PewterReport.com began a new offseason feature recently, giving readers an opportunity to get their questions answered by the PR staff. Today, Scott Reynolds answers five questions taken from Twitter submissions using the hashtag #PRMailbag. Each week one of the questions used will earn the person who asked it a PewterReport.com T-shirt.
Question 1. @Pickett971 asks What do you think the odds of Ronnie Stanley being the 9th pick are do you think the Bucs are high on him?
Answer: I think the key pick is Baltimore at No. 6. If Stanley is available and the Ravens opt to select a defensive lineman like Ohio State’s Joey Bosa or Oregon’s DeForest Buckner for new D-line coach Joe Cullen, who was in Tampa Bay the past two years, then I could easily see him fall to Tampa Bay at No. 9. There is a slight chance Stanley gets picked by San Francisco at No. 7, but I don’t see him getting selected by Philadelphia at No. 8. If Stanley is there at No. 9 the Buccaneers were certainly consider him. The chance to acquire a franchise tackle doesn’t come around often. Typically, you have to have a top 10 pick – sometimes a top 5 selection – to get one because the good ones don’t hit free agency. For that reason, and the fact that the Bucs have a franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston, I could see general manager Jason Licht and head coach Dirk Koetter solidify the offensive line for years to come by choosing Stanley. The Bucs do like him quite a bit. I’m just not sure if they value a particular defensive lineman or a cornerback more than Stanley. I certainly couldn’t fault Tampa Bay for drafting him. Both Stanley and Donovan Smith are physically capable of playing both left and right tackle although their experience has only been on the left side. Demar Dotson and Gosder Cherilus are both over the age of 30 and aren’t the long-term answer at right tackle.
Question 2. @esplin 40 asks, If the Bucs are up at #9 & Rankins and Ramsey are both gone, do we take Hargreaves or attempt to trade down?
Answer: I like Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, but I don’t love him. I think he got exposed a bit at the end of the season and I don’t think he matches up ideally with taller receivers, especially fast ones. I’m not talking about Laquon Treadwell, whom Hargreaves played well against. The Ole Miss receiver is quite good, but he has pedestrian speed. I actually think Ohio State’s Eli Apple and Houston’s William Jackson are better cornerbacks than Hargreaves. That’s just my personal opinion. I know the Bucs like Hargreaves, but I’ve heard that the team doesn’t think he’s a top 10-caliber player. So that suggests that Tampa Bay would trade down to try to take him – or another player – later while acquiring another draft pick or two. Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey will be gone by the time the Bucs pick at No. 9. Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins should be there, though.
Question 3. @natelentz59 What position do you think the Bucs would take if they shock us all and don’t take a DE or CB in the 1st round?
Answer: Well, I’m assuming you wouldn’t be shocked if it was a defensive tackle like Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins at No. 9 or if Tampa Bay traded down to select Baylor’s Andrew Billings. So outside of a left tackle like Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, a defensive tackle, a defensive end or a cornerback I think the plausible position the Buccaneers could take at No. 9 would be a wide receiver like Baylor’s Corey Coleman. This guy has speed to burn, great hands, and a competitive streak that reminds me of a younger Steve Smith. There aren’t a lot of great wide receivers in this draft. Maybe only a handful worth drafting. I think Coleman would be the shocker just because receiver isn’t a big need. Yet this team does have an offensive-minded coach in Dirk Koetter and Vincent Jackson may not be around after 2016. The Bucs offense could use a well-rounded speed receiver, and Coleman fits the bill.
Question 4. @TrajanHerr asks, I’ve seen some analyst say that Karl Joseph is as good or better then Jalen Ramsey? What’s your opinion?
Answer: I’m a little biased because I’m a Big 12 guy. Kansas State is my alma mater, so I watch a lot of Big 12 football as a result. I think Florida State safety Jalen Ramsey is pretty unique. He’s like a defensive version of Jameis Winston due to his competitive nature. I think he’s a tremendous athlete, a good hitter and has speed to burn. What separates West Virginia’s Karl Joseph is health first and foremost. Ramsey is completely healthy and Joseph is coming off a torn ACL, which cost him most of his senior season. But when healthy, Joseph might be just as good for a couple of different reasons. Joseph has better ball skills, evidenced by nine interceptions, including five in just four games as a senior, with 10 passes defensed and three forced fumbles. Ramsey had 22 pass breakups at Florida State, but only had three career picks, including zero in 2015, to go along with three forced fumbles. Joseph is a hard hitter, too. He’s a heat-seeking missle. Ramsey is capable of being a big hitter, too, but he’s a much better coverage safety. I think Joseph is a strong safety in the NFL, while Ramsey is more versatile and capable of playing strong safety, free safety, cornerback or nickel cornerback.
