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Trevor Sikkema

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. 1

    nitey

    Have to say choice A. I’m not a fan of giving up draft choices when you have as many holes as we have. That said, I’m not sold on your safety choice either. I do like the 1st and 3rd choice, but I’d opt for a wide receiver as the #2 pick or another DT since we may have to replace Ackeem Spence if we don’t re-sign or replace him in free agency.

    Just not a fan of a ‘project’ player in the 2nd round.

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    Iowabucfan

    A

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    rastaman40

    I’d say scenario A. I agree that we need a TE but in such a deep draft do we spend a 1? WR is so much more a need and you have failed to address that in A and the option in B is underwhelming.

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    Naplesfan

    No trade-ups that result in a total loss of Day 1 or 2 pick, unless we’re “playing with House money” (i.e., we’ve already received a bonus pick to trade with). Minor trade-ups that involve trading down later or a loss of a Day 3 pick, maybe.

    Every single pick between the 1st and 6th rounds is precious …

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    stlbucsfan

    I’d have to say Option A but Im not a fan of either. Adams is not the player I would trade up for so that put that option off the table but the Bucs should re-sign McDougald which makes selecting a S in the 2nd round unnecessary. As a Gators fan I remember Jamal Adams getting taken for a ride by Scarlett and missing plenty of tackles so that took him off the draft board for me. McDougald seemed to hit his stride when playing next to Tandy so IMO the safety issue is solved draft one in the later rounds to develop and spend our 2nd round pick on playmakers for Jameis.

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      mtbruning

      I like using mcdougal as a short term fit. I would love to have pro-bowlers at every position but sometimes a better than average guy will do.

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    macabee

    Modesty requires that I have no comment here! lol.

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    MudManVA

    I always seem to follow Mac. lol
    I wouldn’t in any way shape or form take draft #2.
    I’m with STL on this, we need a strong safety not a free safety (you just did a piece on Tandy). We need an offensive focused draft not a defensive on early. Evans is the BUCS only real offensive weapon. Brate & Humphries are good but not a playmakers. A #2 WR is a must with depth, and with Martin in limbo a RB.
    Howard in round 1 cool. round 2 needs to be a play making WR or RB like Mixon.
    Use mid round or later round picks on a strong safety.

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      mtbruning

      Agreed. Rounds two and three need to be RB and WR. Not sure about Mixon as the RB in round 2, maybe 3.

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    vorblaw

    I’m not trading up for anyone other than Dalvin Cook. Has speed, can catch and can block in the backfield. So D. None of the above.

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    David DeLeon

    Nice Cover 3
    Out of these 2 I would take scenario 1

    My scenario would be

    1. Trade back 10+ spots get Demarcus Walker
    2. Buddah Baker
    3. Josh Ryeynolds

    Great for need and we get extra picks
    Just saying

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    1. 9.1

      David DeLeon

      If Baker is gone next best TE, Butt or Ole Miss TE

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    cgmaster27

    Great article as always Trevor. When it comes to Tandy, I was always a big fan of his, and for some reason, he just never got playing time. Even in his limited roles , he would make plays, and still not get time. I also agree that he enters camp as our starting FS. As for the safety from Uconn, Obi one as you say, havent seen much of him as he plays in Conn., but I love his size. He had a strong senior Bowl from what Iv’e read and his focus is something that won’t be allowed on this team. We have the right guys in place top make sure of that. Kwon won’t allow sloppy play on the defense.
    As for the draft, if I had to choose one, it would be A, easy. I’m not for trading up for anyone other than cook, especially a safety. On a side note, don’t lean over too much when you talk, you might pull a back muscle. Take it from an old man. haha
    Another great article Trevor.

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    1. 10.1

      macabee

      In my many travels about the Interwebs every day, I come across all sorts of things. You may like this, but I wouldn’t bet money on it. lol. But never say never!

      http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2691011-nfl-mock-draft-2017-complete-1st-round-predictions-before-nfl-honors

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        David DeLeon

        Wow that would be pretty sweet, it is the draft and until it happens anything can go.

