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Mark Cook

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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    Austin Williams

    If Cook goes to the Bucs, my life would be complete. This is ALL I wish for!!! Please snag him if he falls, GM JL!

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      cgmaster27

      You and me both sir, you and me both.

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    surferdudes

    I don’t see Licht passing on Winston’s buddy if he’s there at #19. Let’s face it, we could use a dynamic play maker in the back field. The real question is how bad do they want Cook? Enough to move up if need be? There will be a run at Q.B.’s, there always is. Should the three top guys get picked before #19, even though they’re not rated that high, the chances Cook falls is greater. Some fans heads would explode if we give up draft choices to move up for Cook. If I had to pick a player Cook reminds me of I would say Marshall Faulk. If the Bucs view him the same way, and think he could be that type of play maker, then hell yes, move up and get your guy. This is going to be a very interesting draft for Buc fans.

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      Austin Williams

      Indeed it shall be. With major needs at RB, and 1 FS spot, we look to make this really good team really great. I’m just saying, I don’t understand the people that hate on Cook. Best RB FSU has EVER had and behind a mediocre at best O-Line. Someone will get a game changer who never misses a game at RB. Hope it is us.

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        HoneyBadgerW4

        The knock on Cook is his ball security (something like 1 fumble every 65 touches which would mean something like 8 over a year in the NFL). It’s the only knock, though, and I think that’s something he can be coached out of. Everything else about the guy is just downright exciting. With as much as Tampa wants to run the ball, getting someone like Cook would just change this offense into something which would petrify opposing Defensive Coordinators just as incrementally as getting DeSean Jackson did, IMO.

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      cgmaster27

      Surfer, , one thing I will say about Licht, is that he has been pretty good at knowing when to move and when to stay. Staying put and still getting Spence last year took balls of steel. Most would’ve made a trade up for him. Hell Licht traded back in the first and still got Hargreaves, although I’m still convinced it would’ve been Conkilin had the Titans not traded in front of us.

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    Destino102

    I don’t think Licht is going to take a RB in the first. Whether it’s Cokk, Fournette, or McCaffrey. We are one year removed from a RB who was 2nd in total yards and we only went 6-10. A RB is a dime-a-dozen and don’t have a long life span. We can get one in the later rounds and they can do the job just fine.

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    surferdudes

    If running backs are a dime a dozen, the group we have now aren’t worth a plug nickel. Druggie Martin has had two good seasons out of five, and even if we keep him won’t be available till week four. Had we one won more game last year, we’d have made the playoffs, so losing our top back Martin, if you want to call him that, for three games to start the season is huge. When we signed Jackson the thought was teams can’t load the box with a safety, should help the running game. I say without a real threat at running back, teams will gladly leave their safety over D Jax, since none of our backs can take it to the house on any given play. Dallas had the formula years ago with the big three, and copied that success this year. We have two good receivers now, a good slot guy, and an emerging tight end. See the forest through the trees, we need a real deal running back. That my friend will keep D.C.’s up at night.

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    Mark Cook

    I believe the Bucs would drive a party bus to Philly to being him home draft night if they thought there was a chance that Cook is there at 19. Talking to some people today, it doesn’t appear he will get past Detroit, Baltimore, Carolina. Heck he COULD even go No. 4 to the Jags.

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    BucWild02

    I guess I will be a dissenting voice here…

    I know it seems like it makes sense to add Dalvin Cook (if available) since both he and Jameis are alumni of the same school. And they played together. And they nearly won a national championship together. And Cook is considered a top talent…maybe even the best at his position in this draft (at least arguably).

    Serious Bromance!

    But so was Roberto Aguayo. You remember him? The kicker that would give Jameis the confidence to just get the Bucs close and Roberto would put it through the uprights. After all, he was the most accurate kicker inside of 40 yards in NCAA history. How could those two Noles not feed off each other? Everyone believed that. Licht even traded up for Aguyao! The Bucs were going to score every time they touched the ball. If the Bucs had 10 offensive possessions per game, they would at least come away with 30 points (10 x 3), if not more!

    Dalvin Cook is his own player and not Roberto Aguayo. If he is available in the 2nd round like Aguayo was then the Bucs should seriously consider him, but not before the second. Running backs are deep in this years draft. Really deep. If he isn’t a generational talent, you should fill the positional need later.

    Speaking of generational talent…

    Do the Bucs need a kick returner?
    Do the Bucs need a punt returner?
    Do the Bucs need a wide receiver?
    Do the Bucs need a running back?

    There is one guy who is all of those things and is literally a “generational” talent. 2nd generation. He’s the guy that opposing defensive coordinators have worried about for the last 2 years because he was the best player on his team. He’s also had opposing special teams coordinators losing sleep. He catches everything you throw at him. He doesn’t fumble. He has amazing game speed, but runs well in shorts too.

    You know who he is. That’s the ONE guy you take at 19 if you’re the Bucs. He’s been the face of a team and is a true leader.

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      BucWild02

      Editor mode:

      …He catches everything you throw at him: footballs, playbooks, regular books, microphones, ethical standards, and expectations. He doesn’t fumble. He has amazing game speed, but runs well in shorts too…really well. No one outworks him at practice.

      You know who he is. He’s the ONE running back you take at 19 if you’re the Bucs. He’s been the face of a team and is a true leader.

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      scubog

      Christian McCaffrey is my choice because he fills three needs. I sure wouldn’t be upset if Dalvin Cook, who is nearly as versatile and more of an every down back, is our guy.

