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Mark Cook

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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    Jack Conklin-Michigan State at RT would be a great pick, especially if the Bucs can trade back and still get him. He’s 6’6/325 lbs and projects as a RT in the NFL. He has nasty side when run blocking and he has shut down many of the top pass rushing DE’s in the draft. The only player he had a tough time with was Baylor’s Oakman in a bowl game. He totally shut down Ohio State’s Bosa and Oregon’s Buckner. I would take him over the Notre Dame’s Stanley all day. Come back in the second round and nab Oakman and that’s a great start to the draft!

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      FYI-Conklin is lined up as a LT for Michigan State(#74) but projects as a RT at the next level.

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      BucWild02, I agree and would take Conklin over Stanley also. I’d also take Taylor Decker from Ohio State over Stanley.

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    Every defensive snap of DeForest Buckner vs Michigan State (2015)


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    Every defensive snap of Joey Bosa vs. Michigan State (2015)


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    Every defensive snap of Noah Spence vs. Kentucky (2015)


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    Every defensive snap of Baylor’s Oakman vs Michigan State (2014)


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    Conclusion : Conklin looked great against the guys he faced. I thought he was better against tougher competition than Noah Spence also.

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    Thank you for the scouting report Mr. Conklin.

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      lol. funny stuff scubog. it was late. looking to see which DE i liked best and found that i liked the guy blocking them more!

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    BTW PR, I like these Bucs Monday Mailbag articles. You’ve done a good job of selecting questions that haven’t been covered in other articles on the site and answering them thoroughly.

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      Mark Cook

      Thanks Pink! glad you guys like them. I enjoy doing them.

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    I agree, great stuff Mark!

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    As long as we pick up a Starting Player I’ll be happy. I sure miss the Chat Room because you could ask questions based on real time events.

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      Horse, what happened to the Chat Room??

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        I haven’t seen it the last two Friday’s.

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    I’ve seen many Draft seniaro’s. That Tampa could trade down example with LA Rams at #15. If Tampa did.LA would have to give #15 and a no#2 in this year draft and maybe 2017 mid-round. But the Draft is loaded with so many defensive players available. I see Tampa could fill a massive defensive linemen at no#15 plus two db’s in rd-2 a Dt in Rd-3 and so forth.What does everyone else think.Or stay put at #9.Go Bucs

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      George, LA would ever give up that much to move up 6 spots. If it was a reversed situation our GM would be run out of town. Maybe that would happen if we moved down to 22 or lower.

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    Others have said it, but I strongly feel it bears repeating. Nice article Mark! Early in I’m enjoying these a touch more than the live chats as they allow for a more nuanced response from you. Also, the questions you responded to were thoughtful. Enjoyed the read. P.S. No need to reply with “Thanks” to this comment as you did the others. I’m not gonna check back, and know your personality enough to know you’d have said it. 😉

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    Erp. I feel I should contribute some football commenting as well.

    Mark alluded to it in #1 – but this could be a off season could be very interesting as we find ourselves with a relatively broad defensive draft, fewer glaring needs than previous years on offense, and a mixture of FA and (hopefully) poorly utilized / coached roster players to work with going forward.

    Here’s hoping we knock it out of the park developing what we can on the D this off season.

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    I know we have many needs in this draft but I have to wonder if trading up to get that elite DE or CB would be a possibility or good move? An elite pass rusher could instantly transform this defense…..

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