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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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    Nice words to hear from Mike Mayock about our once-maligned, but now budding franchise QB . Not going to bring up what Mike Mayock said about Winston during his draft year. Going to look forward. Success cures a lot of doubt and erases the past. I’m going to heed the words of Satchel Paige who said “Never look back, they may be gaining on you!”.

    Mayock is Mayock and I love the guy for what he does at the Senior Bowl and the combine, but I’m taking my draft advice from Cook and Reynolds.

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      I agree with you, macabee. PR rocks when it comes to the draft.

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    AMEN Mac & well put!!! Must not be sauced yet, lol.

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    I totally agree. We have to get him a Starting Receiver right out of the gate on Day one. I think we have to follow with a Running back. And then load up on defensive players. Maybe throw a TE in there somewhere, unless we decide to take a TE with first pick, then take a receiver with second pick.

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    Mike Mayock is OK but I like Charles Davis a little more. My real favorite Draftnick was the late Joel Baushbaum. That little geek knew his stuff. Even though I have all of his big blue books, Mel Kiper has often annoyed me and of course Bill Tobin who once ranted, “Who the hell is Mel Kiper?” on live TV. It was hysterical.

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      Mayock and Davis are both excellent, but I loved Baushbaum too. PR does a fine job, but I will rely on me:)

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    Thanks for stating the obvious Mike.

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    Justin Parks


    Just wondering if anyone has heard of Victor Bolden Jr., he was a senior this passed season. Just wondering if anyone has heard anything about him?

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      You mean Victor “Quick 6” Bolden out of Oregon State. Fast little WR 5-9, 183, 4.42/40. He was not given a draft grade by the NFL – rated 76 out of 416 WRs. Will probably be an UDFA.

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    Buc 1976

    I listen to what Mike Mayock says alot He just seems to look deeper into players than others, he may not be correct every time but judging so many YOUNG men is not an exact science.

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    Well, Mayock pretty must stated the obvious. Everybody knows we need more offensive playmakers on the team, at WR, TE, and RB.

    It is much nice, though, to not have to have the knockdown, dragout fights over picking a quarterback like we had a couple of years ago … and it is nice to finally have quality coaches on the sideline.

    The folks who think the trenches are the more important needs, on offense and defense, are not “wrong”, nor are they “right”. We need all of the above, and we’ll never get all the toys we want every Christmas-come-April. We always have to choose, or at least, the Bucs have to choose. We’re headed in the right direction, and we won’t get to Super Bowl dominance in a single season unless everything just happily clicks – as happened this year for Atlanta, whom NOBODY predicted to be in the Super Bowl back in September after our Bucs beat them in the Atlanta Dome.

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    Said by the man who didn’t think much of Winston in the draft.

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      If you’re responding to me, Veejay, it’s not true. I wasn’t a participant here on PR at the time of the draft with our no. 1 overall pick … but I liked both Winston and Mariota, though I preferred Mariota (as did a slight majority of Bucs fans at the time, according to the polls on the local newsrags. I thought then, as now, that either player would make a fine quarterback over the years to come. So far, both have performed well for their teams. Neither quarterback is close yet to elite performance, which for most quarterbacks takes years of experience in the league.

      No need to rehash the ugly debates …

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    Definitely need a speed WR to influence what teams do with their safeties and how often they double Mike. Not sure drafting another TE has quite as much of an impact in that regard unless his potential translates to a level of production beyond that seen in college (admittedly may not be his fault but still a risk). I actually think it’s moot, betting that others fall in love with his potential and he’s gone before 19.
    Teams that are consistent winners have strong lines. We have too much age and injury history on our DL and too little talent on OL. So after that I’d go OL and DL in rounds 2/3 with the order depending on who is on the board (see job 1, above) and then RB and DB with the same caveat, unless there is a complete stud RB (who can also pass block) too good to pass up available in an earlier round.
    On that point we need a bigger body at RB. Think about it – none of the smaller guys since Dunn has held up. Drafting another quick pass catching RB as PR suggests would just be a formal admission that Sims has failed to live up to expectations and his draft position. Not saying he hasn’t flashed, but i think most of us felt he was a reach when drafted and putting aside his lack of availability earlier, his complete inability to carry the load when needed last season confirmed our fears.

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