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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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    I like the top 3 picks. Braxton is something serious when that ball is in his hand. If he continues to work on his craft as a WR, I think he could be a steal. Imagine Miller as our Kick and/or Punt Returner….And Vonn Bell, I personally have only heard minor chirps of him and what round he’ll go in, but that can work well for us.

    An ideal draft in the case we make the trades projected in the article


    First round – No. 15 -Rankins
    Second round – No. 39 =V.Bell/W.Jackson
    Second round – No. 45 (from Rams) -Ogbah/Spence/Correa
    Third round – No. 74 -Miller
    Fifth round – No. 148
    Sixth round – No. 197

    I’d feel like Christmas came early.

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      Well scox17-I look at the location are and how many points are.Lets say those topplayers are not available at #9 and rams trade up to bucs #9 slots Tampa gets La Rams #15 and gets Rams Rd#3 pick at 210 pts. and La would have to get like their #4( 74 pts) then Tampa gets LA future 6rd. Then Tampa trades Qb Mike Glennon for Jets 2nd Rd pick. Then here is what tampa would have#15,#39,51(nyj)#74,#76(LA0#108,#110(la,Rd-148,#183 &#197).Thats’s means We get a top ranked CB/DL with #15, We get our safety and the WR plus 7 other picks.Can we get good in a hurray-Go Bucs

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        I like it! Now from now until draft day I’m going to sit, waiting with my fingers crossed that something like this happens.

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    Scox I agree with your scenario.

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    Rankins has comparisons and similar numbers to atkins but didn’t atkins get drafted in the 4th round? That’s a loooong ways from number 9! Also, i liked the Bronson kid out of byu, any reason why you changed it up? Don’t get me wrong, i love the idea of us getting another DT, just in comparison to Atkins it would just seem like not just a reach, but an inspector gadget go go gadget arm reach at number 9! I have faith in our drafting abilities, which feels good to finally say that! Go bucs! So excited for next year!

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    Somewhere in here we need to pick up a OL tackle or even a center. I agree with scox…..first 3 work for me.

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    I’m fine with all these picks except the 3rd round pick. I’m not a fan of any of the WR’s in this draft class, but spending a high 3rd round pick on a guy that is still learning the position given our many needs is a bad idea.

    1. 5.2


      Pink-with all due respect you and horse are nuts on Miller. He can do so many things. Think of this, he can run the wildcat, he is a great running back, he adds elite speed, he can play the slot, he can throw the ball, he has GREAT moves, can make people miss and is an ELITE weapon. He is easily worth a high 2nd round pick. I’ll be surprised if he lasts past the middle of round 2. IF we can pick him up in third or even second we are not to do so. no disrespect intended but you guys are jus wrong on this one.

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    Mock Draft Strategy (my last mock, painful, fruitless effort with no redeeming value. Lol)

    The Rams are QB needy and have 2 2nd round picks. They are not going to take the chance of losing Paxton Lynch, the last QB left on the board, with Denver in the wings. Attempt to trade down and pick up another 2nd round pick. If the Bucs trade with the Rams, they would pick 15. QB Mike Glennon will be traded for a 3rd round pick. I admit that this is all pure conjecture. This draft is most difficult to mock because we have so many needs mitigated by the players signed in free agency. But I gave it my best shot driven primarily by players visiting or worked out by the Bucs. I have no sources! For what it’s worth my dog Phred says he likes it! Lol.

    RD1 DT Robert Nkemdiche/Ole Miss 6-3, 295, 4.86
    RD2 DE Noah Spence/Eastern Kentucky 6-2, 251, 4.79
    RD2 FS Karl Joseph/WVU 5-10, 205, 4.57
    RD3 CB Xavien Howard/Baylor 6-0, 201, 4.58
    RD3 OLB/SS Su’a Cravens/USC 6-1, 225, 4.56
    RD4 OT Joe Haeg/North Dakota State 6-6, 304, 5.15
    RD5 WR Cody Core/Ole Miss 6-3, 205, 4.37
    RD6 CB Ryan Smith/North Carolina Central 5-11, 189, 4.47
    RD6 FB Will Ratelle/North Dakota 5-10, 251, 4.57

    Don’t write Noah Spence off just yet! And given all the talk of his off field problems and his less than anticipated combine and pro day 40 times, the Bucs are still interested enough to have him come to OBP this week for an extensive private visit. Like Winston, they have spent a considerable amount of time doing due diligence! Spence’s skill set as a pass rusher is clear, as he’s one of the best edge players in a weak class at that spot. The question is whether teams will trust him enough to pick him in the first round, or if he’ll have to wait until Day 2 (Rounds 2-3) before hearing his name called.

