Former Bucs head coach Jon Gruen & owner Malcolm Glazer - Photo by: Getty Images
Welcome, one and all, to PewterReport.com’s Bucs Franchise Fantasy Draft – boy, that was a mouthful.
To spice up the offseason a bit, and to hopefully make the time between now and training camp go by a little quicker, PewterReport.com’s “Big 3” that consists of publisher Scott Reynolds, editor-in-chief Mark Cook and Bucs beat writer Trevor Sikkema have come up with an exercise that will give all Bucs fans, young and old, something unique to read and follow along with. We set out to see who would draft the best Bucs team of all-time.
The rule of the Bucs Franchise Draft are simple. Each owner/GM will get one pick per round in an order that numbers in a snake style (meaning if you have the last pick of the current round you also get the first pick of the next round, etc.). Any player who played for the Buccaneers at any point in their career is up for grabs, but who you are selecting is the type of player they were as Buccaneers. That means players like Steve Young or Bo Jackson wouldn’t do your team any good. There can be some potential and chemistry assumed with different players playing from different eras, but most of what you’re drafting is from what we’ve seen these players do as Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New offseason additions like wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive tackle Chris Baker and tight end O.J. Howard were drafted – but only on potential.
Before the draft, at a top secret location, the three drew numbers and the order of the draft came out:
Each owner/GM had to build their complete starting offense, defense, and also draft a kicker, punter and a special teams return specialist, so there were 25 picks in total. Each offense had to include two wide receivers, two running backs, one tight end, one quarterback and a center, two guards and two tackles, and each defense had to include two safeties, two corners, three linebackers, and four defensive linemen – no getting fancy with schemes. The three owners/GMs also selected a head coach from the Bucs history as well.
So, with all the picks in and all the players signed, below is the official draft board from the 2017 PR Bucs Fantasy Draft.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he’s not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
That picture is of Errict Rhett, not James Wilder.
Leave it to the guy born after his playing days to pick the pictures.
(I fixed it, thanks!)
I am pretty surprised that nobody took kellen Winslow. Dude was a head case but there isn’t no deneying the talent there. He wasn’t pretty much dominant his entire time here in Tampa. Also they might have covered this in the text as cheating but I would have taken Steve Young at QB.
I almost took Winslow over Howard. Probably should have in hindsight.
We had to take players as they were Buccaneers (for the most part). So Steve Young, Bo Jackson and Darrelle Revis weren’t as appealing with those rules.
I think Cook takes it. Just my humble opinion.
Well it’s a bad opinion – just kidding.
I guess the game is to make the best team. I have never played fantasy football.
I assume that we are judging players on their best performance years.
If that is indeed the case, Scott takes it.
Wilder and Bell running the ball, at their best, c’mon man it’s just ridiculous.
Brooks, Davis and Quarles as the LB’s, wet dream.
Brad Davis, who I think is one very under rated QB,a good passer and doesn’t turn it over, great.
Even I could win with those dudes.
Who is Brad Davis? He must have been before my time.
Johnson // Blond moment
I have Sikkema as the winner. I divided the draft into 6 parts: Offensive playmakers (OP), offensive line (OL), defensive front 7 (DF), DB’s, special teams (ST), and head coach (HC). I used a sliding grading scale where the best score for OP was 5, OL 4, DF 4, DB’s 3, ST 2, and HC 2. Best overall was Sikkema with 17 points, Cook with 13, and Reynolds with 12. Reynolds finished last, scoring 0 points in the ST and HC categories otherwise had a good draft. Had Reynolds and Cook tied I would have given the tie breaker to Reynolds. Cook was helped mightily with his OP. I know I have too much time on my hands. I’m sure some will disagree but just thought I’d share.
Trevor, these teams need to be created in Madden.
Each team controlled by the computer plays twice. One home game, one away game.
Best record wins. Follows NFL tie breakers just in case.
Oh and upload highlights from the games….
Kinda surprised nobody took Dave Pear, the first Buc to go to a pro bowl.
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