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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]

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    If somehow Myles Jack is on the board and the Bucs pass on him I would be sick. Jack is a generational talent, clear cut elite prospect. Passing on guys like Myles Jack because they are not a “position of need” is what keeps bad teams bad.

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      I concur with that @calibucsfan…if Jack is still there at 9 by some miracle, we either take him or trade down for a king’s ransom to some team that will be getting a superstar…passing on him to take a DT would be terrible…

      Speaking of which…as I scrolled through Bucs.com to review the list of our first round picks through time…some of which is very tough to read….my computer crashed as I got to Keith McCants…fitting I would say!

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        not to mention, if Bosa is sitting around at #8 and we don’t trade up one spot (a mid round pick or something) with Phily to get him, Licht should be fired…

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    You guys want Jack who is another LB who had zero sacks last yr who is a great cover guy? We need a 4-3 DE period! Not take a guy for a position we already have filled that’s like saying if Wentz is there take him

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    Rankins is a top need for us but more of an upgrade, taking a cover lb is not an upgrade over David or Daryl Smith

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      Not a top need I mean

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      So what your saying is draft need not best player available. Because drafting need has always works out so well for us in the past. Also, Wentz isn’t top 10 talent so the comparison doesn’t make sense. Any team that drafts any QB in this draft in the top 10 is drafting need over BPA.
      I agree with you east boy, draft BPA. IF that’s Jack, then draft Jack. Don’t reach because of need.

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        “Wentz isn’t a top ten talent?” who says you? Every expert has him in top ten if not top 5 every publication does too maybe you should read more and educate yourself



          Going by grades, NFl.com has him graded out as the 11th best player. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade

          ESPN has him graded as the 10th best player. http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft



          Going by grades, NFl.com has him graded as the 1th best player http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade

          ESPN has him graded as the 10th best player: http://espn.go.com/nfl/draft



          Going by grade, ESPN has him graded out as 10th best player and NFL.com has him graded out as the 11th best player. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/tracker?icampaign=draft-sub_nav_bar-drafteventpage-tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-grade



            He will go to either Cleveland, Dallas or SF

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    First @jongruden, I didn’t say I wanted Jack instead of a DE…pretty clearly said that if Bosa was still around at 8 Licht should trade up and get him. Second, Rankins isn’t getting any sacks from the Nose either – NTs don’t get sacks. Third, theres as much chance of Jack sliding to #9 as there is of Cleveland trading us their pick for Glennon. Fourth, saying that taking Jack is the same as taking Wentz…I honestly don’t know if you’re joking with that comment…

    Anyway, this scenario will never happen so whatever….

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      Rankins had 7 sacks last yr and you can get pressure from the nose but more importantly what a great nose tackle does is shut down the run which can be equally important as a pass rusher on the edge, I don’t think nose is a need for us but more of an upgrade which we aren’t good enough to start doing that when we have Conte, McDougald, and J Smith, A Verner as projected starters

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        I can play this game too @jon…of his 7 sacks do you know how many came while he was playing NT….that’s right….

        Now, more importantly, I never questioned the value of stopping the run…my retort about sacks was a direct reply to your comment that Jack is no good because he had no sacks last year….but you know what he did pretty well….that’s right….

        See, I can do this too. But again, as this scenario has a snowball’s chance of materializing, it’s all irrelevant.



          Intersting you do know we have David, Alexander and Smith so where do you put Jacks? He had zero sacks as a pass rusher so what does he do well again that will benefit us? ha I mean look at the players skill set and how we can use him but LB is our best position on the team so if you rush him from DE where he was unsuccesful last yr that makes no sense either



            @jon, I understand the point you’re making about need versus BPA….it’s always the choice that we discuss at this time of year. And I get that LB is the one area on defense that doesn’t look terrible for us. I am confident that Mike Smith would be able to design a defense that made fantastic use of David, Alexander and Jack (and even Smith)…a good coach designs around his talent. Maybe – and I’m not going to tell Smith how to do his job (yet) – he would take one of our so-called safeties off the field more often and play with Jack as a rover – I have heard other teams suggesting Jack would play a similar role for them, despite their needs at LB. All I’m saying is – and again this is totally improbable – if Jack is there at (, we should take him and Mike Smith will be like a kid in a candy store with the defense he could create.

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    Jack won’t be there…but if he was you have to take him….unless Bosa or Ramsey somehow fell too….but none of the 3 will fall so an argument about nothing. My guess is Hargreaves and/or Stanley will be there, and we should take one of those.

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    Am I the only person that is sick and tired of looking at and depending on our nonexistent pass rush( because of our defense KIRK COUSINS got a deal out of the Deadskins) ??? If we don’t seriously address our d-line, our offense will have to outscore everybody. I know this isn’t reality, but I would except 5 – 6 additions (thru the draft) to our beloved squad. I love this site cause all of you guys keep me on my NFL toes as a fan and a wanna-be future GM. Can anybody tell me who were the cornerbacks and safties for the N.Y. Giants during those 2 Super Bowls that they had Tom Brady running for his life ? Don’t know and don’t care !!! All I want for Christmas this year are some offensive-hating d-line men…thanks in advance Santa. Go ‘Bucs !!!

