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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: [email protected]

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  1. 1

    tpeluso

    Good stuff on JPP. As a NYC resident with a father who’s a Giants fan, I’ve known his strengths and weaknesses for a while, but there were some details in that tape that I hadn’t picked up on.

    I think we’re in a situation with the draft now where, while we have needs, one of those needs isn’t a clear standout among the others the way DE was before the JPP trade, and we can take the best available player at DE, RB, OL or DB (in that order) that falls to us in Round 1 or engineer a trade down for additional picks. That said, if Chubb is somehow till there at #7, you couldn’t run up with the card fast enough, IMO. The more talented pass-rushers, the better.

    1. 1.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thanks!

      And I agree. Running back and defensive back are certainly the heavier needs, but they can still basically go best player there.

  2. 2

    Horse

    DE & CB. We still need a DE Pass Rusher; Will Gholston doesn’t fit the need and we have no clue what Spence will do or can stay healthy. We still don’t know about Hargreave and Grimes age is catching up with him as to injuries. The third by the way is a multiple purpose OL because injuries do happen on the OL. I believe we can get a RB and another WR in the later rounds and probably a QB in Free agency. Quieten Flowers would be a good free agent QB.

    1. 2.1

      FLBoy84

      Gholston’s never had more than 3 sacks in a season during the five years he’s been a Buc, not sure why everyone’s so down on him for not getting sacks every year. Pretty sure the team knew what it was getting when they re-signed him to that 5yr/$27.5M deal last year. His main value and #1 assignment is in setting the edge and stopping the run when he’s on the field, which he’s done very well in the past (agree last yr was meh, but so was the entire DL). Any sacks he gets is strictly a bonus. And his contract is guaranteed for ’18, so doubt he’s going anywhere this year. Doesn’t seem as certain as before that the team grabs a DE in the draft at this point either. Think Will Clarke in particular might really develop working with Buckner and alongside JPP ( the two are basically carbon copies size-wise). Do think they might draft another DT though in the later rounds to develop. Need to start thinking of a succession plan for McCoy at some point. Do like Flowers as a wild card as well.

  3. 3

    FLBoy84

    First off, tremendous Cover 1 Trevor. Great research and really well written, probably one of the best pieces you’ve done. Also, clips were a great example of the overlooked effect QB pressures have on a play, even if the DL doesn’t get home for the sack. Believe this is an area that JPP and Curry are going to have a huge impact for the Bucs in ’18 and beyond.

    1. 3.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it.

      Pressure is definitely important, as is having a plan when you rush the passer. Pierre-Paul isn’t just a one-trick pony, which bodes well for those “rounds” that go on between a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman during the course of a game.

      1. 3.1.1

        Horse

        Trevor you are doing a great job?

        1. 3.1.1.1

          Trevor Sikkema

          I’m Ron Burgundy?

          (Thanks!)

          1. 3.1.1.1.1

            FLBoy84

            Discovered by the Germans in 1904…

  4. 4

    Wausa

    Derwin James would have an enormous impact on the defense. I’m hoping he’s the Bucs 1st round pick.
    Evans and James on the backend would be the most athletic safety duo in the NFL.

    I think the Bucs have to go either corner or running back in the second.
    I really like Ronald Jones II out of USC. The guy has great speed and fantastic production.

    1. 4.1

      tiapanda

      James will help the pash rush too., he’s an instinctive blitzer. Prefer Kerryon Johnson to Jones. More complete back, better blocker. Good receiver.

  5. 5

    chipbuc

    Great Article Trevor. It’s pretty obvious that two of the positions that might be there when we pick in the first two rounds are OG , RB . If Barkley is there at 7 pick him. Then at 38 in the second round pick a OG ,Wynn, or Hernandez if their still there. Another version pick Nelson at 7 then Michael or Chubb or Guice in the second. The only thing left to do is find two more DB’s to fill out the secondary. Maybe after the draft,when clubs cut players that are too expensive at a certain positions.

    1. 5.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thanks!

      I don’t think Wynn will be there. Hernandez might.

