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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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    I don’t know if it’s ever been addressed before on this site, but what actualyy happens on these visits? I know they run them through some drills and see how they are in the classroom with film, but I just wasn’t sure if they try to do any kind of buttering up. It’s not like they are an FA or we are trying to get them to commit to us or anything. Do we take them out for a night in Ybor or anything?

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      I’m guessing these are more about getting to the know the guy and not the player. Sure thy’ll run through some drills, but probably most about getting to know the man as well as the player. I believe when Jameis came in for his, the Bucs brought Mccoy or VJ out to dinner and stuff with them.

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    Licht loves young players who havent reached their physical potential yet. I think this guy is our first rounder if Howard is off the board.

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    Saw him interviewed on NFL Network. Well spoken and seemed likable.
    After watching the YouTube highlights I came away pleasantly pleased.
    I’m sure that Litch has a plan I also like the idea of draft someone from Miami, seems to me they might handle the heat here better. I can’t count the kids from up north just wilting in training camp. It might be impossible to goof the first pick up. Mocks have us all over the place. Actually saw a mock that Solomon falling to 19. Dream on.

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    I can’t say I am against this pick, but Brate was at the top of the NFL with TD’s last year, and not many offenses truly can feature two tight ends. The Patriots didn’t even use Martellus Bennett consistently last year. I would have rather paid some cash to sign him then use our first round on this guy. He is more athletic than Brate, but how much more upside will he have with Brate playing, and the Bucs lacking at #2 or #3 WR and RB. If Deshaun Jackson or Mike Evans goes down, we are in the same boat as lat year. Does a second TE change that? OJ Howard seems like a freak. This guy seems like ASJ’s atheticism and upside, but maybe not the college resume.

    As an FSU alum, I love to see in-state players succeed, including Gators and ‘Canes. But I don’t recall him as a factor in any FSU-Miami games the past few years. He seems like a lot of upside (see Gaines Adams,) but to use a first round pick on a TE seems like a reach. They better have a plan if they draft him.

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    If he’s the best of the bunch at 19 then he’d be my guy. He was very impressive on NFL Network.

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    Buc 1976

    I also watched him on NFL Network, seems to be very smart guy.
    The only difference between him and Howard is blocking and with coaching will get better only being 20 years old he may have more upside so I think Bucs should draft him. Alot of teams use 2TE.

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    Seems like a good option … if the top WRs the Bucs have targeted are off the board at 19, he’s a good option .. but at the same time, I could easily see Licht finding a willing trade partner to trade down a few spots to get Njoku and then upgrade our second pick, or some other such kind of trade.

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    If Christian McCafferey is there, he would be a great pick. He is a RB, can play WR, and returns kicks. If the Bucs picked him, they resign Doug Martin to a league minimum with incentives. If Martin is good, they have McCafferey as a WR and KR. If Martin isn’t okay, he is the RB.

    Should Mike Evans or D-Jax get injured, we are right back where we were last year… no RB, no #2 WR.

    McCafferey makes more sense than an athletic developmental TE.

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      I like McCaffrey’s versatility too.

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    Buc 1976

    If all of the WR,TE are off the board, then draft best DE.
    All the teams in our Div. can score. A better pass rush will help the DB’s.

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