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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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    I’m assuming the reference made to Ali Marpet battling for a starting position with a back-up player last year is in the situation Ali moves to center and Hawley is not retained. Even so, is Ali really falling out of favor with the organization? He is our best run blocker and consistently mentioned as one of the better young guards in the league by other news outlets. I can’t see a scenario with Ali on the bench in favor of Smith.

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    Good centers are not easy to find. Atlanta gave Mack alot of $$ and it looks like it paid off. As for the Bucs many people have been talking about moving some players around. I personally think Marpet should move to LG and Sweezy to RG leaving Kevin P, Evens and maybe a practice sq. Player to fight it out for the center job, unless we sign a FA center or draft someone that comes in overlooked like Kwon A was.

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    If Dalvin Cook, Corey Davis and OJ Howard are all sitting there at 19, who do you (A) think they will take, and (B) want them to take?

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      Given the draft is deep in RBs and WRs (e.g. Kareem Hunt that can be selected in 2nd or 3rd rnd), I might consider Howard.

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      If those three are sitting there, which two of them probably won’t be, that would be the fastest card drop of all time. It wouldn’t take a second for them to draft Cook. And of course I’d be all for that, considering his talent but also the value of him being there at 19. This is a deep draft for RB’s no doubt, but the talent between what Dalvin does against everyone including top competition, to what another RB such as Hunt does against his competition, there’s a reason one is there in the firs and the other maybe the 3rd.
      As for reality, the more and more PR breaks down Howard, the more and more I like the pick. But free agency will tell most of the story before the draft.

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        I’m not sure there is a huge dropoff between the RBs in this year’s draft. I don’t consider Dalvin Cook a generational RB on the line of Peterson or Tomlinson. Very good to elite RBs like Bell, David Johnson, Davonte Freeman can be found in the 2nd to 3rd rounds where they were actually selected. I do see a huge mismatch possibility with OJ Howard against any LB/Safety.

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    Unlikely that KC will let Berry get away … but they are cap-limited this year, and they probably cannot afford to keep both Berry and Dontari Poe, a quality DT/NT who’s going to get paid this year. He’s had a couple of Pro Bowl appearances already. Zach Sauers has a post on this on Fansided. He’s not a sackmaster, just provides strong pressure in the middle to bolster McCoy.

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    Sorry, but I would much rather have Joe Hawley at 4.5 million than Evan Smith. Smith hasn’t been able to beat him out since he got here.
    Tossing $10,5 million at a safety is plain ludicrous, even if his name was Ed Redd or Troy Polamalu. Copy the Panthers blueprint, which they copied from the Bucs and get a killer front four that keeps coming at the QB with an extreme prejudice.
    I actually like our safeties, even the much maligned Chris Conte who had a great athletic INT against Cam Newton in the final game only to see it wrongly waived off by a bad call from the refs. Replay clearly showed it was an INT.
    It took a while for all three, Conte, Tandy and McDougall to get accustomed to the new D but when they did coverage certainly improved by leaps and bounds. If they resign all three it wouldn’t upset me.
    If there is a DE or DT on the board worthy of a No. 19 pick, the Bucs should pick him. Ayers is good for maybe one more year and the same with Clinton McDonald. Jacquez Smith is an undersized DE as is Noah Spence. Gerald McCoy has maybe two more good years left in him before he starts to decline. This is not a knock on any of our older players, age just catches up with everyone. Of our 3 starters on the DL last year, all of them will be close to or older than 30 in 2017.

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