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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

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    AshevilleFC-Coach

    I am not sure about the exact players taken but this is how I am hoping the draft goes. Get the best speed receiver possible in the second and then go defense the rest of the draft. A fast young wide receiver that can grow with Winston and Evans for the next 5+ years. I would love Braxton Miller but I trust our front office to decide which receiver is the best for us. Our offense would be set!

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    ayron54

    That guy bronson from byu plays aggressive! JJ watt like. I hope you guys are right and we get him!
    Wasn’t impressed with the lsu linebacker. Plays alot like barret ruud (that tackle and get drug type)
    Since our sam linebacker isn’t on the field often and they usually cover te’s and rb’s, why don’t we just get a safety and play him there?
    Anyways! Thanks for the article pr! Go bucs!

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    jrwilson85

    Is Rankin capable of playing tackle next to McCoy? I was thinking trade down and get one of the Alabama DTs and push the pocket. Pick up an extra draft pick too. I was thinking DT rather than DE before we picked up Ayers. A strong physical presence next to McCoy would make the Bucs much tougher on defense. If Rankin can play next to McCoy I sat go for it.

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    Architek79

    I actually like this draft, if they take Rankins and Fuller early! I absolutely believe the Bucs need WR help and LB depth. I’m really high on Fuller and we MUST get a legit KR/PR that we can start week one (barring) injury. I keep banging the drum for Grant out of Texas Tech – the kid ran a sub 4.2 at his pro day.

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    skipper

    Deion Jones highlights are not very impressive, looked more like a Gators highlight reel.

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    wnb0395

    I really don’t like the Rankins pick at 9. I think we are reaching a lot. We could trade back 7-10 picks and still get him. We need to draft best player available and he isn’t at 9. I don’t like to reach. It doesn’t normal work out.

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    BucWild02

    Love the Rankins pick at 9 and totally agree on passing on VH3, Spence, or Lawson there. I would even be a big fan of trading down and taking CB Williams III or CB Apple if another team wants to move up and get RB Elliot.

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    jme0151

    Nice article but this will constantly change over next month and a half. Won’t
    put much into this till a couple weeks from draft.

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    pinkstob

    I’m still fine with Rankins (not thrilled, but fine) but I say pass Fuller. We already have enough receivers on the team that have trouble catching he football. I’d lean more towards a safety like Thompson from Boise State who may still be available at the top of the 2nd round.

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    wc3310

    1st. Sheldon Rankins 2. Sean davis 3. deion jones 4. Shawn oakman 5. Marquez north 6a.Daniel pasco 6b. Terrance smith

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    Ronald

    I like this mock draft. I really think this group would be just fine.

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    Crook

    Like Rankins, but Leonard Floyd is going to be special. He needs to be the pick at #9

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    owlykat

    You knocked it out of the park this Mock, Scott. I would be thrilled if it came out as you predict.

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    surferdudes

    Rankins, very Sapp like. Love the skip after making a play, be great seeing him do that often in Pewter. Of all the highlights, Deon Jones didn’t flash to me. Actually looked lost at times, and got manhandled. Otherwise nice picks.

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    SCLOBERNOCKER

    Very intrigued by Kaufusi

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    macabee

    I’m not one to come to your house and start rearranging your furniture. Likewise I’m not here to pick apart PR’s mock. It’s a good mock – as good as any at this time. But this is an opinion site and I have never been shy to offer mine.

    If I’m taking Sheldon Rankins or any DT at 9, I’m not taking him to complement McCoy at his side. I’m taking him to replace McCoy. Because that’s what he is – a 3 tech and we are paying McCoy 95mil to be that guy. Now if PR thinks McCoy is not that guy or won’t be in 2017, then the Rankins pick at 9 now makes a lot of sense to me. A healthy Clint McDonald is a complement – as is 2 or 3 other guys in the 2nd and 3rd round if you don’t think McDonald is that guy. IMO, with Spence, the interior of the D-Line is the Bucs strongest position.

    My final thought is on Bronson Kaufusi. I like Kafusi’s highlight tape – haven’t seen too many that I didn’t like. Like Pinkstob says “what does game tape show”? Now I could be wrong but his measurements and combine numbers looks a lot like William Gholston’s – just slightly better. From what I understand, the Bucs like Gholston (not Jon Gruden, lol). I would take kaufusi, but why do we need both? Again, this is two more players who can also play inside.

    Never put words in another man’s mouth, but this mock feels like the Bucs should consider upgrading a couple of key players sooner rather than later.

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    knight

    I pray for a trade partner to trade down!! Rankins or Apple, yikes. Neither a 9 pick in good 1st round years. We can pick very similar players later. Love PR but hope their forecast is off this year. Mas picks 4 BUCS

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    Horse

    I’m somewhat surprised that we have lowered our priority at DE. I get the DT at the 9 spot, but I would go for a DE at the 39 spot and look for best CB or Safety in round 3.

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    georgehicks

    I think with all the moves that tampa has made those draft picks will be great additionals in 2016.

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      Horse

      George; I think you are spot on.

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    Entre

    Don’t like this mock. Seemed like every pick was about a guy that could contribute on special teams. I don’t want special teams contributors. I want starters.

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    Cpt.Curt

    I feel we could trade down #9 and grab Rankins, Dodd, or Apple and possibly pick up an extra pick. I’d like to see something like:

    #1(Trade down) Kevin Dodd DE Clemson or Eli Apple CB Ohio State

    #2 Xavien Howard CB Baylor or Robert Nkemdiche DT/DE Ole Miss

    #3 Sean Davis FS/CB Maryland or Maliek Colins DT Nebraska

    #4 Kenny Lawler WR CAL or Bronson Kaufusi DE BYU or Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa

    #5 Robert Aguayo K FSU (I know what your thinking but this guy could be the best kicker this decade) or Eric Murray CB Minn or Alex Lewis OT Nebraska

    #6(x2)Kyle Murphy OT Stanford or Victor Ochi Stony Brook DE or Tyvis Powell FS Ohio State or Glenn Gronkowski FB Kansas State or Derrick Kindred SS TCU

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