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: The Eagles submitted proposal that would’ve allowed for return of creamsicle uniforms. Why haven’t Bucs been pushing this?
Answer: Who says they haven’t! Well I don’t know one way or the other honestly. I do know the organization misses hosting the throwback games, and not just because it gives them an opportunity to cash in on selling the throwback jerseys and other things, but the Glazers honestly respect the past and embrace the history and heritage of the team before they became owners. If they thought they could convince the NFL to allow they to work around the rule they would.
I am not sure how the younger generation feels about it, or if they even care, but as a 46-year old man who once wore Bucco Bruce footie pajamas and had a matching orange robe from Sears, I know I sure enjoyed seeing the stadium transformed back to the old days, flooding my memories of my youth. Listening to Mark Champion calling the games on the radio, announcing another sack of Ron Jaworski by Lee Roy Selmon, and then hardly being able to wait for Randy Scott hosting the John McKay Show on Channel 44 on Monday nights. Below is a blast from the past I found recently.
Question: Who would you say would be more beneficial in the long run, a 6-4 Obi Melinfonwu or 5-10 Budda Baker. Both look to be good safeties.
Answer: I turned this one over to one of our draft experts, Scott Reynolds, and this was his answer: The biggest difference between Obi Melifonwu and Budda Baker is size. Six inches separate the two elite safeties, and it will be interesting to see which player the Bucs prefer and if either is chosen at No. 19. Baker is Tyrann Mathieu-type player with great ability near the line of scrimmage as a tackler and blitzed, and in the slot in terms of coverage. He’s the more instinctive of the two, but he also might have the lower ceiling. While Melifonwu might have more potential, the bust factor might be bigger with him due to the fact that his instincts aren’t as developed and his football I.Q. doesn’t always show up on tape like you’d want.
We put Melifonwu in the mock draft to Tampa Bay over Baker because of the size of the receivers and tight ends in the NFC South. Having a bigger DB capable of creating better size match-ups in the secondary might be important to defensive coordinator Mike Smith, who likes his safeties to play man coverage in the slot regularly. Baker would also be a great scheme fit, but would the Bucs be comfortable with adding another 5-foot-10 DB to the secondary a year after adding a pair of 5-foot-10 guys in Vernon Hargreaves and Brent Grimes?
Question: What are the chances of getting a Rd 1 Dalvin Cook FSU, Rd 2 Jordan Willis KSU and Rd 3 Marcus Maye UF next mock?
Answer: Extremely slim. I mean we could mock it, however the purpose is to try and get it as close to reality as possible. Speaking to a source recently, the Bucs just don’t believe there is any chance Dalvin Cook falls to them at No. 19. And if they believe that Cook will be gone, chances are Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey could also be gone. The Bucs most likely will have to look in the second or third rounds for a running back. That means USF’s Marlon Mack, and Toledo’s Kareem Hunt are likely on the team’s wish list.
Willis is a possibility for sure. The Bucs are desperate for pass rush help, however anytime you mention pass rushers to Jason Licht his eyes light up and always says, you can’t have too many good pass rushers. I share my thoughts on Maye in the next question below.
Question: I understand that safety is one of the Bucs biggest needs to address in the draft. All the chatter has been on either Budda Baker or Obi Melifonwu, but it is unlikely that either of them will fall to the Bucs in the 2nd at pick 50. Why hasn’t there been any talk about Florida S Marcus Maye in the second round?
Answer: If the Bucs pass on a safety in the first round, Maye could possibly be a guy they look at. Maye had a solid pro day last week in Gainesville but so far none of our sources point to any specific interest from Tampa Bay. Of course that doesn’t mean the Bucs don’t think highly of Maye, it just means they haven’t been transparent if they do. I am with Mel Kiper who grades Maye just a little under Melifonwu and Baker, in that I think he has the chance to be a productive NFL player, and a good value if he were to slip to the third round.
Question: Where can we find a list of all the pre-draft visits to the Bucs?
Answer: Well the team won’t officially release a list and most of the ones we know are from calling agents, but even then, the agents sometimes respect the wishes of the teams and won’t say specifically who has an official visit planned. That actually happened to Scott Reynolds this week when we called about a player. We are working to put out a list on the Red Board in our forums of visits we have been able to verify. Look for that to be up by the end of week.
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