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        Trevor Sikkema

        Dalvin lasting until 19 would be a major shock for me.

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          Naplesfan

          I dunno, Trevor … people get very excited over quality running backs, but this is more and more a passing league where running backs are platooned and specialized. Ezekiel Elliott as a high first round pick is the exception not the rule, and in the end, though leading the league in rushing yards, he couldn’t get his team beyond the divisional round … while the two best offenses in the league, led by the current regular season MVP and the GOAT quarterback were in the Super Bowl. Given the non-longevity of most running backs, I still object strongly to taking any running back at all in the first round … they’re just a relatively poor value for the pick on a long term basis, in terms of probability, as compared to other offensive skill players.

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            cgmaster27

            Naples, I think your underscoring the value of a running back. Even though it’s a passing league, Elliot helped the Dallas Defense by keeping them off of the field. He drastically helped Dak as he took a lot of pressure off of him in passing coverage’s. And the difference between Zeke and Cook is a much better pass catcher coming out than Elliot. So that adds value. IN short, there is ZERO chance Cook makes it to 19. We have as much a chance of that happening as we had of Ramsey falling to us last year.

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          macabee

          Trevor, I trust you saw the first 3 rounds of my mock draft in PR’s Bucs 7 Round Mock Draft. Great minds think alike. lol.

          https://www.pewterreport.com/pewterreport-coms-2017-bucs-7-round-mock-draft-2-0/#comments

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            Trevor Sikkema

            Holy crap I didn’t see this until now! Lol! That’s awesome.

            Great minds, indeed.

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    plopes808

    Safety isn’t a big enough need to warrant trading up. That said, the first option would be the better of the two. However, I’m not sure about S in the 2nd either as I feel WR may be a better option.

    Of course, this all depends on how the draft plays out before pick 19 and OF COURSE if Dalvin Cook is there, we have to take him.

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    mtbruning

    No way on #2. We have needs in offense and I’d rather spend free agency finding a quality strong safety and pass rusher with late round developmental players to provide depth.

    I love O.J Howard in round 1. He would give us a weapons for Winston and since he can block he can help improve the O-Line. Getting better in two position groups with one pick is a no brainer.

    I would go WR, RB (either order works for me) and WR is a deep class. Drafting for speed can be a fools errand (looking at you Darrius Heyward-Bey). Even DeSean Jackson only had 5 seasons over1,000 yards out of 10 (mostly as the #1 on his team each year). We don’t need a another #1 WR if we get O.J. Taking a players like Kupps in the 2nd with a burner like Stacy Cole in the 4th. Best RB available in the 3rd (Mixon?). Maybe we can get lucky with a developmental safety/edge later then top it off with our standard FB in the 7th (it has to work sometimes right?). I would love to squeeze in a center/RT somewhere but it looks like I’m greedy already.

    Long and short, give Mike the checkbook and draft for offense.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      You TL;DR sentence at the end is a philosophy that might be worth taking.

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    MudManVA

    Mac, book it! No way I think Cook is there at 19, but if he is that is a no brainer!! As you say we can dream.

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    MudManVA

    1st round dream list
    1 WR Williams
    2 RB Cook
    3 WR Davis
    4 TE Howard

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    Rusty Rhino

    Most Definitely A,
    After reading this write up of S Obi Melifonwu, along with a write up on TE OJ Howard. I would like to read a write up on Tanoh Kpassagnon he is a DE interesting to me. Him in the 3RD round. Oh! Yeah!
    I like your Cover 3 reports. Very good reads and interesting thoughts and views. Thanks Trevor!

    1- Is all about getting #3 more weapons and a good weapon in run and pass plays.
    2- This adds a young good player with potential and experience to play in both safety spots to our Defense.
    3- Add a 6’7″ athletic, long armed, relentless pass rushing and run stopping DE to our Dline creating more competitive depth.

    I would be excited to see this really happen.
    Lets GO TAMPA BAY!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I did a little bit of breaking down Kpassagnon’s game in my Senior Bowl reports, but I’ll see if I can get a full breakdown of him up sometime.