    We missed out on the Honey Badger, Tyrann Mathieu, but we have a shot at another small package of dynamite in Karl “Hitman” Joseph. This little guy is all guts all the time. Excellent cover skills and can bang with the best of them. Football is entertainment and I would love to see Joseph’s tenacity in pewter and red!


    Carson Wentz is not the only Bison on NFL scouts’ radar this year. Joe Haeg, OT, North Dakota State’s lean, athletic frame (6-6, 304) helped him become a four-year starter for NDSU, the first two years on the right side and his final two as an All-American left tackle. Teams will want him to get a little stronger as a rookie, but the agility he showed blocking on the move on film was confirmed in Indianapolis as he put up a great showing in the jumps and short shuttles. Backing up Donovan Smith will allow Pamphile to swing inside to back up OG J.R. Sweezy. For the record – I’m not at all comfortable with the Sweezy signing!

    Every year, at least one or two corners from a non-FBS team make it into the top four or five rounds of the draft like Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina in the 5th round. This year that player could be Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central. Smith’s athleticism, closing speed and ball skills (seven interceptions, 24 pass breakups as a four-year starter) caught the eye of scouts. The ability Smith displayed as a kickoff returner in his senior year only increases his value to the Bucs.

    1. 6.1


      I like this one better than most. I don’t think Xavien Howard will make it to the 3rd round though.

      How’s mine sound?

      RD1 Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
      RD2 Xavien Howard CB Baylor
      RD3 Sean Davis FS/CB Maryland
      RD4 Keyarris Garrett WR Tulsa
      RD5 Robert Aguayo K FSU (If available Alex Lewis OT Nebraska if not)
      RD6 Victor Ochi DE Stony Brook
      RD6 Tyvis Powell FS Ohio State or Ryan Smith CB NCC

      1. 6.1.1


        RD 1 is assuming Bosa, Ramsey, and Buckner are all off the board. I think Hargreaves is too short in our division, Spence and Lawson are 3rd Round talent at best

      2. 6.1.2


        I like yours too! Of course I haven’t seen many I didn’t like we have so many needs. You’re right about CB Howard. He is a 2nd round pick, but it was him or Karl Joseph who I really like. Really just having fun, no real expectations! If we use a dart board we are going to get some good players IMO!lol.

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    Still like Hargreaves with in the first. I love the Vonn Bell & Brax picks… I wonder if Aguayo would be considered if he was there in the middle of the third? If the Bucs didn’t get Bell in the 2nd, I wonder if Deon Bush would be a consideration. I thought he was pretty effective in a terrible UM defensive scheme. Maybe a Scooby Wright in the later rounds?

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    So its a deep draft for DT’s and we feel the need to grab one at #9? I wish I could make a wager with PR about the Bucs Draft, so when the Bucs don’t draft Rankins which they won’t don’t go bumping your chests cause you mentioned one of the other 20 other possibilities they could draft at #9. I don’t know who they will draft but I can tell you its either one of these 3 positions that follow 1. corner 2. DE 3. safety. Hate on Hargreaves all you want and all this short stature player you talk about didn’t we just sign Grimes? have the likes of Donnie Abraham and Ronde Barber on this team and how tall are corners Matheiu, Jason Verrete, Joe Hayden, Asante Samuel, Darrel Green, I can go on and on with corners under 6’0

    1. 8.1


      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx6_oAAqGYI this is why Hargreaves at #9 wouldn’t be wise. Why does nobody talk about how deep the draft is with DBs? We should probably focus on pass rush early because it’s not as deep and grab starting CBs and Safeties later. With enough time Jones/Benjamin/Funchess will burn any CB we throw at them

  9. 9


    It would be fun to see PR hold a draft contest for their fans? Whoever picks the most players that end up on the team as Bucs picks… Tiebreaker could be predicting the most correct picks in the top 10? Winner gets free PR & Bucs swag…

    1. 9.1


      What’s funny to me is how all of the “experts” echo each others’ top ten predictions, yet at the end of the first few hours of the Draft they will have gotten no more than half (5) to the correct team….. and it gets worse after that. Most I ever guessed to the correct team in the first round was nine. Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock and the other media GM’s will probably forecast no more than ten.

