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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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    BTownBucFan

    No Jerick McKinnon on the Free Agent list? I would be interested in what he could bring to Tampa.

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    Nicholas Micciche

    I like Option A, mainly because getting Chubb, at this point in time, seems to be too much of a stretch. But Option A is good because it should shore up our line, give us a proven DE (with at least some production), and give us a starting RB. Dion Lewis and Peyton combo would be good but not as good as Michel and Barber IMO.

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    dfk68

    I doubt we will have a shot at B. Chubb. N. Chubb maybe. IF Koetter would have stucked to the run and stayed with the best performing back, RB might not seem like such a need. With the performance of Zeak last year, Kamara, Hunt, Fournette, and Cook before injury, I suspect the draft value of RBs to rise this year. Good chance Michel won’t be there by our 2nd pick. Our offensive skill positions are good enough. The OL needs an upgrade, just like it did last year! But the defense is putrid! Every draft pick should go to defense with at least the first 3 to the DL. Drafting for need sucks but that’s the hand the Bucs forced on themselves.

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    nitey

    I think there needs to be an option C because I don’t think Ziggy is going to be available and I think there is a good chance Chubb is gone before our pick.

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    Pete Wood

    I like Crowell. Cheap and effective.

    Okay, I’m leaving the front porch light on for all the angry Bucs fans who want to storm my house with torches and pitchforks.

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      FLBoy84

      Fan of Crowell as well. Has a stat line of 737 carries/3,118 yds/4.2 avg./21 TD’s/96 recs/770 yds/8.0 avg/1 TD in his first 4 seasons. Doubtful he re-signs with Cleveland. Pretty much every site I’ve read (even dawgpounddaily) says he’s been completely under utilized this year (case in point, he had 5 carries for 72 yds in the 1st half vs the Ravens in Wk 15 and didn’t see another carry the rest of the game). Have to think he’s wanting a change of scenery at this point.

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        Pete Wood

        Sitting a RB for the second half after a great first half! Lucky, the Bucs don’t do that, eh? 🙂

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        cgmaster27

        I’ve always thought Crowell was criminally underutilized by Cleveland. All he ever does is produce when he touches it,and that’s with no QB so the defenses can’t stack the box.

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        1. 5.1.2.1

          Buc 1976

          I agree cg Crowell is a good RB!
          I am not sure about his status contact wise.
          It appears to me that the Bucs need another 1st or 2nd round draft pick.

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            Buc 1976

            Add to above could the Bucs trade Cam B. for a 2nd round pick.

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    JustaBuc

    Option B. Chubb will be there. From what I hear, there’s a decent crop of RBs in this draft but not a ton of 4-3 DEs.

    Also who are these “many” who say that Nelson is the best sure-fire prospect of the entire draft class? I didn’t even know his name until 3 days ago so it’d be interesting to know.

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    martinii

    It’s a little early in the game for speculations related to FA and the Draft, however if I were to have a choice I would be closer to B. We have to think pass rush this season and while Bradley Chubb is no Joey Boza or Clowney, I think he is the best out there. I also think we have a fair shot at competing for him because the Colts are looking at Saquon Barkley or OL help. The others picking above us will take QB’s. As far as Michel goes he is impressive in RD2. While Billy Price is versatile, Frank Ragnow  is a beast and should be available at 69. Finally if Ansah or Lewis or both became available I would be a player.

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      tnew

      Good call on Ragnow. There is a big chance of a slide from him as he won’t be at the Senior Bowl, missed his last 5 games due to a high ankle sprain and Arkansas was so bad this season. There is a real chance he will make it all the way to the 4th round. I would love for Licht to do a Kendall Beckwith type trade to jump back into the end of the third if he’s hanging around. I like the CB’s that should be available with the 69 pick.

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    FLBoy84

    Off topic, but funny what a difference a year makes. Most of us last year were genuinely worried Mike Smith would be one and done as DC with the Bucs if he took a HC job elsewhere. This year most are praying he gets other offers and takes one.

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    Rich

    I would take option A. People looking for an immediate impact from a DE should look no further than Clowney and Garrett. I’d rather have the experienced DE over the De who more than likely take a few years to develop

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    tnew

    Option A no doubt. Right now. Skip the combine wave the magic wand and make it happen. Michel looks like a slightly bigger (will have to see measurables at combine) version of Kamara (who ran a 4.56 at the combine). Michel running anything in the 4.55 region and it will most likely require jumping back into the first round for him. May have to give up the 2nd and 4th round pick to jump back in a get him.

    3rd round I would choose between the best player of the CB/DE/Safety position. I like a lot of the CB’s that will be available at the top of the third. The problem here is what kind do we need? A press man or off man coverage corner. I would love to find a bigger press man cover corner with good speed to compliment what Grimes (need to resign) can do, but I’m not sure Mike Smith even wants that guy on the team. He seems to like his corners to play off man.