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      cgmaster27

      Generational talent? Hahaha thanks for the laugh. Had cook played in the PAC 12 he’d have broken every record in the books.
      And you put WAY too much stock in kickoff returns. With most going in the end zone that means nothing to me. And everything else you explained in there is exactly what Charles Simms does.
      Amazing speed? Cook is faster and bigger so there goes that. The only thing your points have going for them is that cook won’t be there at 19, but if he is ,the Bucs wouldn’t even think twice about taking cook before mcCaffery.

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        cgmaster27

        Oh and pre draft, there wasn’t one Nole fan clammoring for Roberto so just stop. He’ll even after the draft I didn’t like the pick.

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        BucWild02

        Watch the pro day work outs and get back to me. Homer is as homer does.

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        BucWild02

        What I don’t understand is how fans say that Cook was more of an every down back than McCaffery. Watch the tape. Cook’s highlights are mostly through gaping holes and contact occurs 10 yards down the field. He goes for the sideline EVERY time and in the NFL, there is speed on the defense too. He will never get the edge in the NFL like he did in the ACC. Not to mention, watch the HORRIBLE tackling on Cooks highlights. It’s a joke.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz_TN_sC0Ww

        I’m not bothered though. If he has a crappy year, you same fans who are begging for him to be drafted will be just as quick to thrown him out with yesterday’s newspaper in favor of the next best thing, just like Aguayo.

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      BucWild02

      Watch McCaffery highlights here:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5k_A7atcmY

      Pay close attention to the first and goal from the 2 where McCaffery uses POWER up the gut. Spin moves, stiff arms, between the tackles running and arguably one of the best WR’s in this draft.

      No cgmaster, McCaffery doesn’t get to play all world teams with the FBS toughest defenses like wake forest, charleston southern, miami, usf, north carolina, syracuse, boston college, louisville, ole miss, florida or clemson.

      By the way, when Cook had to carry his team against Louisville on the big stage last year, what happened? LOL

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    Naplesfan

    It’s silly to fall in love with a single player, especially at pick no. 19, I suspect most of it being driven here by little more than Seminoles homerism, which is rampant here, especially by the author of this post, and the usual commenters. Just admit it, you’re homers, and any Seminole worthy of a pick in the first round would likely be shown the same love by the same authors and commenters. I’m not impressed by homerism by anybody in a draft, for any college team, anywhere except for the Bucs themselves.

    In any event, there’s tons of talent at a wide range of positions available at #19, and knowing how Licht operates, I doubt very much he would allow himself to fall deeply in love with a single player who may or may not be available at 19.

    If Cook is available and Licht takes him, I’m OK with that and we’ll all welcome him as a Buc … just like any other of possibly a dozen other players Jason is considering for that pick.

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      cgmaster27

      So what about taking the best running back in the history of the school is homerism? You all said the same thing last year about Ramsey and he went on to be the highest graded rookie db in the NFL last year. But it was homerism when we wanted him. The anti-Nike contingent, which is also rampant in this site, completely looks past any talent a Nole has as homerism and it’s weak.
      The best back in Bucs history had all of his school records shattered in one less year by cook. Saying people wanting him is homerism and not just wanted a talented player is dumb. but thanks for thinking you can speak for the rest of us, we all know you’re never wrong.

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        Naplesfan

        Your own words show your undisguised homerism, cg … “taking the best running back in the history of the school” is irrelevant to a Bucs fan, looking at any player through anything but garnet and gold glasses.

        A Gator homer would look at Teez Tabor and declare him the best defensive back in UF history … even if that were true, it wouldn’t matter to a Bucs fan who is not looking at the world through orange and blue glasses.

        What matters to a Bucs fan who isn’t more of a Noles fan is that the Bucs take the best player available, with absolutely not a care in the world what school he played for. You draft the best player available because he’s the best player available, even if he went to Hobart U. Or the University of (pick any state in the union).

        My original point as I wrote above is that it is silly to fall in love with any particular player in the draft, where people are saying crazy things like “If Cook goes to the Bucs, my life would be complete. This is ALL I wish for!!!”

        … a comment to which you responded with “You and me both sir, you and me both.” That is Exhibit A for both falling in love with a particular player, and your complete surrender to Nole homerism, cg.

        When teams do whenever their GM falls in love with a player is that they tend to reach and very frequently the team gets screwed in the end with unsatisfied expectations. Happens every single year in the draft to multiple NFL teams.

        Most Bucs fans would agree today that that is precisely what happened to Jason Licht last year in taking Aguayo – that he literally fell in love with the guy, traded up to get him, was mercilessly mocked throughout the NFL for taking a kicker in the second round, and then (surprise! surprise!) throughout last season, the Bucs got screwed in the process with poor kicking. Call it a GM life lesson. I don’t expect Jason Licht to repeat that again any time soon, if ever.

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    Dude

    I think the Bucs would be willing to jump two or three spots if Cook is there, but I doubt into the top 10. I’m not a homer, or really a big Noles fan, but I like them. With that being said, what Cook has done on the field can’t be denied. He broke all of Dunn’s records at FSU and we all know how good Warrick was in the NFL.

    I think Cook is exactly what we need. McCaffery would be a good choice, but I don’t think he is an every down back, and a good option for your first round pick. You need a guy who can go out there and play every down. Maybe if we didn’t already have a slot receiver, then McCaffery would be a good first round pick. Because then you could use him in the backfield and in the slot. But then you would still need another RB.

    This draft will be exciting as the talent is deep at many positions. No matter what, the Bucs should get a good talent that is going to help this team in the first round.

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