      I used to waste my time trying to decide who the Bucs should draft in each round even back when there were 12 rounds. What I learned was that I was better off just waiting until it was over. Getting into a woulda, coulda, shoulda debate with myself was pointless. After we chose Hugh Green over Ronnie Lott, as I screamed at the TV, I realized my opinion wouldn’t affect the choice. Fun, but I now just let the others make the Mock Drafts adnauseam.

      1. 9.1.1


        I’ve never got more than 2 right and they weren’t in the right round. lol. If the Bucs were to release a mock the day before the draft they would get some wrong because they have no control over who picks in front of them. So I hope everybody that does it is just having fun!

      2. 9.1.2


        Damn… 9? Impressive… My wheels usually fall off pretty quick at the top of the draft. I had my Hugh Green- Lott moment with Barron-Kuechly. I literally whipped off my Bucs t-shirt and threw it against the wall. Yeah, probably good advice to just let it happen…

  10. 10


    SR Get write up on Bell….but your facts are wrong. Clemson beat Ohio State in that game Tajh Boyd threw for 378 yards and Sammy Watkins had 16 catches for 227 yards. So it may not be an example of one of his best games.

  11. 11


    I’m thinking more and more that Rankins might be the pic, but I’m still for trading down. I like the first two picks in this mock, definitely not a fan of the 3rd round pick of Braxton Miller. Projects shouldn’t be taken in the third. You get starters and good depth in the 3rd.
    I do see Licht making a couple of moves this draft. I like that a lot about him. It’s keeps us guessing.

    1. 11.1


      Don’t let PR brain wash you, next you will be saying Stocker is a good TE, ha
      With Spence and Melton you really think Shelton is a need much less Shelton a #9 player in draft? I mean is there really a difference between he and Sheldon Day of Notre Dame?

      1. 11.1.1


        Well you can look at it that way. Or you can also look at it from a prospective of, if and WHEN Mccoy gets hurt, Melton and Spence are your starting tackles. DO you really like that? I don’t.
        I’m for trading back personally , but I can see the justification for Rankins.



          DT Henry Melton was not re-signed. Still a free agent.



            Good point Mac which only strengthens the need for one.

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    Hargreaves should be the pick.

  13. 13


    I’d rather pick up 1 starter than 4 fillers…and the stats are very clear on how you improve your chance of getting a starter…the probability goes down with every pick made in the draft. Trade up and get a starting Safety or starting DE, or stay put and take VHIII…trading down so that we can an extra 2 or 3 round pick is not what we need…we need a difference maker…go get Bosa or Ramsey and we’re instantly better – Licht can still play the lottery in the later rounds and maybe he’ll win again (e.g, Alexander), but I wouldn’t count on finding more 4th round starters as plan A.

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    I think that @no.9 we will see but comes Tampa way.What Happen Fans if that OT is available at no#9.I say take it, and then see what happens in Rd-2.I see Mike Glennon be gone by 2 or 3rd rd.Lets see what happen. I will be watching those three days.

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    Like PR did I would like either a 2nd or 3rd round pick on a wide receiver. Other than that all defense

  16. 16


    1. Winston may have a high Football IQ but he does not have a GM IQ. It does not matter how much salary he wants to give up that does not help the Bucs move up the draft board.
    2. We cannot move up to get Ramsey. He will go in the top 3. You have to look at pick value. The #1 pick is worth 3000 points, #2 2600, #3 2200. If you gave up ALL the BUCs picks they total 2221.
    3. The best thing for the Bucs to do is trade down if they want a defensive player. After Ramsey, Jack, Bosa (they will be gone), there is very little difference in a pretty large group of defensive players (especially linemen).
    4. Based on the 2015 draft, either Licht is a good drafter or the Bucs staff did a great job of coaching or both to get 4 starters. So I have to trust they can do it again in 2016.
    5. Lastly, if the Bucs picked Stanley with the #9, I would understand completely. Because keeping Winston healthy should be priority 1. Also if Dirk wants to stretch the field he better upgrade the OL and get faster WRs.

    1. 16.1


      Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly happy to stay put and take VHIII because I think he is a difference maker too – but after him I think the slope drops off quickly (the stats start going down very fast on average too). I think trading down is the mistake, and I would rather we traded up and stayed in that higher probability of success range – and yes it would cost a lot to get in the top 3 but we probably are looking more like top 5…still would cost of course but we have more than just this year’s draft to trade with (e.g., next year’s draft, Mike Glennon)…and teams trade up all the time….why not us…but again I’m more than happy with VHIII at 9.

