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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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    No question we need a TE. He’s got to be able to go in rotational mode for Brate or Stocker which means some speed and size .
    Njkuo fits that category, but is he ready?

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      Buc 1976

      Nijkuo will be ready and has a Ton of upside.

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    I liked learning about Michael Roberts. 16 touchdowns!! That’s insane

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    The more I hear about Roberts, the more I like him. I was a big fan of Bucky Hodges for most of this off-season, but this article points out some of his deficiencies that I was never aware of. Not sure who to believe. I know that if you poll 10 different draft experts, you will get 10 different lists and 10 different opinions on each player. Good news is, I trust the Bucs to make the right decisions and I will support whoever they draft! I can’t wait for the draft!!

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    I’d like to see some Butt in the third day of the draft.

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    Licht seems to like those small school gems. Adam Shaheen would fit that bill. He beat up on lesser talent, but at 6’6″ 278 lbs sounds like he could beat up some pros too. Has the size you want for blocking, some of the other T.E.’s you mentioned couldn’t handle D linemen at their weight.

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    Cameron Brate had 57 catches for 660 yards and a league leading 8 touchdowns.
    The top 5 TE’s last year based on catches Pitta(86), Kelce(85), Rudolph(83), Olsen(80), and Ertz(78).
    Only two TE’s eclipsed 1000 yards receiving, Kelce(1125) and Olsen(1073).

    Why spend a top pick on another TE? How much more production can you expect from the position and how much of that production comes at Brate’s expense? If Brate goes down, then the Bucs are thin at the position. That is true. If the TE needs time to grow into the role(Njoku is raw), how much help will he be anyway?

    Defense wins championships. You know it’s true Bucs fans!

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      Buc 1976

      Brate is a nice TE. He IMO will never be a all pro. I would hate to see him traded BUT he would bring a nice draft pick if he was.
      The reason I bring up trades is because if Bucs do make the playoffs they can use draft capital to move around in future drafts.

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    Hank Scorpio

    TE is definitely a need, but considering we already have a good starter in Brate, I would rather we target Shaheen, Butt, or Roberts on day 3 than spend our 1st pick on Njoku. I wouldn’t throw my remote at the TV if we did take Njoku though as I think he will be a really good TE in the NFL and will be a day 1 contributor as a pass catcher while his blocking skills catch up.

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    Yes , it’s true we need an extra tight end. Brate most definitely needs to have a back up plan. I still think that Stocker has value on the team. You are right about him though, he’s not scaring the heck out of anyone with his pass catching.
    O J Howard should be the only TE that the BUCS should consider drafting. That pick needs to be nailed to the barn door.
    I’ll leave it to Licht and Koetter to draft a TE later.
    Adam Shaheen?
    Roberts? BTW, good write up on him PR.
    Go BUCS

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      Buc 1976

      Chett I have posted MANY TIMES to do what ever the Bucs need to do and get OJH if he somehow is on the board around 12-13 make a trade even a 2018 second round pick. IMO he is a 8+ years all pro.

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        No gripes with me on that. OJ is the best TE I’ve seen in years. I’ll compare him to Kellen Winslow.
        The old man not the kid’
        GO BUCS

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    Buc 1976

    Even if Bucs draft a TE in first rd. Jake Butt would be a value pick in 3_4 rd.

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      Hell, I’d draft him just for his name. I’m sure he would be the butt of some commenters.
      GO BUCS

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