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, 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]
Players interviewed at the Combine
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo (COM)
Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss (COM)
David Njoku, TE, Miami (COM)
Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State (COM)
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC (COM)
Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE/3-4DE, Villanova (COM)
Caleb Brantley, DT/NT, Florida (COM)
Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (COM)
Players with scheduled private visits to Tampa
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama (PRI)
David Njoku, TE, Miami (PRI)
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (PRI)
Rodney Adams, WR, USF (PRI)
Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (PRI)
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (PRI)
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee (PRI)
Rayshawn Jenkins, FS, Miami (PRI)
Adoree Jackson, CB, USC (PRI)
Players who had Pro Day meetings with Bucs
Josh Tupou, DT, Colorado (PRO)
Josh Augusta, DT/NT, Missouri (PRO)
Brian Hill, RB, Wyoming (PRO)
Ryan Anderson, OLB, Alabama (PRO)
Dayton Pratt, OLB, East Carolina (PRO)
Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell (PRO)
Mason Zandi, OT, South Carolina (PRO)
Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut (PRO)
Budda Baker, FS, Washington (PRO)
Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan (PRO)
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (PRO)
Players who had on campus private workouts with Bucs
Eric Wilson, OLB, Cincinnati (WOR)
Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington (WOR)
Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (WOR)
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (WOR)
Rodney Adams, WR, USF (WOR)
Julie’n Davenport, OT, Bucknell (WOR)
Avery Gennesy, OT, Texas A&M (WOR)
Dorian Johnson. OG, Pittsburgh (WOR)
Tyler Orlosky, C, West Virginia (WOR)
Michael Roberts, TE, Toledo (WOR)
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland (WOR)
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo (WOR)
Tedric Thompson, SS, Colorado (WOR)
Obi Melifonwu, SS, Connecticut (WOR)
Budda Baker, FS, Washington (WOR)
Kevin King, CB, Washington (WOR)
Players who have local visits in Tampa
Dalton Schomp, P, Seminole/FAU
Justin Vogel, P, Berkeley Prep/Miami
Brandon Holloway, WR, Alonso/Mississippi State
Karel Hamilton, WR, Strawberry Crest/Samford
Martin Ruiz, RB, Robinson/Youngstown State
T.J. Murcherson, FS, Freedom/UCF
Leon McQuay III, FS, Armwood/USC
David Jones, FS, St. Pete/Richmond
Nate Godwin, FS, Freedom/USF
Brandon Leston, FS, Clearwater/USF
Antonio Crawford, CB, Plant/West Virginia
Shaquill Griffin, CB, Lakewood/UCF
Kofi Amichia, OT, USF
Dominique Threatt, OG, USF
Daniel Awoleke, DT, USF
Nigel Harris, LB, USF
*All info per Greg Auman and WalterFootball.com
Sometimes you amaze me Mac!!!!!
Oh god, throwing up
I still think Bucs will pick an offensive player unless by some weird luck none of the top running backs or receivers or TE’s are available at 19. I think there will be several available. They have to be patient and just let the draft come to them. If there is a Defensive player that they believe is just too good to skip on, they should take him. Because as everyone knows, the draft is deep at the skill positions on offense with the exception of QB and they will be able to pick all three positions into the 4th round and still find quality players.
I never thought I would say this but I like to see old buco Bruce now and then. IMO if we draft a Safety in Rd 1 Obi M should be the pick we need more height and length especially in red zone he is very fast at his size.
The Bucs could move down a few spots get a extra pick and OBI M.
As far as safety early on it that’s what they decide I’d go Baker Over Obi. Just feel like Obi is a bust or will be very average at best for some reason. Buddha is a tackling machine and blitzes like a mad man. He would make instant impact now instead of waiting for Obi to come around or not.
I agree, this is the first time in years that there is an abundance of good players that fit our few needs and I am confident we will get at least 2 potential starters and several depth players by just letting them come to us. You can work mocks until you drop but this is a no lose year for the Buc’s and I am sure Licht will work his magic.
Why aren’t people higher on safety Josh Jones of NC State? Pre-combine he was ranked higher than Obi. He had a great combine that has not been talked about at all. The write up on him is he’s a big guy that has good instincts, great speed (4.41, 40 time) and likes to hit. He sounds like an excellent value in the second round.
Karma I agree with you on Jones also check out David Jones from Richmond 6’3″ 215 lbs 40 time 4.43 he lost his 16 season do to broken arm in 15 he had 9 int’s. Looks like a sleeper third day.
If Njoku is gone along with the top WR’s, McCaffrey and Cook, we should trade down. We can get a safety, RB, TE, Edge or CB with the first pick and use the draft capital from trading down to trade up in the second to get whichever player we want. Coming out of this draft with a starting safety and a starting RB or TE would be a big win.
Agreed , if none of this offensive players are there, trade back and get more picks. I would love as many picks as possible in this draft.
Why Do People Refer To The Older Colors As Creamsicle..Befuddles Me..Official Colors Were Florida Orange And Red..
I dig the Creamsicle unis, myself. As Macabee was point out in a past discussion; isn’t the point moot since they can’t change helmets during the season anyways? It seems sort of ridiculous to me that they can’t have an approved secondary helmet so teams can show off their history.
The logic of having a bigger safety like Obi is certainly compelling, all other things being equal. We face some very big and capable receivers in the NFC South twice a season.
The problem is all other things usually aren’t equal. So it comes down to whether Jason and his team of draft evaluators think that Obi has enough of the other stuff we need.
We all thought that the Bucs were going to have the most dominant big guy receiving corps in football three years ago, between Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and ASJ – but alas, the “Dunkaneers” never materialized. That is a cautionary tale on the value of big compared to other stuff.
Problem with trading back is that we have to find a partner that is willing to. Not sure if we get the chance because as numerous people have saud, it is a deep draft.
This eam doesn’t need safeties, it needs a bad ass defensive line that makes a QB nervous.
I’m not sure why the Bucs would waste a pre-draft visit on OJ Howard. It is very doubtful he will make it to pick #19 (unless they are planning to trade up – UGH). They got to see and talk to him at the Senior Bowl. If he does make it to #19, the Bucs should run (not walk) to the stage and pick him.
I really enjoyed re-watching the John McKay show. It sure brought back some old memories. Loved his sarcasm. I think some of our younger Bucs fans would have really liked James Wilder, who I contend is the best Bucs RB of all time. Too bad he had to play on some really bad teams.
I concur, Scubog.
He should, without a doubt, be in the Bucs Ring of Honor.
How Doug Williams got there before him is beyond me.
What’s next, Tony Romo is the Hall of Fame?
For all you guys concerned about why players are rising or falling in the draft I only have one question for you.
Unless you are related to him, he’s your BFF or you’re his agent why do you even care.
I mean talk about senseless.
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