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.
Question 1. Pickett971 asks, Do you see any other scenerio besides a QB needy team for the opportunity for the Bucs to trade down in the draft?
Answer: That is obviously the most likely scenario. There are still rumblings that the Jets are interested in Mike Glennon, but nothing substantial that we have heard. I wouldn’t rule out Cleveland or Denver either, although with Robert Griffin III now in Cleveland, and with the Browns to likely draft a quarterback, the Glennon to the Browns scenario is less likely. And of course if the Colin Kaepernick trade to the Broncos is ever done, you can scratch Denver off the list of potential trade partners. I still believe if the Bucs get a second round offer on draft day they would go ahead and make the deal, and of course a first rounder for Glennon wouldn’t even be a question if they make a deal. In a perfect world the Bucs would sign Glennon to another four-year deal and feel they are set at quarterback for years to come but knowing Mike, he wants to be a starter somewhere, or at least be given an opportunity to do so. And the Bucs understand that and know the likelihood of him agreeing to stay on as Jameis Winston’s backup isn’t going to happen most likely.
Question 2. Blake Emerton asks, I like the idea of Rankins at 9, but is he too light to play next to McCoy at 299lbs, or will his leverage help at 6’1″?
Answer: Well 299 is a little light to play the one-technique as a four-down player goes but most likely, if he happens to be the selection, the Bucs would have him spelling McCoy at times while also lining up next to him on obvious passing downs. Would he be an effective run stopper from the nose tackle position? That is up for debate, and while most likely he could add some weight, I believe teams look at him as an interior pass rusher who has a great get off as opposed as trying to make him a nose tackle. Adding weight could change that, and he most likely loses his most effective trait, and that is speed and an outstanding quick first step.
Question 3. The Real Lajoie asks, what do you think about drafting Myles Jack if he is still on the board at 9? Can play him like Kam Chancellor style saftey?
Answer: It definitely would cause the Bucs to pause for a second if he is still there. I understand why it might not happen, but I certainly think Myles Jack could be the second best defensive player in the draft behind Jalen Ramsey. He actually could turn out to be even better. On the surface it appears he would be relegated to the Sam backer position with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander already established as starters, but at No. 9 you have to almost always draft best player available. And while having another great linebacker may not seem like a pressing need at this moment, who says it isn’t by the time the regular season gets here? I hope everyone stays healthy, and hope Alexander’s PED issue was a simple mistake, but imagine if Jacks was on this team late last season when the Bucs were 6-6 before Alexander’s suspension. Maybe the Bucs go 9-7. Maybe they sneak into the playoffs. I guess a lot will depend on where the Bucs have him ranked on their big board. If he is a Top 5 talent in their opinion, and he is available at No. 9, then I believe they could take him, unless there is another player they have ranked very, very close.
Question 4. Ren Daxt asks, Jamis Winston made a commitment to get in better shape. Could you see any progress?
Answer: I have spent a couple occasions with him this offseason away from One Buc and he certainly looks to be in much better physical shape. And on Monday at the podium at One Buc he looked slimmer than at any point last season, or even his last season at Florida State. He admitted that when he went to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl, he decided he wanted to get his body in much better shape after seeing guys like Russell Wilson. I like the idea of him trimming down somewhat, but really don’t want to see him do a drastic Josh Freeman-type change. I think his bulk makes him a little more difficult to take down, and we saw him escape from hits last season that a lot of quarterbacks wouldn’t have been able to shake off. Of course the flip side, and a positive of dropping 10 pounds, is more mobility. Winston joked on Monday that he likes to eat, but also knows being in better shape should help him during the season. If he replaces some of his baby fat with muscle, then I think it is a good thing, and it appears that is what he is in the process of doing.
Question 5. What is the excitement level from players you talked to so far this offseason?
Answer: That is a question I get often. Not just from Twitter, but from family members at reunions or even cashiers at the grocery store. Every year people want to know, and honestly I can’t remember a year in the last six, where there wasn’t an excitement level of some sort. It’s a brand new year, every team in 0-0 in April and players and members of the organization say to themselves, “Why not us?” But I really feel I am sensing a little different attitude this year. From Gerald McCoy’s snpachats of him working out daily, to texting with a few players who can’t wait to get started, it certainly has a little different feel to it this offseason. I think the coaching change has ramped up intensity somewhat, but the fact that the offensive staff returns almost completely intact, the production of the offense last year, and the fact that this team was in the thick of the playoff race in late November, has players and fans sensing this organization is on the verge of a 1996-97 type turnaround.