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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: trevor@pewterreport.com

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    Alldaway 2.0

    It is clear the Bucs are okay with developing Evans and Beckwith as project players. But the opportunity cost is that there were remaining players just as talented as Evans and Beckwith but with more polish on the draft board. And there were players just as talented on the board at both LB and S positions respectively.

    People were down on Mason Foster, but he was an athletic LB in college in space and looked the part of an OLB in college, so moving to the middle in the pros was natural for him. Plus, Foster showed a true nastiness playing in the middle which was missing since the days of Shelton Quarles, Nate Webster and Hardy Nickerson. Bucs lucked out that they found Kwon Alexander soon after Mason Foster moved on.

    Beckwith is too similar to Najee Goode in that his best is going downhill and filling a gap. But Najee Goode went in the 5th round and Goode also showed the ability to shed blocks. Despite being labeled slow Goode was also deceptively quick because he knew where to go. With that said Goode was too limited athletically for the team to keep

    Bond is not only quicker in space, but he can disengage blocks, pass rush and was a special teams ace in college. Glanton is often overlooked but he is very similar as well.

    Lynch and Knox are darkhorses as well.

    So it is going to be a royal rumble for the SAM opening spot but I would guess Bond has the slight edge at the moment IMVHO.

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    SappAttack

    how long does it usually take for you to write these articles? they are so thorough – fantastic reads every time. just love them. nicely done per usual

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Thank you!

      Anywhere from 6-10 hours, usually. Depends how much film I’m watching. For example, the ones where I did every game from Hargreaves and Spence’s rookie seasons took me about 15 hours when it was all said and done. But those are the long ones just because there’s so much film.

      If you all keep reading them, I’ll gladly keep writing them!

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        Destino102

        Do you also write Romance novels? Asking for a friend.

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          Trevor Sikkema

          Only for you.

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    James Allison

    Grear article, Trevor! There’s a lot of talk that the bucs move to more 3-4 looks this season, though remaining a base 4-3 team. How would Beckworth fit in as one of the two inside linebackers? My guess is the three starting linebackers in that alignment are Spence, David, Alexander, and one of Beckworth or Bond.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      He would be better there for sure. If they run 3-4 with David and Spence as the outside players using Bond as the backup (Spence and Bond as the “JACK” linebackers that pass rushes more) with Alexander and Beckwith on the inside, that would actually get the most out of both Beckwith and Bond. Transitioning from there to a nickel will have a few hiccups if this is the first year they do it, but, in theory, it would be better for the first-year linebackers.

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        Trevor Sikkema

        Well, getting deeper I guess that would mean Jac Smith would also be an OLB before Bond anyways. And Glanton would probably be one of the middle linebackers before Beckwith. But, to answer your question, by nature of the position, yes, a 3-4 would be better for both Bond and Beckwith.

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    Buc-n-Philly Fan

    Is it possible that they use N Spence and Jac Smith at the same time with three d lineman to disguise the look using one of them as the Sam? Both have the speed and size as well as moves. I think Spence could handle the zone coverage too with his speed.
    Kick ass article Trevor! I appreciated the honest look at Beckwith and not just falling in love with all of the picks.

    In another vein, how about a Cover 3 detailing the different styles of wide receiver play of M Evans, D-Jax and C-God? Would be cool to see their strengths and weaknesses side by side…..

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      Trevor Sikkema

      To answer your first question: yes. I can envision plenty of third down plays where both Jac Smith and Spence are on opposite edges. Can’t really answer how it would exactly look in a 3-4 other than just putting them there in a depth chart since we have yet to really see the Bucs do 3-4 stuff. But, if in the first few weeks of the season they show that look a bit, I’ll get into the details of it.

      That’s something I can definitely do during training camp! Remind me of it if I forget.

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    Naplesfan

    Kwon will earn respect for his play, along with his teammates, when the Bucs win some more games, especially when they win a playoff game, and become a plausible Super Bowl team in the minds of the media.

    Until then there just won’t be a lot of awards and accolades. Heck, look at Mike Evans, he was probably one of the top two WRs in the league last year, but he only seems to gather attention when he drops a ball or gets called for OPI.

