, but wouldn’t be upset with a trade down that still nets a decent replacement for Dot in the middle of the round.

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martinii

Plan has good points. I like the draft picks but I don’t think J Williams falls to 15. I’m not a Patrick Peterson fan would be satisfied with the Honey Badger. Glad you kept Hump but hate to see McCoy go. I think all three of you guys are leaning toward a 3-4 too much. I think we will see it a lot more but 4-3 will still be dominant defense. Finally I think Matt Bryant has had a great career but outdoors in the elements I don’t think we are going to break the curse. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb… Read more »

Spartan01

Nice one Mark! Here’s a 53 man roster iteration I’ve been messing around with over the last few weeks. No picks for player trades or trading down. Did one with LeVeon Bell in there, but team became a little unbalanced.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OyzH5XKRnTT-P47sKvsWM5RH4Epg9PFAumP0vTz6iAU/edit?usp=sharing

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FLBoy84

Tough to see the Bucs outbidding everyone for Collins and getting the Peterson from AZ, but anything is possible. More realistically, think we’ll see a couple ex-Jets added such as Mike Pennel or Henry Anderson and Mo Claiborne or Buster Skrine to provide vet depth at DL and CB and bring familiarity with the system. Do see Mathieu being a stronger possibility to be added as well for S depth over Collins.

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FLBoy84

Not just Peterson, but “THE” Peterson lol

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GrayBalls

Lol… I had to read that twice to make sure I seen’t it right. Looking at career stats, “THE” Peterson seems appropriate

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skipper

Each one of these writers battle plans have some creative ideas, I enjoyed reading.

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GrayBalls

To this point, each battle plan has left a lot to be desired. Collectively, though, an incredible and realistic plan could be formed

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Erik Jager

Mark’s ambitious plan has merit and flaws. No way that T Johan Williams falls to 15th pick. Laughable. Cody Ford or Greedy Smith maybe. A Deshawn trade might get a fourth or fifth round pick to the right team like the Browns or Cardinals or Raiders. He would be a short term investment. Losing McCoy would weaken the pass rush and run defense. Trading for a CB or S makes sense or a possible free agent. I agree with his cuts ideas. Trading back with Denver makes more sense. Another second pick and future third round pick. Rate this item:Thumb… Read more »

skipper

Like to see the harsh critics of these battle plans come up with their own. So easy to be the arm chair critic.

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GrayBalls

These “harsh” , “arm chair” critics are also not having their thoughts monetized. Most commenters who have a criticism of something one of the PR writers published have offered their remedies to the problem THEY see. Don’t expect a 3-page survey of the landscape followed by thoughts on correcting the divots and a plan of attack on razing the land. I get your point, though

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Borkdog

Decent ideas, love the trades, love the dumps, EXCEPT keeping Benenoch, seriously worst player Bucs ever had as starter, watch the film, Bye, Bye yesterday, better yet, would have cut last year during season! PLUS I would let Hump and Brate roll to keep GMC, really a stud, and has ALWAYS represented! CANNOT be weak in the middle of the field!!! Watch Alexander, NEVER has been a MLB, (on outside at LSU, NO NOSE for ball, its innate), and watch Beckwith- has nose and fits nicely in middle but whats up with injury status? Take off Bucs goggles, Alexander with… Read more »

BucFan circa76

I grade Mark’s as my fave, followed closely by Trevor. However, the Peterson trade with the Cards is a pipedream IMO. I dont believe anyone in Arizona’s front office will be anxious for Arians to succeed here after his one year “retirement”, and if he does they surely dont want to be one of the benefactors…..

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Ja'crispy

This is prolly the best one so far. Pros: adding Patrick Peterson and Landon Collins. These guys will greatly improve our secondary. Adding RB help. Darrell Henderson is really good. Cons: not adding a LB in free agency or the draft. not adding DT help until the later rounds. That DT depth would worry me.

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EastEndBoy

Like the others, some good some bad. I don’t understand signing D Smith long-term, then using the 5th pick on a OT. That’s a very high pick for a RT, or that’s a lot of FA money for a RT (if you were thinking of moving D Smith). Don’t get me wrong, I like the use of the 5th on an OT, but only if franchise Smith. I think you’ve just swapped one huge defensive problem (the terrible 2018 secondary) for a new one (Vea, Edwards and Willis as our DTs…ouch). Yes, the secondary looks much better (although personally I… Read more »

EricNV

Great series of playing GM by all three of you guys, Mark! It definitely helps keep a keen interest in the Bucs while we’re all waiting to see the moves the Bucs actually make next month and in April. Even disagreeing with several of your moves, I find it interesting to see such a diverse range of opinions from all three of you.

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toofamiliar17

Not being a jerk, honestly asking – did I miss something? If you trade our first rounder for Peterson, where does the pick for Jonah Williams come from? How are we trading back from 5 if we’ve already traded 5 for Peterson? So yea, what did I miss? In regards to the plan, the Peterson trade sounds ridiculous to me. How anyone could propose trading much MORW for Peterson than we did for Revis, when we saw Revis’s play fall off within just a couple years of being taken, is totally beyond me. Smart organizations don’t look at a 28… Read more »

toofamiliar17

I don’t get all the love for this one, Mark. I mean no offense, but I dislike most of this. I already discussed the Peterson trade and the first round pick that I don’t think exists any longer above. In addition to that, I hate the long term deal for Smith. He’s a bad player. Nothing more needs to be said about it that hasn’t been said before, I don’t think. Landon Collins is a super sketchy signing, IMO. The total lack of work done on the gaping hole at RG is a problem. In this plan, we cut four… Read more »

wnb0395

Familiar, we traded our 2round pick this year and next for Peterson. Not our first. Then he traded back and reaquires a 2nd round pick from Washington.

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Dman

Mark, you’ve got to be kidding me trading away years of picks for a guy that may only have a year or so left. Feels like Revis all over again. Agree with Landon Collins and I’d love to grab a veteran CB and RB in FA or maybe as part of a trade for GMC or D-Jax. Most teams will be looking for us to just release both those guys, but a creative GM could find a deal for a decent, younger player and a low draft pick. Draft should be heavy on lineman on both sides of the ball,… Read more »

inspecto

If we end up with 3-4 2nd rd picks, I want to know where are the 2nd rd picks from the last 4 yrs???
Do we trust Licht to use them????

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toofamiliar17

The best strategy for the draft, for ALL teams, is to acquire more picks. Your odds of winning prizes are greater with every extra ticket you get. Licht has missed on some 2nd rounders, for sure, but he’s also hit on some and some later picks, too. Ali Marpet was a 2nd rounder. So was Carlton Davis, a player whose talent I still absolutely believe in. Chris Godwin and Kendell Beckwith were 3rd rounders. The jury is still out on Noah Spence, another 2nd rounder. Point is, he has hit in some. If you want to increase the chances that… Read more »