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.
Last week’s PewterReport.com T-shirt winner was Pickett971
Question 1. Ren_Daxt asks, If the Titans and Bucs swap 1st round picks, the Bucs should get a 3rd and 5th rounder. Do you think Rankins will be there @ 15?
Answer: While it is impossible to say, most mocks have him in that 12-20 range so there is a good shot he will still be there. Of course you never know if a team before No. 15 will, or have, fallen in love with him, so there are no guarantees. A lot will depend on the Bucs and how they feel about him however. If they are 100 percent sold on him being their guy, then I don’t know that they could risk making a deal. Because with the ninth pick you are almost guaranteed hem will be there. Moving down six spots will be cause for a lot of anxiety hoping he doesn’t get selected before 15 if the Bucs front office feel like Rankins is the player they want. As far as compensation to move back in a deal with Tennessee, adding a third and a fifth sounds about right. If Rankins is their guy all along, and he is available at No. 15, it would be a great job by Jason Licht to score their targeted players and also picking up two additional picks.
Question 2. Pickett971 asks, who would be a better fit for the Bucs Conklin or Spriggs to shore up the OLine?
Answer: I really see these two guys as almost the same. Spriggs may have a tad more upside, but overall, both players have a chance to be really good for a long time. I personally would give the edge to Conklin, as I really like his nasty streak and think he fits in well with guys like Ali Marpet, Joe Hawley and J. R. Sweezy. Spriggs had a great week at the Senior Bowl and followed it up with an solid Combine performance as well, but might need to get a little stronger, as scouts say be can be pushed off his base at times. Of course some of that can be corrected just by better hand placement. Conklin is much better using his hands to punch, but doesn’t have quite the quick feet you would ideally like to see. But as mentioned, he is a scrappy player who isn’t afraid to go a second past the whistle. Something I put a lot of stock in personally.
Question 3. JPGarv asks, Do you think as I do signing Glennon to an extension is a good idea? Shores up most important position & his value?
Answer: Garv in an ideal world the Bucs would love to keep Glennon for years to come, backing up Jameis Winston. The problem is, Glennon wants to start somewhere, or at the very least, compete for a starting job. And with Winston firmly established as the quarterback of the future, it won’t happen here in Tampa Bay, barring some sort of meltdown from Winston. I think the Bucs wouldn’t have a problem at all offering Glennon a $2-3 million a year deal, however, most likely Glennon would command more than that on the open market. Make no mistake, Glennon and his agent were smiling ear to ear when Brock Osweiler signed his $72 million deal with the Texans after just a handful of starts. I can’t tell you which of the two will have a better NFL career, but if Osweiler is worth $72 million, Glennon might command at least half of that. And that would be too steep a price to pay most likely for the Bucs to keep a guy on the roster that they hope never sees the field.
Question 4. MikeGangi asks, What was the strategy behind the Daryl Smith acquisition?
Answer: I think it was first filling a need at a position, but also bringing in a productive player who can be a stop gap, while also doing things the right way, and being a leader in the linebacker room. The one thing we have heard consistently from our sources is, Smith is good football player but will also be an even better example to the other guys than Bruce Carter was. Plus the fact he came into the league playing for Mike Smith in Jacksonville is another reason he is in Tampa. He understands the defense Smith will run and should be able to step right in without any major issues.
Question 5. ChrisBell323 asks, Do you expect Bucs to be possible trade partners with Tennessee with rumors of them trying to get into top 10?
Answer: It is nearly impossible to say for sure, but there is an obvious connection with Licht and Jon Robinson who are still very close friends. So if there is an opportunity for both guys to help each other out, I see no reason why they wouldn’t. But I wouldn’t expect anything to happen until draft night with the Bucs on the clock. If the Titans do in fact want to move back in the Top 10 then they have a specific player in mind, but if that player is off the board by the time the Bucs pick then obviously it won’t happen. And as we know, it is virtually impossible to begin to mock the Top 10 picks in the draft. And there are also other teams who might be interested in moving up higher, which would most likely throw a wrench in the Titans plans as well.
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, the beach and family time.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@example.com
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