      1. 16.1.1


        And for what it’s worth, here’s how I see it unfolding:

        1) Tenn takes Tunsil
        2) Clev or a trade and the pick is Wentz
        3) Chargers trade out and the pick is Jack (a team trading up is looking for a play maker in the front 7 and having watched this kid he has a huge ceiling)

        Then I think we’re looking at Ramsey, Bosa and Buckner in some order with another trade by a team trying to get in front of Phily (or by Phily moving up to block said other team) and picking Goff..so I see those 4 players going in really any order, and hence I’m not convinced Ramsey (as a safety) is a top 3 pick, despite his obvious talent….

        I think one of Ramsey or Bosa could be available at say 7 and hence the Bucs may only need to move up two spots….maybe 🙂

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    At 9, if we stay, It has to be VH3 or Stanley. That is it. And if both of them are gone, that probably means a Ramsey or a Bosa improbably fell.

    1. 17.1


      I would take Bosa or Ramsey over Hargraves anytime. I just saw too many Florida games and the guy would get beat short, middle, long. He’s a 3rd or 4th rounder; just my opinion. He’s not Revis or Barber. Why take someone so short at spot 9?

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    Braxton Miller really, oft injured experiment in the 3rd. Don’t think Licht is going to dice roll with a high pick. Your original 3rd of LSU LB was spot on, stick to your guns PR

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    CB James Bradberry is alright; like Anthony Brown better.

    1. 19.1


      Why does Vonn Bell not excite me that much? He seems kind of average to me; his stats seem to bare that out. Killebrow brings more to the table than Bell. Vonn Bell is my least favorite safety in the draft! . . . the most interesting thing I’ve heard about Vonn Bell is he doesn’t get out of position; maybe that’s why he doesn’t get that much stats; no, that doesn’t make any sense!

      1. 19.1.1


        Well, I guess Vonn’s stats are comparable; except that Sean Davis has the best stats of the top guys; i’m finding it hard to find career stats on these players; so, i’m stopping. I also like Davis’s highlights better than Vonn Bell’s.



          Davis is the pick for sure. Not to mention he’s a late 2nd early 3rd pick

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    1. Elliott RB
    2. Fuller WR
    3. Cravins SS
    4. Judon DE

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    1. LB Myles Jack or DE Joey Bosa
    2. DL Robert Nkemdiche
    3. CB Artie Burns
    4. S Vonn Bell
    4. K Robert Aguayo

    I think Bosa or Jack could slept 9. I also think Ole Miss DT Nkemdiche will slip to the second round. How can they pass him there? Maybe they take Shawn Oakman instead. Lastly, I think the Bucs find a way to get back in the 4th round to take the FSU kicker.

    1. 21.1


      *slip to and not slept – spellcheck!!

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    Looks like another great mock from PR. I hate this time of year, sitting and impatiently waiting for the draft! Can we speed this up? lol. Licht and company have 2 good drafts under their belts and I’m looking forward to the third.

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    This would be my 3 Round Mock Draft for the Bucs. Round 1 – Noah Spence, Round 2 – Vonn Bell, Round 3 – Braxton Miller. And more DE help later in the draft, like Ochi. This is only my opinion and I think these would be the best possible choices. A player like Spence does not come along very often. Sure there is a chance that he could be a Jadaveon Clowney who was supposed to be one of the greatest players available, which has not come to fruition because of injuries but he could also be a JJ Watt. It is purely a crapshoot. But I have seen the Bucs Pass on other great Defensive players. An example would be the 2011 draft when they passed on Muhammad Wilkerson, Cameron Jordan and Cam Heyward to take Adrian Clayborn or 2012 when they passed on Luke Kuechly, Dontari Poe, Bruce Irvin, Quinton Coples and Fletcher Cox to take Mark Barron. They always seem to have a knack of making the wrong decisions. Hopefully with Licht as GM, a new Head Coach and a really good DC in Smith they will make the right decision and take Noah Spence. There is enough good influence and guidance on this team to keep him straight in regard to off field issues, His talent is just too good to pass up. Do not let this one be another Kuechly, PLEASE. One reason I find Licht refreshing is that he is not afraid to take a chance or make trades and changes in the draft.

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