Each week PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook answers your submitted questions about the Bucs. You can have your question answered by asking on Twitter using the #PRMailbag hashtag and also on the message boards. Here are this week’s five questions.
Question: With this draft being so deep do you think the Bucs should just trade out the 1st and maximize picks?
Answer: I would not be overly opposed to doing just that. Especially if the main guys the Bucs have as targets are gone when they pick. Scott Reynolds took a great look at that specific scenario in his Fab 5 from last Friday.
“Tampa Bay should trade down in the first round – and possibly in the second round – because of the value of this deep draft and the amount of talent that will be available in the third and fourth rounds this year. Licht has shown he can nail a mid-round draft pick, evidenced by the selection of fourth-round middle linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015. And with the third- and fourth round full of talented players that could definitely earn a roster spot and perhaps playing time, this is the year the Bucs need to turn seven draft picks into nine.
Not only would drafting eight or nine players increase the chance that Tampa Bay would hit a few home runs with more swings, this is the year that Licht needs to lay the final pieces of the Bucs’ foundation for perennial playoff success as the Bucs did in drafts from 1995-98 with the selections of Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp (1995) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (1995), fullback Mike Alstott (1996), cornerback Donnie Abraham (1996), running back Warrick Dunn (1997), cornerback Ronde Barber (1997) and cornerback Brian Kelly (1998).”
You can obviously read all the different scenarios and other thoughts he had by clicking the link, and I completely agreed with him on most everything. Take away the Aguayo pick last year, I think Licht really showed he and his staff can find gems outside the first round like Kevin Pamphile, Kwon Alexander, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith. If he is going to trade down, this is the year to do it.
Question: Why hasn’t Glazer brought in Derrick Brooks been brought into the organization like Shelton Quarles? DB has SOOOO much to offer.
Answer: I like the idea of bringing in former players to some capacity in the organization – if it is the right fit. While I love Derrick Brooks the player, I am not exactly where he fits in the organization. Quarles has his role, and by all accounts the team is very pleased with what he is doing. Brooks isn’t coming to the organization to be a regional scout. Traveling half the year, staying in mediocre hotel rooms in the middle of nowhere and putting in 90-hour work weeks. Plus he has a pretty sweet gig as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Storm. I think it would take a big offer to get him to walk away, and I am not sure exactly what that could be. But never say never I suppose.
Question: What grade do you have on Texas RB Foreman? Do you prefer him or Hunt or Mack for the Bucs?
Answer: The draft isn’t my forte like it is for Reynolds and Trevor Sikkema, but watching him in games a few times recently, I see a big back, like nothing else the Bucs have on their current roster. He also has deceptive speed for a big guy, and if he gets loose in the second level, some poor cornerback is going to see a downhill runner who will dish out as much punishment as he takes. Maybe more.
Sikemma wrote this recently:
“Foreman was one of the more intriguing backs in college football this season, mainly because he had the production of over 2,00 rushing yards while playing at a reported 250 pounds. He wasn’t really 250 pounds, Foreman himself said that when he weighed in at 233 at the NFL Combine – he said his playing weight was probably around 240.
Still, over 2,000 yards of rushing is impressive no matter the size, and at just 20 years old, he’s one of the youngest prospects in the draft with the least amount of mileage on his body for a ball carrier. We know the team has met with later round backs like Kareem Hunt and Marlon Mack multiple times throughout the process. Now we can throw Foreman on their radar as well.”
I like Mack a lot, love his game-breaking, game-changng open field speed and ability. I am not as high on Hunt as some, but again I am not a scout and haven’t studied him as much as others who have him rated pretty high. We do know the Bucs have interest in Both Foreman, Mack and Hunt. We will see how it pans out in less than three weeks.
Question: A lot of the payers are posting workout videos. Do the players seem more determined to be better this year?
Answer: I’d like to say yes this is an indication of 53 guys doing everything they can to prepare themselves for a Super Bowl season, and in a lot of cases, that is exactly what we are seeing. However, I would chalk it more up to the popularity of social media, and more outlets for players to share things with the fans. Plus you can bet these trainers and facilities are begging the players to publicize their workouts. Free advertising essentially. I do believe this is a very focused team working towards once goal though.
Question: Which RB out of the top prospects are you least fond of and why – Cook, Fournette, McCaffery, Mixon, Foreman, Perine, Hunt, Mack or Kamara?
Answer: Well we all know who I AM the most fond of. My second cousin Dalvin Cook, of course! All of the running backs you mentioned have strengths and weaknesses. Sore more than others, but one thing we can agree on is they are all talented backs.
I don’t know that I am qualified to say who is the one I am least fond of from a technical perspective, but if there is one I would take off my board, it is Mixon. Now he very well may be THE best of all listed, but I have a major problem with what he did. I understand words were said, words that should have never been hurled at any human. But he has to show more elf control than he displayed. I do believe in second chances, and someone will give him one. It just wouldn’t be me on my football team. I know that isn’t a popular opinion, but it is mine I am entitled to.
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, the beach and family time.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@example.com
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