  6. 6

    FLBoy84

    Positions of need may change based on what moves are made over the next month prior to the draft. Would prefer to see the team add another vet S to the mix on a 1 or 2-year deal and dump Tandy, though understand the team probably feels that Conte is as solid of a SS than any vet they could sign and Tandy is good depth, so not holding my breath on any of that happening. Do think they’ll draft a later round S (Bates, Whitehead, Watts, Neal or Jamerson) to develop long-term to pair with Evans though. Not sold on Sweezy, Smith or Benenoch at RG or confident in the development of VH3 or Smith as CB solutions long-term, so would say top three needs are G (Nelson, Hernandez, Price, Wynn or Williams) , RB (Barkley, Michel, Guice or Penny early and Ito Smith in later rnds) and CB (Ward, Hughes, Alexander, Jackson or Davis – would prefer to see much more press-man btw) at this point.

    1. 6.1

      FLBoy84

      Along with Smith, Martez Carter as a later-round RB would work as well.

  7. 7

    Mike.Seven

    Talked to a guy that is very knowledgeable of Giants, He said JJP was a good a lineman he ever remembers in Giant uniform however after a few injuries his performance was on the decrease, He is not near as good as he uses to be as a rusher but better than others on Bucs Roster he will find time on the field in passing situations but Bucs will have to bring him out of the game in the running situations, other teams will target him with a run at his bad hand on the short yard 2nd and 3rd down situations.
    Thier is no doubt he is an improvement for Bucs in rushing passer, this season will tell if he worth the 69 pick and cost of cap space. A good lineman will be available at 69 with rookie contract price, that is why I question the move on this guy.
    Had the Bucs not given the 69 pick I would be happy the Giants would have released him had Bucs not made a deal that why Giants so happy.

    1. 7.1

      FLBoy84

      While JPP seems to have adapted his technique in order to still tackle effectively, there’s no doubt he’s not quite the player he was when he had two complete hands (though you could argue it’s made him better due to having to study to refine/adapt his technique and work on the mental aspects of the game to overcome his limitation) . The fact that he played 92% of the Giants snaps last year though seems to indicate that they didn’t have a problem with the way he handled the run. Think the Bucs are going to be much smarter and more deliberate when using him to keep him fresh throughout games and the season. That 3rd and short/goal line DL could look something like Unrein, Allen, Stevie T and Gholston.

  8. 8

    surferdudes

    The three best players in the draft to me are, Chubb, Barkley, and Nelson. I’d like to see 4 Q.B.’s taken in the first 6 picks so we have a shot at one of them. Nelson would solidify our O line, Chubb the D end we’ve been looking for, and I think Barkley might be a generational talent, like having a shot at a Walter Payton. All three would fill a need. If none of them are there, I just can’t get excited even though I’m sure we’ll be getting a good player.

    1. 8.1

      Ktown

      Agree with surferdudes. Chubb, Barley or Nelson (DE, RB, OL) – best non-QB players and all at areas of need.

      My next rated area of need is CB. We are soft there currently and it only gets worse when Grimes retires.

      Hopefully we see a good FA safety yet (fifth area of need).

      If we get one of the top 3 non-QBs, a second round trade down would be ideal to pick up an extra pick.

  9. 9

    Charlie

    Really enjoyed the piece on J.P.P., he’s gonna be a great addition to our team! That being said I still think we should go trench players in Rd 1 (Chubb, Nelson, Vea) Rd 2 would be probably the opposite (Hernandez, Price, Daniels, Landry, Shepard)…try to get a RB after. ALL I KNOW IS THAT WE CAN’T BE SOFT THIS YEAR! Not in our division anyways. Almost 100 years of data shows that trench play is the key to being competitive in the NFL…and we sucked, on both sides…all I’m saying.

  10. 10

    Li-Ti-Rilla

    Another banger by Trevor. Great piece. In my opinion, I need to see a high impact DB and RB addressed in these first two rounds. The only exception I have to this rule is Quenton Nelson. But given our current draft circumstance, Derwin James and Sony Michel/Nick Chubb would be my picks.