    Ziggy Ansah is the top of my wish list this offseason, if we stay in a 4-3 front. He’s still getting better having played only 9 games in college. He will require a MAJOR contract, but with the state of the Bucs d-line, do it. Releasing Baker and Ayers, and replacing Doug Martin’s contract with a rookie will help. Front load this contract.

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    tnew

    I’ve heard the comment that people don’t think Ansah will come available. I don’t understand this line of thinking. Coming off of a great season, this is he lottery moment. At 28 this is the contract that will set him up for the rest of his life. I don’t see him giving a hometown discount to Detroit. I can’t imagine any agent not advising to test free agency. This will only drive his value up. Will Detroit want him? Absolutely, but so would every base 4-3 team in the league which is still around half of the NFL.

    My thing is can and will Tampa allocate the money required to bring him in? He would become our top paid player and he would mean salary cap issues going forward. This would require extremely creative contract crafting. GMC is in line for a rework which will help too.

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    tnew

    Last comment on Ziggy. The biggest question. What is the price that he would want to come to Tampa? If Calais Cambell was too much last season, Ansah is definitely going to be more than that. His contract will push to be the highest paid DE. Last season he was already #3. He’s not going to take less from any team.

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    Matt

    I would take A because I would prefer a proven NFL pass rusher over a rookie. I would prefer a young RB with very fresh legs (he wasn’t over used in college just like Kamara) and more of an upside . As much as I think we need more first round talent on Defense I would not be against adding a mammoth of a guard next to Smith who is a mammoth himself. I also wouldn’t mind seeing us bring in Ansah, draft DT Da’ron Payne first, RB Michel second, DE Lorenzo Carter in the third. This would shore up the D line and add depth with real pass rushing abilities. Sorry but they have not done well with the DLine and I think you really need to bring in as much pass rushing talent as possible.

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      Matt

      Just picture that D line. Ansah, GMC, Payne, Noah Spence/Lorenzo Carter

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        The Big Shooter

        Take a good look at Veta Vea as our #7 pick.

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    Do_it_Big_Bucs

    Option A… We get everything we need… The Pass rusher, the monster in the middle of the OL and one of the best running backs in the draft.

    Sony Michel is better to have short term and long term in regards to Lewis. He is a better back, and he will have fresher legs, and a lower salary.

    The OL option is better in option A as well taking the #1 OG in the draft as opposed to the #3-5OL in the draft.

    We can shore up DE in FA instead of “hoping” Chubb drops to us instead of going #3 to Indy. If we try for Option B, don’t get a DE in FA and miss on Chubb.. now we are “settling” for a lesser DE in a later round and or not going to be able to get our OL and RB in rounds 1 and 2.

    Option A for the win Alex

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    ArmyBuc69

    Please Lord, Jesus! Let us somehow draft Sony Michel…I don’t know exactly how the draft has to play out for us to secure him, but he is the next big thing…he won’t have to come of the field and has everything…GA lost that game Monday when they didn’t run Michel in the 2nd half but decided to continue to run Chubb…if we are able to grab Ansah in FA (he’ll prob be tagged) and then draft Fitzpatrick or Derwin in rd 1 (bradley chubb will prob be gone) and then grab Michel with our 2nd pick and i don’t care if that has to happen via trading up…those 3 additions would help out this team tremendously…the rest of FA and draft would be a bonus…IMO

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    plopes808

    Ill take option A for 500 Alex

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    The Freeman

    Option C
    ● sign free agent OG Andrew Norwell from Carolina
    ● Draft Bradley Chubb, DE, N.C. State
    ● Draft Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

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    scubog

    Trevor has astutely portrayed our pathetic running back situation. This assembly, and not so much the offensive line, is the reason the running game was so ineffective. Plus, as Trevor and every Defensive Coordinator so easily noticed, the running back lined up for a particular play often tipped off the defense. If I’m in the stands guessing, so are they.

    I can just hear Luke Kuechly. Here comes #32. Oh, that’s going to be a shovel pass to the RB. There’s #34. Get ready, it’s likely a pass play. Goodie, there’s # 22. It’s OK to relax boys, he’s only going to get 2.9 yards anyway. Who’s that #25? Oh, we might need to tighten up and put another defender in the box so we can keep him under 4 yards. Don’t worry, we won’t see him much. Hey Jameis, we know you have to pass. Here we come!

    In this Draft we must acquire a RB who is a legitimate threat to the defense on all three downs.

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    Dilly Dilly

    This is all fine and dandy but when it comes draft time and free agency will we really do any of the things we’re talking about right now will we?

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    SappAttack

    Option C

    Sign
    1. Norwood
    2. Ziggy

    Draft
    1. B Chubb
    2. Michel

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