Bucs fans wanting the team to lose in 2014 for the first overall draft pick in 2015 - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The new year has started off with a bang as the speculation of what the Bucs will do with the overall No. 1 draft pick in the NFL Draft has created a major buzz on PewterReport.com and other media outlets. Besides the draft talk, there was other Bucs news covered, and in this weekly feature, we will recap and provide links to all of our stories from the previous week.
Licht Understands The Importance Of Bucs’ 2015 No. 1 Pick
The significance and importance of the No. 1 draft pick in this year’s NFL isn’t lost on Bucs general manager Jason Licht.“This is the most important pick, potentially, in the history or the franchise,” Licht told Si.com’s Peter King last weekend in Indianapolis. To read more, click here.
Silver Said Teams Came Away Even More Impressed With Jameis Winston Following The Combine
The buzz around Jameis Winston’s performance at the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend continues to reverberate. Winston, who came to Indianapolis needing to impress NFL front office personnel, not only seemed to accomplish that, but also saw his reputation rise among a number of Bucs fans who were opposed to Winston or at the very least, on the fence on whether the Bucs should draft him. To read more, click here.
Bucs Need To Make Sure Winston Won’t Also Pursue Baseball Career As Well
Is Florida State’s Jameis Winston, who was a two-star sport in high school and in college, done playing baseball? That’s what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to find out heading into the 2015 NFL Draft. Read what Scott Reynolds wrote on the subject.
PewterReport.com’s 2015 Mock Draft 3.0
The 2015 NFL Scouting Combine has concluded and all that is left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to selecting players in the 2015 NFL Draft is pro day workouts, personal interviews and more film review and discussion. The Bucs enter this year’s draft coming off a dismal 2-14 season and have plenty of holes on the roster that need to be filled with veterans through free agency and with some rookies straight out of college. To see the full mock, click here.
Bucs’ Verner Endorses Winston For QB; Not Opposed To Mariota Or Trading Down
It seems everybody and their brother has been asked or has shared an opinion on who they prefer the Bucs to draft with the overall No. 1 pick in this year’s NFL Draft, so why not start asking the Bucs players? NFL AM on the NFL Network did just that on Thursday with Tampa Bay starting CB Alterraun Verner who was a guest on the morning news show. To read the story and see the video, click here.
PewterReport.com Chat With Mark Cook 2-27
Mark Cook hosted the weekly chat on Friday and answered a number of questions from the readers. To read the full transcript, click here.
SR’s Fab 5: Winston’s Personality Is a Fit For Tampa Bay; Free Agency Forecast
SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, Pewter Report publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place. To read Reynolds’ latest weekly column, click here.
Pewter Prospect: Oregon OT Jake Fisher
PewterReport.com’s Eric Dellaratta takes a look at a potential Bucs’ draft pick in this occasional pre-draft feature. To read who might make sense, click here.
In addition to the feature stories, PewterReport.com offered up a number of blogs this week including Jon Gruden talking the college QBs, Vincent Jackson not being asked to take pay cut despite reports to the contrary, the Bucs hiring of a new assistant coach and much more in the PewterReport blog section.
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Winston could be a great QB at the next level, but behind the current offensive line, it would be really tough. Why don’t the Bucs trade down? Here are two trade scenarios: Scenario 1. Trade down one spot and take Mariota. No way Tennessee passes on Winston. You get an extra 2nd based on the trade value chart. Stick with Mariotta and get him an offensive line in round 2(two picks) and round 3(one pick). Scenario 2: Would the Eagles trade Foles and McCoy, two 1’s and two 2’s for the top overall pick and Mariota? I bet it is a good possibility. Tampa would have to take Mariota and then make the deal. Tampa could land a top tackle at #20, a top guard at #34, a top MLB at #53, and a OL/DL depth in the 3rd and 4th round. I DO like Winston. I just don’t know if the risk is worth the huge reward trading out would give the Bucs.
Too much pressure on Tampa not to take a QB. As for your trade senerios. I’m not sure the Bucs would even want Foles. I know I wouldn’t, and would have to take on an extremely bloated contract of Lesean Mccoy on top of the other 4 running back we have. Us getting rid of Mccown pretty much guarantees we take a QB at one. Which by the way the contract he got from the Browns, dear god it’s no wonder that organization is in shambles.
Cgmaster-Lol McCown has improved his con skills over his illustrious career. Its ok though. Guarantee you the Brown’s are picking first next yr if their qbs are the m&m brothers
No. Absolutely not. No trading. We can get quality ol just fine where we sit with our picks and to be honest, there are some good young ol in fa that are far and away better than Collins so trading down just can’t happen. For our franchise and fan base…we need a franchise qb and it’s starting to look like Winston is the guy. I love mariota but if Winston is legit off the field from here on out, he is the one we need to draft without question. I’ve been very pro mariota, but after thE combine, Winston and how he dominated it in its totality, I have to say I came away extremely impressed. All it Is for me at this point is his off field issues which is completely on the bucs organization now. They need to spend every day determining if Winston is just an immature kid that will grow out of it or does he have major character flaws that won’t change regardless of How old he gets…we will see.
Buclover1988-When you say Winston dominated the combine, do you mean that he went 16 for 16 on his passes? His 40 time was not very good. I like Winston, but Mariota may give the Bucs a better chance to win behind a bad offensive line. He was a lot faster, more athletic, and completed 15 of 16 passes. Also a dominant performance. Does he have the way with words that Winston has? Maybe not. But is that really important? If the Bucs draft new players for the line and/or bring in free agents, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Tony Dungy, Bill Polian, Adam Schein, Pat Kirwin, and Jon Gruden all see Marcus Mariota as a better prospect. I respect those guys opinions (especially Dungy and Polian) more than any others.
No. We gotta stop being scared. That’s y we suck. Were scared of taking chances.
I love the idea of trade scenario #2. Foles would start and Glennon would back him up. RB’s would be McCoy, Martin, and Sims. The Bucs could use the first 3 picks to shore up a bad O line. Foles has played lights out both times he visited Tampa.
Tampa doesn’t really have interest in Foles from what I have been told
Oh well. Thanks for the inside scoop Mark. It feels like a no lose situation for the Bucs. Mariota, Winston, or getting multiple first, second, and third round picks for a trade down works for me. Go Bucs!
Not drafting Winston would be the beginning of the end of Lovie and Licht’s NFL careers.
…and finishing 2-14 while striking out on immediately named starting FA’s like McCown at QB, LT Collins, DE Johnson, TE Meyers, CB Jenkins, and PK Murray wasn’t the “beginning of the end?” What happens when Winston gets paid and does something immature, which is almost guaranteed. It’s too important to miss on.
And what has generated all that Buzz? Pushing the Controversial Pick down everyones throats to generate sight Traffic. I’ve been watching this game for over 30 years. Every year the hype gets pumped up. Last years media hype pushed Johnny Manziel into a surefire top 5 selection. Many outlets including Pewter Report, ComishOnline and the network talking triplets all hyped up Manziel and dragged Teddy Bridgewater through the mud. We all see how well that information has turned out.
We never hyped of Maziel at all.
We should sign Winston just before the draft with a no baseball clause or move on. He’s not a good reliever; at best minor league talent, but an agent is and will use it against us.
Each Day as we get hear of different rumors. The ownership does has a view of who they want. Lets just pick which QB will fit Tampa Bay sistutation and stay with that pick. NO#2 get veterans around him who wants to win today not 3 yrs from now and #3. Pick thru the draft the positions they want to get. Right now we have 8 draft picks. go Bucs
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