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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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    McCaffery is the best option for our 1st round pick. He is a great runner who is also a fantastic receiver and return man. HE could be Winston’s safety blanket. McCaffery would take this offense to the next level.

  2. 2


    I would lean towards mcaffry as well but don’t think he will be there.

    I really don’t like PR’s pick of Obi. This just doesn’t seem like first RD talent to me. Too risky a move.

    I like T.E. Howard too.

  3. 3


    I say best pick would be a tight end if you truly wanna see winston in top 5 qb tier this season and a running back in round 2…honestly I would like us to take njoku round 1 and mixon round 2(someone has to forgive and draft mixon lol!!)..seems like I’m the only that see’s he’s the best running back in this draft class(and yes I love dalvin cook and mccaffrey)and would truly catipulte this offense into an unstopple one.

    1. 3.1


      Howard, Cook, Davis, Njoku, Ross, Mixon, in that order. (I’m leaving out Williams and Fournette because haven’t seen a single draft which has them falling far enough for us to get them).
      I really think McCaffrey will end up as a bust no matter who takes him (save maybe New England), so I’m praying we don’t go that route.

  4. 4


    I wish either of the ESPNers are correct but I doubt it.

  5. 6


    If you look at the SB Nation aggregator you will see they have Tampa taking Dalvin Cook. But because each pick is independent, teams could be having the same pick. So I went through and took those teams next available choice (those are the ones with no college listed). Also if there is a tie, I listed both choices.

    1 clv Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett
    2 sf Stanford DE Solomon Thomas
    3 chi Alabama DL Jonathan Allen
    4 jax LSU RB Leonard Fournette
    5 ten Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore
    6 nyj Mitchell Trubisky QB
    7 sd Ohio State S Malik Hooker
    8 car Dalvin Cook RB
    9 cin Alabama LB Reuben Foster
    10 buf Clemson WR Mike Williams
    11 no Tennessee DE Derek Barnett
    12 clv Deshawn Watson QB
    13 az Notre Dame QB DeShone Kizer
    14 phi Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey
    15 ind Temple LB Haason Reddick
    16 bal Washington WR John Ross
    17 was Michigan DT Malik McDowell
    18 ten OJ Howard TE
    19 TAMPA David Njoku TE or Christian McCaffrey RB
    20 den Utah OT Garett Bolles
    21 det Michigan DE Taco Charlton
    22 mia Western Kentucky OL Forrest Lamp
    23 nyg Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk
    24 oak Haason Reddick LB or Christian McCaffrey RB
    25 hou Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes II
    26 sea Alabama OT Cam Robinson
    27 kc Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham
    28 dal Missouri DE/OLB Charles Harris
    29 gb Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt
    30 pitt UCLA DE/OLB Takkarist McKinley
    31 atl Forrest Lamp OL
    32 no Michigan S Jabrill Peppers

    1. 6.1


      Oppps I noticed that Haason Reddick was picked at 15 so it is not a choice for Oakland. If Tampa picks Njoku then Oakland would get McCaffrey. If Tampa picked McCaffrey, there would lots of changes from Oakland to the end of the round.

  6. 7


    Friom CBS Sportsline-

    Rob Rang – David Njoku
    Dan Brugler- Dalvin Cook
    Pete Prisco- Cam Robinson
    Will Brinson- Dalvin Cook
    Jared Dubin -Obi Melifonwu
    Ryan Wilson- Dalvin Cook

    1. 7.1


      I would so very much love to see us get Dalvin Cook. I mean, people have no clue. I’d dance a jig (not very well, mind you) and post it on Youtube if we got Cook. 😉

  7. 8

    Buc 1976

    I hope Todd Mc is right, but I don’t think he is!

  8. 9


    I love the fact that the mocks are all over the place as to the Bucs pick in round 1.

    This is the Forrest Gump draft for the Bucs … like a box of chocolates, you have to open it up to see what we get.

    1. 10.1


      See, and here’s the telling information from that article, at least for me:

      “McCaffrey averaged 4.91 yards per rush on inside runs in 2016 and 5.18 for his college career. By comparison, Rams running back Todd Gurley had 8.05 yards per carry on inside runs in 2013 and 2014 at Georgia, the most in college football. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon (2015-16) averaged 6.98 (7th) and Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott (2014-15) averaged 6.84 (10th) at Ohio State.”

      This guy didn’t even average 5.2 yards per carry in his college career, and average UNDER 5.0 yards per carry running inside. Sorry, but this is NOT a guy I want, OR believe will be successful at the next level.

      I see people comparing him to Devonta Freeman, but Freeman averaged 6.6 yards per carry his junior year.
      Warrick Dunn averaged between 6.2 and 7.5 yards per carry in college (6.9 for his college career).
      Really, name someone who’s had success at the next level and they all have significantly better numbers that McCaffrey.

