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.