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    *5 – 6 defensive additions

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    GMC 93

    There’s no way if Jack is there that we pass on him. At that point the value and talent is too great to pass up. Our core would be sick.

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    Hey fellas, I’m done with the draft and especially mock drafts. Whatever the Bucs do, I will find out on draft night – and I can tell you in advance, I’m going to be down with it!

    But before I go into hiatus until draft time, I want to share a couple of observations. I don’t know who the Bucs will pick at nine. But if they desire to trade down, Paxton Lynch at his pro day assured the Bucs a trade partner. According to the NFL pundits attending the workout, he locked up the 3rd QB to be taken in the 1st round.

    There has been a lot of talk about whether Mike Glennon will be traded. I can’t say with an absolute certainty that he will, but it is telling that the Bucs have spent the time and money to send FO personnel to work out late round QBs Brandon Allen/Arkansas and Kevin Hogan/Stanford. You decide!

    I think the Bucs are in position to have another good draft. I hope you guys get your favorite player. So see you on draft night and Go Bucs!

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    There should be a disclaimer “For entertainment purposes only. Do not consider the opinion expressed here as fact” with every one of the countless mock drafts offered up by virtually every sports media outlet. It’s just people making semi-educated guesses……..for fun JonnyG!

    As usual, people making their predictions for us start leaning toward perceived positions of need and not the best player who may be there at the #9 slot. Of course we wouldn’t draft a QB or RB but no other position should be taboo. I suspect some would have us draft the fifth best defensive lineman if four were chosen ahead of us, and pass on the number one graded linebacker because we have two out of the eight on the roster who are any good. I’m sure Mike Smith could find a use for Miles Jack if he were the choice.

    What I see in this and all of the other draft predictions is that there seems little difference between Sheldon Rankins at # 9 and the players chosen between 10 and 20. I’m usually not in favor of trading down, but this year, I think Licht should give it some consideration. In my view, after Tunsil, Ramsey, Jack, maybe Bosa and Stanley the pickings start to weaken. I don’t see a Warren Sapp or Simeon Rice in this group. Maybe an Eric Curry or Brian Price.

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      Entertainment purposes can be used for this publication just like when PR gave Luke Stocker Player of the Week Award for having 22 yds on 3 catches

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    I don’t know that it’s fair to think that the Bucs are going to have the same kind of draft that they had last year. That is a very high bar to expect every year. I suppose that it would be a successful draft if we end up getting a couple of starters, maybe three if Glennon is traded for a 2nd rounder? If that’s the case; This team should have realistic expectations of getting to .500 or pushing for a wild card spot. In Meathead I trust. I just hope that losing Jon Robinson doesn’t diminish their player evaluations too much.

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    I stay away from making bold predictions about draft. Last year I said I thought Winston was the guy over Maritoa, but I also said it’s just a humble opinion and I have no crystal ball. Some guys get so pissed off here and are so damn sure about this one or that one it cracks me up. We aren’t scouts and we don’t have a crystal ball. It’s fun to speculate but that’s all his is here. Anyways, I just hope they do something in this draft to fix The pass rush which really has been the Bucs biggest issue on defense over a decade. Rankins and McCoy could really pose teams problems in the middle IF they both stay healthy. Something McCoy hasn’t been able to de year in year out. I just hope we can get some talent rushing off the edge. It’s this defenses biggest need to me. We can argue all day if it’s the secondary or the pass rush. It’s like what came first chicken or the egg crap, the two go hand in hand. I think this secondary isn’t that bad, especially after adding Grimes. Lovie and his horrible secondary coaching and lack of pass rush was the biggest issue not lack of talent IMO. Anyways we should draft best player available I just hope at some point that player is a D.E. One that can come in and make an impact right away.

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    I think this is pretty good Mock Draft, except I still expect Elliott to be drafted before pick #9. I could see M. Jack falling past our spot.

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    I think Tampa has hit a home run with Shelton Rankins. Then Tampa can see if Jets or someone else wants to trade for Qb Mike Glennon. But let gats Rankins on board first-Go Bucs

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    I loved last year’s draft, so I will have faith in the Bucs mgmt to chose wisely. That said, I remember our dominant, Super Bowl winning defense and loved how our dline destroyed other teams. Would love to get back to that.

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    In a previous comment elsewhere I also said I did not see the Bucs passing on Miles Jack for Rankins. What I did not say was that this would mean that the Bucs did see him as the exceptional talent and had decided he had no long term potential for chronic injury problems. This is purely unknown on my part so it is just me having fun speculating. – Since you have produced this mock, Scott, do you have any “insider” bit of info that leads you to think the selection of Rankins is more likely? –
    Go Bucs!!!

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