      Sorry, but McCaffrey is a disaster waiting to happen, IMO. I certainly don’t see him getting BETTER in the pros.

      1. 10.1.1


        One can make statistical arguments for or against any player in the draft, and spin it any way you want. You are a Cook advocate, so you trash other players. That is NOT how Jason Licht thinks about the draft.

        They look at the tape, mountains of tape, and think about the player’s intangibles, how they fit with their current offensive and defensive schemes, talk to the players, work them out, etc. etc.

        Jason Licht does not create an enemies list where he believes unequivocally that a given player is “a disaster waiting to happen”, or that a given player being drafted will make all right in the world and satisfy his player lust. Only silly fans think that way.



          And what? Do you really think I believe Licht won’t be exhaustive in his evaluation? Of course he will.

          You wrote: “Jason Licht does not create an enemies list where he believes unequivocally that a given player is “a disaster waiting to happen.”

          Who said he does? Please show me where I claimed Jason Licht did this. I do believe he very well may peg players as disasters waiting to happen though, but not because he “creates an enemies list.” (Really, what a moronic and bizarre claim!??!) You don’t see him considering Joe Yearby in round one, do you?

          I’m not ignorant as to the amount of work they put in, but you can’t ignore the numbers either. I’m results oriented. I don’t care, frankly, if McCaffrey could get the ball, do the Riverdance, 18 backflips (19 would be impressive, but not 18 or fewer 😉 ), whip, Nene, and then only get ~5 yards per carry on inside runs IN COLLEGE!!! What ultimately matters is his production.
          McCaffrey didn’t get better as time went on. He got worse in the areas that matter most.
          Here’s his avg. yards per play from scrimmage:

          2014 9.3
          2015 7.0
          2016 6.6

          And he played on a darn good team.

          You said “One can make statistical arguments for or against any player in the draft.” Really? So you’re saying there are numbers ASIDE from yards per carry or avg. yards per play from scrimmage which matter for a RB?
          Great! Let’s see them, then let’s compare them to all the other players at the position. I think you’ll be really hard pressed to find much to make McCaffrey look good. Even his best stat, total yardage, makes him look both like, at BEST a 3rd down back, and an overworked back with mileage on him who is wearing down over time. It’s not just Cook who looks good next to him, and though I’m pro-Cook, I’m only pro-Cook because of his production (I’m an SEC guy, Carolina Gamecock, so kind of hate Florida State).

          I’m also not saying I couldn’t be wrong. The best thing about this site is we’re allowed to voice our opinions, hopefully without some random guy making bizarre claims as to what we think. I just happen to back up my opinions with a bit of research and reason and don’t hide behind the magical “well, he looks good on tape” argument. To make it sound like *I* believe in Licht making some wild “enemies list” is a complete strawman. Should I now make up some bizarre claim about what YOU think? Maybe I should say YOU believe Jason Licht makes up some fairy dust which he sprinkles on all his draft picks he put on his “friends list” which magically make their production better than it was in college. I’d be wrong if I said that. You didn’t claim that, but nor did I say I believed in some “enemies list” or that I believed Licht should only look at numbers.

          I said point blank it was MY OPINION McCaffrey is a disaster waiting to happen as a first round pick. I still believe that. I don’t claim to have the first clue what Jason Licht believes about him, and you don’t have the first clue as to what I believe, other than about McCaffrey.



            He sure has a lot of qualities and versatility that make me think he’ll succeed. I don’t think he’s that every down hammer of a running back but he can a “weapon” in three areas that Jon Gruden would have called a “joker.”

            Enjoyed your “article” Honey.

  9. 11


    I’m on board with McCaffrey, but I wonder if there is a player that is on Licht’s board that is off the radar of much of the PR discussion… It could be a player that slides, like a Reuben Foster, who ends up at 19? or Mike Williams? Haason Reddick is another interesting player? One thing is for sure, Most of us argued about Jameis/Mariota a couple of years ago… The Bucs don’t have a huge gaping hole at any one position, so the possibilities are endless and the idea that the draft best available could become the prevailing logic.

  10. 12


    The fact that the analyst are all over the board is a good thing. Not for the confusion it may cause other teams, the varying opinions of Buc’s fans, or the headache it must cause the analysts, but it appears beyond a doubt that the Buc’s will land a prime pick and satisfy at least one of it’s three needs. The Buc’s current roster is pretty strong, what we get from the draft should be over the top added value and depth.

  11. 14


    Whoever is their highest rated pick at spot 19, I’m okay with it as it will still be a need.

  12. 15


    The more divergence in mock drafts, the more valuable the pick will be in a trade. All the teams behind the Bucs will think the Bucs will select the player they want. And the Bucs have enough needs that 1 player is not going to make a difference.

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