Question 5. @noleRance asks, Do you think Mike Glennon ultimately is traded at or before the draft? If he is traded what is the realistic compensation?
Answer: I think there is a 50-50 chance Bucs backup quarterback Mike Glennon gets traded on or before Draft Day. I think the two most logical landing spots are Cleveland and the New York Jets. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht won’t just give Glennon away and isn’t looking to unload him. I think he’ll pull the trigger if a high second-rounder is offered, or perhaps a low second-rounder and a fourth-round pick. If Glennon doesn’t get traded during the draft, there’s still a chance he gets dealt during the preseason or during the season if a team loses their starting quarterback. I know Licht is also content in having Glennon return as a backup in 2016 and getting a compensatory pick for him in 2018 if Glennon walks away in 2017. Look at the contract Brock Osweiler received from Houston. I think Glennon could command a similar draft pick. That would net the Bucs a third-round compensatory pick in 2018.
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I think when Tampa is on the clock.Things will be wild, I think trading down and get mult pick thru the draft But we shall see in 3 weeks.Go Bucs
Don’t see what you see in Glennon. If he was worth a 2nd rounder why didn’t we play him more in 2014 and not draft a QB or trade down in 2015?
I’ve said that all along Horse….I think our fans see Glennon as a stud when he really is just OK as judged by the rest of the league. If someone offers a 3rd round pick I think Buc’s would deal him now. Just don’t see it happening.
Horse, Glennon will be a good starter for a team that has a dominant D.
Part of the reason people think the Bucs could get a 2nd Rd pick for him is because of what Osweiller got w/ less than a full season as starter.
(Actually, which NFL QB couldn’t have played for Denver and won the SB that day?)
Because we had clueless coaches.
We all know Qb is the most important position in the NFL by a long long shot. Every Gm out there knows they could spend six 2nd and third round picks trying to find a very capable backup . Glennon is not only a capable backup he is a capable starter . Glennon is going to fetch a second all day long and I predict the Bucs will not trade him unless they feel he will be a big part in them getting an additional first day pick……….. When a starter in the NFL goes down and more times than not an incapable backup comes in ,it is a loss for the whole organization A to Z . Everything that an organization does from community to stadium to merchandise to tickets is tied to winning on the field. That’s how important a capable back up is and one that has really good stats as a starter behind terrible offensive lines is easily worth a second. If the Bucs can get him signed for say 3’years 23 million with about 14 million guaranteed he is instantly worth a first and could easily fetch a first with a new deal agreed upon with a new team. The top couple back ups in the NFL are easily worth 7 mil a year , I know that sounds crazy but think about it ,everything A to Z including organizational careers are at the hands of the backup Qb.When called off the bench a backup qb is the MOST important employee in an entire organization ( including the owner) ,up until he’s back on the bench and he’s probably not in the top 250 positions in the organization. Again Glennon is easily worth a second !!!
People need to stop talking like that comp 3rd rounder is a ‘real’ third round pick. It’s basically a high 4th rounder. All the comp picks are at the bottom of the round, so their value really should be measured as the round below. JMO.
I think Glennon is a good team player and has made the most of his opportunities while maintaining a positive attitude in every bad situation he’s been thrown into. He is being coached by the 3rd head coach and system in 4 years! He was Schiano’s guy. Schiano loved him as a high schooler and wanted to coach him in college. Glennon should have been given the chance to compete for the starting role when Lovie was hired, but Lovie wanted to bring in a bunch of high priced free agents including Josh McCown to put his stamp on the team. That move precipitated any chance of Glennon getting a real chance to compete as the starter, especially when Lovie named McCown the starter as soon as he signed him that March. PR has put up Glennon’s statistics and they are very comparable to Osweiler and NFL teams know you can trust Glennon to put the team first. I don’t know how he is still a Buc to be honest, but I am glad he is. If he stays another year, great. If the Bucs can get a 2nd rounder for him, that seems fair. I mean, what QB in the second round of this years draft gives an NFL team a better chance to win this year or even next year?
