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.

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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]

16 COMMENTS

  1. Pretty good Q & A. Wish it could have been longer.

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  2. Mark,

    I always enjoy these Q & A sessions, keep up the good work. It’s really difficult to wait for these next 10 days to go by. ;>)

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  3. In an ideal world (which we know does not exist), both Stanley and Conklin are there at 9 when the Bucs pick.

    The Giants want OT Stanley but can’t be sure if the Bucs trade down Stanley is the target, so they trade up to 9 and insure they get their man. Then the Bucs trade down at 10 with the Titans for Conklin.

    Ok, I’m going to put the bottle down now!! lol.

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    • Funny!

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    • I know you were kinda joking, but this actually isn’t farfetched. If we’re talking with the Titans while we’re at 9 and can leverage that, we could get the Giants to make a minor trade with us just to ensure they get their guy and keep the Titans at bay. Then once they take a tackle, Tennessee feels a ton of pressure to make sure they get the other one that’s left, so they then trade with us. We move back twice, likely pick up a 2nd round pick from TEN, and also get something like an extra 4th or 5th round pick from NYG.

      It’s really no an absurd possibility. Not likely, obviously, but it’s pretty easy to picture that playing out. Man, picture us then finding somebody in the early 20s who wants to move up to 15, and we pick up another 2nd and a late round pick for that swap. So in this beautiful hypothetical universe, we turn the 9th overall pick into, for example, the 23rd pick, two 2nd rounders, a 4th round pick, and a 6th pick. Jason Licht is immediately crowned with the GM crown for 2016, and we pick until our hearts are content.

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    • Swap pick with Tenn. for a 3 and 5. Trade Glennon and a pick to move back up.

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  4. I really think That Qb Mike Glennon may be back behind the scenes with Tampa moving up or back. But regardless of whaT HAPPENS.I think Clev and Tampa are going show a couple of Mickey Wrenches. Here is my senario what If Tampa has a smoke screen. What if Tampa throws this in Tampa Gives their #9 and Mike Glennon for pick No# 2. Tampa shocks every one and get the NO#1 Offensive Tackle in Tunsil switches Rd-2 Pick Gets Clev 2nd Rd pick and swaps a future #2 for that selection. Then Tampa would gey two picks in Rd-2 go bucs

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    • i think it will take more than Glennon to move from #9 up to #2…i could be wrong and if it was to happen i think it would be for Ramsey

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    • George; good luck with that strategy.

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      • Well Horse you have to see what has expired with a liitle over a week to go. I believe Tampa has a lot od draft sistutations that’s going to pan out. Thanks Horse for your comments. Its good to have fans like you and I.

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  5. Just as long as you stay away from those BC powders macabee.

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  6. Way too few questions PR.

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    • At least 10 questions gives us the same affect as the chats used to.

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  7. Trading down from a top ten spot is not something I typically would seek to do. But this year I’m not sure the available players at # 9 are elite enough for the position. Over the years teams have traded quality for quantity and ended up with a slew of mediocrity. There’s a few cases (Herchel Walker trade)where the team made the most of their multiple player bounty. There are also examples where the team blew the opportunity by making poor choices. So, if we do trade down, let’s hope Jason Licht and staff make the most of it.

    In 1978 we traded the rights to the first pick, which became Earl Campbell, for a relatively unknown TE named Jimmie Giles and five Draft choices. One turned out to be Doug Williams. The rest was a collection of “just a guy” types who did nothing to help the team. We were lucky that #88 was thrown in to sweeten the pot and # 12 was able to connect with him on a few deep balls to, along with a top defense, go to the 1979 NFC Championship game.

    In a few short years, the team was back picking first again.

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  8. I think we will stay put at 9. Get best player that fits our need. I do think Licht will me moving up in later rounds though.

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  9. If we stay at spot 9 I’m for picking BPA.

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