    1. 10.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thanks!

      And I think unless Chubb or Nelson falls that DB and RB are likely the two positions picked in the first two rounds.

  11. 11

    Buc 1976

    If Bucs go DB in 1st IMO Fitzpatrick is the best pick.
    Eventually taking over for Grimes or remain at saftey.

    1. 11.1

      Bucsfan1983

      As far as fit with the Bucs, James is a better fit.

    2. 11.2

      Buc 1976

      Fitzpatrick is player that can play more than safety. He also played on a championship team and very smart also has not been injured. So how is James a better fit

      1. 11.2.1

        chefboho

        James plays multiple positions as well and is a much better blitzed than Fitzpatrick. I’m just not as high on Fitzpatrick as some are. I know that safeties/ db’s from Alabama hardly pan out in the nfl. Usually their defensive line is so good that it helps the back end out. James is a mich more vocal leader and has a nasty demeanor. I’ll take james all day over Fitzpatrick

        1. 11.2.1.1

          Buc 1976

          Chef Light said he was DISAPPOINTED James did not compete at pro day.
          I have no idea how that will sit on draft night. Both are good players.

  12. 12

    Buc 1976

    IMO the Bucs trade down. Buffalo does not have enough picks to trade into top 3. The Bucs at 7 is possible 12 and 22 would be great even 12 and 3rd and 2nd in 2019 would be good.

  13. 13

    eac1029

    I’ve been intrigued by our fan’s opinions of biggest needs at this point so I just wanted to comment my opinion. I believe that CB is by far our biggest need. I’m sure that the addition to the D-line will certainly help our guys in the back but we are down to 34 year-old Grimes, Ryan “burnt all day by Julio” Smith, and regressing VH3. In my opinion that is a huge hole and Grimes was even out for that calf injury last year.

    I think our OL will be much improved with the Jensen addition alone. Our second biggest need is RB. Barber is going to have a solid year but we can’t just rely on him and I’m willing to bet we use a high pick (2nd) on one.

    Derwin may be the best D back available if the big 3 (Nelson, Barkley, and Chubb) are gone, so that may be the next best thing to improve the backfield unless they are in love with Ward.

    It’s looking more and more likely to me that it’s gonna be James in round 1 and Guice/Michel/Chubb in round 2.

    Trade down if at all possible!

  14. 14

    Alldaway 2.0

    1. DL
    2. OL
    3. RB

    It would be nice if the Bucs can draft a CB this year but it isn’t likely. A safety would be nice too but I think the Bucs are focused on fixing the lines and running game.

  15. 15

    Bucsfan1983

    Top 3 wishes for Bucs 2018 draft.

    Rd) 1 RB Saquon Barkley
    Rd 2) SS Terrell Edmunds
    Rd 4) LT Brandon Parker (in a year or two when Dotson is gone, D Smith moves to RT. )

    Top 3 wishes if no Barkley

    Rd 1) SS Derwin James
    Rd 2) RB Sony Michel
    Rd 4) CB J.C. Jackson

    1. 15.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Big fan of that second scenario, even moreso than the first.

  16. 16

    Bill

    Nice write up Trevor! Learned a lot about jpp.
    Seems like the real deal. This line is the best resemblance of the rice,sapp,booger, etc at its best. Im hoping atleast . We need to keep the pedal down. Go bucs

    1. 16.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      It’s certainly better than what they had last year. Hopefully I’ll have more clever tweets about sacks.

      And thanks!

  17. 17

    geno711

    I know it is unlikely but since we are giving wishes for 1st three picks:
    Round 1. Saquon Barkley RB
    Round 2. Harold Landry DE — some think he is too small.
    Round 4. Parry Nickerson CB – Tulane – some think too thin but fast and has played a ton of snaps.
    https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/draft-2018-prospect-preview-parry-nickerson-is-the-best-college-cb-you-may-not-know-about

    I started reading pewter report again last year and I love your articles Trevor. By the way, my daughter remembers your coverage at UF when you were both there a few years back.