I didn’t know Osweller was traded for a 2nd or 3rd rounder? What 2nd or 3rd round spot was it?
I believe it was FA- but 4yr, $72mill is fairly substantial
I typically prefer to draft as early as possible and am reluctant to trade down to acquire more opportunities to select theoretically lesser talented players. Thus, a date with one cheerleader is better than two girls who play in the band.
That said, with there seemingly no consensus on the top ten players, I’m led to believe it’s because there are a lot of players with similar grades but few, if any, stars at the top. When Carson Wentz is at the top of the QB class and two other mediocre passers could be taken in the top ten, the talent level must be weak.
If that’s the case, it would seem more logical to me to trade down because the player we could take at # 9 may not be any better than the one’s available at # 15 to # 20. Thus, if the cheerleader squad is made up of average looking girls, maybe those two flute players start to look pretty good.
I say start at the flute players and work your way all the way through the reed section! lol. Ahhh, so many years ago, but such good advice! lol.
Actually, I always preferred flutist to cheerleaders:)
Well said scubog!
After last years draft where the Buc’s cleaned-up with a top QB, 2 solid OLmen. and a potential pro-bowl MLB, I think we can get one, maybe 2 worthwhile additions from this weak draft. At 9 I believe we can get a solid tackle, a good WR or CB and a good rotational DE. I think 2016 is all about improved solid coaching and better use of the talent we have on board.
While the cheerleader analogy is funny it doesn’t really hold true in the NFL draft. Trading down doesn’t mean you always trade worse.You can pick at 9 and totally whiff and get a bust. You can pick Quon Alexander in the 4th round too. If Trading down actually makes sense hinges on so many different factors no way to tell now or by us armchair qb’s if it’s good or bad.
Also Glennon is a good backup. One of the better ones. He will never be a good or great starter IMO. His footwork sucks and he has no mobility. Camparing him to Osweiler? Maybe stats are similar but to me Oswieler has more upside and can move better. Maybe no second round QB picks are better suited to win now for a team, but there are second round picks in other positions that can really help a team now. I just don’t see a team giving a second for him unless really desperate.
Well, you never see anyone trading down without compensation for some reason. Except the year the Vikings ran out of time. That’s why I said, “theoretically”. I think we are all aware that the #9 player isn’t guaranteed to be better than the #15th. But folks want the earlier pick to have more of their targets available to them. In this Draft I think there a lot of similarly talented players with but a few stars; so whether he is selected at #9 or another at #15 it’s not much different.
i like the idea of trading down and getting more picks. from the success of last years draft i think with more picks we have more shots at getting quality players to help the team especially in the first 3 rounds. I believe with our current staff where ever we select in the 1st round we will select a major contributor for 2016. So if we trade down with say the Rams #15 and pick up their second (#45) then trade down again with lets say the Jets #20 and get their second (#51) i would not be mad at all because i am confident we can get 3 key pick ups with #20, #39, #45 and #51 and if my prayers are answered and we can get Denver’s low second which is truly a 3rd add #63 and our 3rd #74
Well BIG SERIOUS: Here is my replyI say this Tampa Bay traDE DOWN WITH lA Rams for No#15(1050) 300 pts left then take LA 3rd rd(210) and LA future 4th rounder in 2017. ThenTampa trades Mike Glennon to Jets for their 2nd or 3rd RD.. Then Tampa would have the ammo to get more players Then TB has #15(LA) #39(TB0 51(nyj) #74(tb) #76(LA) and a few more picks A win win sistutation
im cool with that also i think with Licht turning in the cards the more pics the better
I’m surprised that Hargreaves is back in the conversation if certain players weren’t available on the board. Bucs are not high on him and then they are… I guess that’s to be expected. You don’t have to smoke screen when you have the first pick, but when you’re #9, let the games begin!
Awesome flute analogy!! LoL. I’m the trade down guy and couldn’t have put it better myself. In Licht we trust, more picks for the meat head!!
I’m glad you got the flute reference. Maybe some others would have understood if I had the ladies playing a piccolo.
Ps draft the LSU LB IN THE 4th PR, stick to your guns
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