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    bucinkorea

    A all day.

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    matador

    Rounds 1-2 = OL and WR in either order
    Rounds 3-4 = DL and RB in either order
    Fill in with BPL after that
    That gives you three players that will help JW, and by extension help the defense.
    The following year you probably go for best pass rusher available first, another OL (ideally a Center) a WR/TE and a DB.
    Knowing we won’t hit on every pick suggests we need go BPA for less than a king’s ransom in FA, because we’d still have holes after those two drafts.

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    BucsPhan2Phear

    No fluff. Just right. Thank u for talking scheme. I don’t think it was fair to attribute improved communication to Tandy as the entire defense had began to perform better prior to his starting, like Conte and McDougald did. They all performed great toward the end of the year. If I’m licht, I bring them all back and develop a day 3 project. Let them sort out who stars and who is the #3, who still would play a lot of ball.

    Both scenarios are bad ideas. John Ross changes the offense. OJ is a luxury. With a possession slot receiver going nowhere, who would be on the bench if Howard were drafted, filling holes is more important than upgrades.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      To say that Tandy was the only reason the defense was elevated would be false, you’re right. However, he was the icing on the cake once he became a starter and helped that secondary improve their takeaways down the stretch. I think he gave the entire defense extra confidence in that chain reaction.

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    SaskBucs

    A but I am kinda on board with Matador up there. Rounds 1 and 2 I am hoping for DL, WR in either order 3,4,5….. OL, RB, WR again no particular order just best draft value or BPA at those positions. If Howard is the 1st pick fine but then I am with drdneast in thinking another DL is important … impact pass catcher and a pocket pusher are top of my wish list… a C or new T is up there as well but doesnt seem like that is a priority. I know Cherilus was in, but I cannot watch another game (Dallas) where some unknown DE looks like JJ Watt out there snuffing downs before Jameis can get to the bottom of his drop. For all those reasons I pray we don’t move up.

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    scubog

    Gee Trevor, you put out an A or B question and you get C,D,E,F and G scenarios in return. Perhaps you should dummy down the instructions. For me, Option A would be by choice when compared to your Option B. In no way could I think it wise to trade up for a Safety or draft one in the top ten. I like the choice of O.J. Howard because I think he has some unique qualities and receivers are always more plentiful to pick up later. I’m not too keen on a Safety in round 2 and I think we need more help on the interior of the D-line than on the edge. All in all, I’m a BPA proponent.

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    1. 20.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Apparently I didn’t make option B tought enough, haha!

      And, hey, I don’t mind a little creative input. We’re all hear to just talk some #sports anyways.

      Now I know what you guys think of the trade up option and who you’d want it to be for.

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    kram0789

    I like the first draft better, but I would be looking for an offensive lineman in the third round.

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    Buc 1976

    I really like A!!
    OJH can block and run darn fast for a TE paired with our Harvard TE and Evens and another WR with SPEED will help JW alot. As for Obi he looks good but so did Barron.
    The DE from Villanova looks like he needs some coaching but has alot of upside because he is somewhat green. Wit Spence being smallish we could use a larger DE also.

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    Nathaniel_17

    Summary of this article:

    If Trevor leans over in your direction, this man is ready to drop some knowledge on you.

    Great article.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Haha!

      I talk too much for that to always be true. Let’s say (hope) it’s about 50/50.

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    drdneast

    As i stated earlier this wrek,i like our current crop of safeties and see no need st spend a high tound draft pick on one.
    After the second Falcons game, the entirre seconday got their act together and played welll.
    Yes, Conte got beat eaarly in the yeat but I remember one particular pass play against the Rams whern Tandy was beaten even worse.
    This team needs another nasty DL and if there is one available when their pick comes along they should grab him.
    I see mo need to draft a safety in the 1st roound. If we r going to do that, why not just trade. Our No. 1 pick to the Rams and get Mark Barron back. Makes as much sense.

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