  18. 18

    Darin

    Never thought I’d say this but I think they should go corner in round 1. Ideally I’d love to see Licht trade back, no later than 15. Pick up an extra 2 and the 3rd back. Around then I’d grab Hughes from UCF. Should be a starter day 1. Round 2 I’d take Michel or Ronald Jones. The extra picks hopefully add a guard and another DE. Safety if not those. The fact licht added a legit pass rusher changed everything. Adding JPP as your 3rd rounder essentially is already a great pick. Keep em comin Licht!

  19. 19

    tog

    Good piece. And totally agree 92% is a lot of snaps to play at DE!

    1. 19.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      1,010 snaps in 2017 I believe? Second most behind Chandler Jones for the most by a defensive end. Crazy. Can’t be that high for the Bucs. Three-down lineman is good, but gotta rotate more.

  20. 20

    EastEndBoy

    The absolute need that we must draft is OL. Winston has played behind a subpar line for 3 years and the total hits he has taken are starting to take a toll – he missed the first significant time of his career last year. Whether it’s drafting Nelson and creating a very strong inner line, or drafting a new LT to compete with (re: replace) D Smith, Winston simply can’t continue to be asked to drop 7 steps, wait for Evans to get open, and take hit after hit. Nelson would also solidify a power running game to open play action for Winston, further taking the risk of hits off his shoulders. Unless we want to be searching for a new franchise QB again in the near future, we NEED to draft OL!

  21. 21

    JustaBuc

    Trevor, this is one of the best articles I’ve read off this site in some time now. Bravo.

    1. 21.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thank you! I truly appreciate that. Love when a story is read well.

  22. 22

    Freeman Strickland

    OG, RB

    Good article and good comments. I agree with chipbuc, FlyBoy84, Ktown, Charlie and EastEndBoy.

    The best defense is the one that is not on the field because the offense is pounding the rock and scoring. OG and RB are the needs there.

    I hope that Sweezy, Smith, Benenoch, Jensen, Marpet and a first round pick OG all have fabulous seasons. Jensen is under contract through 2021 and would have trade value. Sweezy is under an affordable contract through 2020. Benenoch and Smith are under affordable contracts through 2019. And, Marpet is due big money next year. Tough decisions are coming. Finding a stud OG now is a life saver if Sweezy/Smith/Benenoch do not have a better year. And, any who have a good season gain trade value which ease the tough decisions that are ahead.

    Spend the rest of the picks taking shots on corner backs and safeties. Ideally, trade back to improve the quality of those other shots.

    I would love to have Derwin James. I would also love to have Vita Vea. But, neither one will be much help if the Bucs cannot run the football and end drives with a SCORE!

  23. 23

    XpfcWintergreen2

    Very good article and very good comments. Excellent writing, reporting and analysis, Trevor. Good stuff with thoughtful comments by all. Not a bunch of negativity or interjection of unnecessary politics here.

    I am one of those lurking and voting yes or no on selected replies here today.

    Anyone who remembers any of my comments posted here and there on PR will have an idea about who my preferences are. (I am not looking for validation as a staunch fan. I have acknowledged my lack of depth in my football knowledge for anyone who might care. I enjoy joining in the discussion and/or contributing with some “rah, rahs” when I feel like it.)

    ______________
    Go Bucs!!!!

    1. 23.1

      Trevor Sikkema

      Thank you! And I agree. Articles are always best when they get good conversations involved below. I like the ideas I’ve seen form this one.

  24. 24

    plopes808

    Our biggest needs are CB, G, and SS

    This draft scenario, I’d like to see
    Rd1- Chubb/Nelson/James
    Rd2 – Guice/Michel/Jones

    If these players aren’t available, I’d like to see a trade down to make up for the traded pick

  25. 25

    Bmore.Buc

    RB, CB, and SS our the biggest needs

    Rd 1- Nelson…(I think James is great, but something prevents me from wanting to take him at #7. Plus I think Ward will be in Denver at #5)

    Rd 2- Ronald Jones II

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