Former Bucs WR Mark Carrier – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
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, and those selections will be revealed on Saturday at the conclusion of this PewterReport.com Bucs Franchise Fantasy Draft.
The draft will be divided into five days with five rounds being announced each day on PewterReport.com. On Saturday, the three Bucs fantasy draft teams will be listed side-by-side-by-side for you to view and vote on. We want our PewterReport.com readers in Pewter Nation to select which Pewter Reporter drafted the ultimate Bucs fantasy team.
With rounds 1-5 already in the books, let’s take a look at Day 2 and see how each owner decided to surround their core players from day one.
Click the next page to see the strategy behind what Scott Reynolds did from the first pick of the second day all the way to round ten.
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]
At least someone took Aqib Talib this time. Sheesh!
I weep for Scott’s offense. His “best” offensive player is a RB who averaged 3.8 yards for his entire career, with his best two year stretch being one in which he averaged fewer than that. His second and third best WRs are two guys who each had fewer 1,000 yard seasons than both Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, only they both played at least 6 full seasons in Tampa. I mean, hey, if you want a group that struggles to gain yards when you hand your RB the ball and that struggles to accumulate yards through the air no matter who you throw to – THIS is the offense for you! But, hey – at least he has the best SLB (on the field for approximately 35-40% of snaps these days) of all time. Great value there (this is my sarcastic voice).
Meanwhile, Cook made sure to lock in that thunder and lightning combo that led the Buccaneer offense to all of those top notch finishes over the years. I finally ACTUALLY loved Mark Cook’s value for the FIRST time in the entire draft when he took Penn in the 7th, then again with Galloway, and AGAIN with Batman. I think it’s still too early for Kwon there, but it’s not like he went CRAZY early, so not bad I guess. Solid overall in the middle rounds, although Cook’s fixation on Cbs in the modern game is absolutely dumbfounding.
Sikkema finally made his first bad picks (took him a lot longer than the other two) with Keyshawn and Talib in the middle rounds. I actually think Key is one of the worst picks of day two. Locker room cancer, not terribly consistent or productive for us or overall for his career, nothing more than an elevated chain mover….yea, no thanks. He’s a day 3 pick for sure. How he went AHEAD of VJ is beyond me completely. Sure, Talib is stupid talented and really good now, but when you consider that only his Bucs years count, I don’t see the value at all there. Also think Sikkema failed in the scouting department there – had he checked the last time this draft was done, he’d have known that he could have gotten Talib much later if he really wanted him. When I said I thought I knew his next direction, the direction I was referencing was Gruber, which is an excellent pick. Sikkema has the 2nd best QB in franchise history and will absolutely destroy anything Mark and Scott can put on the field in the trenches. I actually expected him to also grab another lineman or two, likely with one interior player, but I guess there’s still time for that. Vincent in the 9th and Kelly in the 10th is great value.
Middle round overall grades – Sikkema B, Cook B-, Reynolds D+.
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