    As for assessing the Bucs’ draft of Beckwith at SAM, at the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’ll just say here again that Licht deserves no second guessing on his draft picks as long as the roster continues to improve and the win totals keep going up each season. He gets the benefit of any doubt. Not that some of his picks won’t be sub-par. No GM in the league gets more than half of his draft picks to stick til a second contract, and Licht is doing as well as any by that standard. And he finally produced, along with the coaches, a winning season for the first time since 2010.

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    Horse

    Trevor, I’ll keep piling on? Great job!

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    Horse

    Trevor, to answer the question about the Sam position the answer is yes. Only because David and Alexander are there.

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    devasher

    I agree with you on Beckwitch, Trevor. While he has been a long-time starter at LSU and overall productive player for them, you don’t see next-level ability too often out of him. Not only does he get washed out relatively easily at times but I saw a lot more loafing out of him then I would ever hope to see in a prospect. He would at times shuffle around when he didn’t think he could make a play to the point where an offensive player would have ran back toward him if he had just put effort out there.

    There are a lot more questions about Justin Evans and Kendall Beckwith than there are answers from their film and while there’s no guarantee that the assets (2nd, 4th and 6th) could have moved them up to the Vikings or Jets pick to take Dalvin Cook or Joe Mixon I’d rather take the risk/reward with a potential All-Pro RB over a safety who has trouble tackling and a 3-4 LB who can’t get off blocks and shuffles around plays when he’s not directly involved in them.

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    devasher

    *Bengals or Jets pick not Vikings or Jets

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    dfk68

    Trevor, great work. I listen the pod cast every week and the old guys sure give you alot of gruff! I’m an old guy myself and do the same thing to the youngsters in our office. We even have tinny trophies we give out. Your’e breaking that millennial mold though, great job!

    Warren Sapp & Derrick Brooks didn’t get much love from the national media either until they beat the crap out of San Fran on opening day 1997. They knocked both Steve Young and Jerry Rice out of the game and kept the 49er’s out of the endzone for the first time in 97 games. Kwon’s time will come.

    I just don’t get the Bucs draft strategy after Howard. Godwin looks like he could be a good/great pick, but until he proves it in pads, his reviews sound too much like Kenny Bell. Hate the Evans pick and think the rest Beckwith, McNichols, and StevieT are all unproven versions of players all ready on the active roster. Not really better versions as Scott R suggested in a FAB5. McNichols scouting report sounds almost exactly like Chris Sims when we drafted him. Licht knows way more than I do but he sure throws in some head scratchers from time to time.

    You are right about Beckwith getting blocked and bullied! Is it just me or does it look like after the initial block those Bamma OL are holding like crazy? I think have more faith in DBond or a yet to be signed FA to win the SAM spot. As others have suggested, what’s the chances JSmith is in play for the SAM spot? He’s only slightly bigger than Beckwith.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      First of all, thank you! Glad I can be a little stop in the millennium narrative – even though I have a man bun.

      The Bucs draft strategy was different from what I thought it would be, but I wouldn’t say that was a bad thing. Howard, Godwin and Stevie T are studs for where they were picked. Evans is going to be a boom or bust, just have to wait it out, and with Beckwith, I just see quite a few things that need to get better for him to be a worth while pick (and some of that has to do with his fit in Tampa Bay).

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        Horse

        Is that what you call it on top of your head?
        Just cut it!

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          Trevor Sikkema

          NEVER!

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    owlykat

    Great article Trevor. I saw the problems with Beckwith and felt it was a bad pick at the time he was drafted. You have validated my later post about it right after all our picks. Yes we made a bad error in not moving up and taking the RB that Winston was most comfortable with and wanted at the time. Both Charlotte’s draft picks and the Saint’s draft picks ranked higher than ours in Lindy’s 2017 NFL Magazine. I expected much better out of Licht!!!

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      scubog

      Owlykat: If you think Lindy’s or any of the other Draft magazines have any credibility; go find one a few years old and see how their evaluations compare to what becomes reality. I used to get them all, including Kiper’s, Ourlads, PFW and many more, and did just that. You’ll quickly learn to read them without treating their statements as gospel.

      Here we have folks looking at a few film clips and are comparing that to the in depth evaluations the actual scouts conduct. Sure there are opinions and certainly there are mis-evaluations by the scouts. But for now, I’ll give Jason Licht and staff a bit more credibility.

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        Horse

        Scobog, I agree with you, I relate it to Fake Sports News.

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          Trevor Sikkema

          Ha!

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