I enter the 2019 NFL Draft trying to address needs at defensive tackle, guard, linebacker, offensive tackle, while trying to find depth at running back, defensive end, quarterback and cornerback.

The Bucs have six draft picks in rounds 1-5 and Arizona’s seventh-rounder after shipping their sixth-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for the rights to head coach Bruce Arians. In my Bucs Battle Plan I have them trading defensive tackle Gerald McCoy to Buffalo in exchange for their fourth-and fifth-rounders (No. 106 and No. 137 overall), and then sending Buffalo’s fourth-rounder (No. 106 overall) to Pittsburgh along with wide receiver DeSean Jackson for the Steelers’ third-round pick (No. 83 overall). I also had Tampa Bay shipping its seventh-round pick (No. 193) to Cleveland for backup quarterback Drew Stanton

That leaves the Bucs with seven draft picks heading into the draft with the opportunity to trade down for more picks.

I have the Bucs trading down from the fifth overall pick to No. 10 in the first round with Denver, which needs a quarterback for the future, and picking up the Broncos’ second- and third-round picks in the deal. This gives the Bucs nine selections in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Reynolds’ 2019 Bucs’ Draft Picks

Round 1 (No. 10 – from Denver) – Clemson DT Christian Wilkins – Senior

I’m tempted to give the Bucs LSU inside linebacker Devin White, but since he’s been featured in the last two PewterReport.com 2019 Bucs’ 6-Round Mock Draft I’ll go with Wilkins, who is another one of my favorite defensive draft prospects. With Gerald McCoy being traded to Buffalo, Wilkins can step in and start as a rookie in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 defensive tackle role. Like Vita Vea, who was selected in the first round last year, the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Wilkins has the size and athleticism to play nose tackle or three-technique, which he did at Clemson, in addition to playing a five-technique defensive end role. Wilkins was a team captain and great leader of the two-time national champion Clemson Tigers, recording 192 tackles, 40.5 tackles for loss, 16 sacks, 15 passes defensed, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. The guy is athletic as heck, and head coach Dabo Swinney allowed him to run a fake punt, run for two touchdowns and catch a touchdown pass, too.

Round 2 (No. 39) – Boston College G Chris Lindstrom – Senior

The Bucs need a right guard – bad. Caleb Benenoch will move to right tackle this offseason and Alex Cappa will get a shot at right guard and tackle under the new coaching staff. I almost had Tampa Bay sign former Arizona guard Mike Iupati, who played for Arians and Harold Goodwin, but couldn’t fit him in under the salary cap. Plus, he’s been banged up the last couple of years and turns 32 this year. So the Bucs get Lindstrom (RG No. 75 in the highlight film), who was the best guard at the Senior Bowl and may be the best pure guard in the draft. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Lindstrom is an athletic, agile, people-mover in the running game and holds up well in pass protection, which was sorely lacking last year at the right guard sport. This guy loves getting to the second level in the running game.

Round 2 (No. 41 from Denver) – Memphis RB Darrell Henderson – Junior

The Bucs signed Tevin Coleman and re-signed Peyton Barber in free agency, plus Tampa Bay recently added Andre Ellington and still has last year’s second-round pick, Ronald Jones, on the team – so why add Henderson? Because he’s a game-breaker who rushed for 3,545 yards and 36 touchdowns in his Memphis career, including 1,909 yards and 22 scores last year while averaging 8.9 yards per carry. Henderson has great hands, evidenced by 63 catches for 758 yards (12 avg.) and eight more scores. Barber likely won’t be re-signed next year with Coleman getting a long-term deal, and there is no guarantee that Ellington or RoJo will step. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Henderson does a great job of breaking tackles and slipping tackles for a back his size, and presents a long-term option at the running back position for the Bucs.

Round 3 (No. 70) – Florida ILB Vosean Joseph – Junior

The Bucs need another inside linebacker to back up Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David, especially with the unknown status of Kendell Beckwith, who sat out the entire 2018 season after fracturing his ankle in the offseason. Joseph is a fast, hard-hitting linebacker that would fit well in Bowles’ attacking defensive scheme. He’s a bit undersized at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds, but plays bigger than his frame would indicate. Joseph had 161 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, four sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception in his three-year career at Florida. In his first year as a full-time starter, Joseph had 93 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five passes defensed, four sacks and one fumble recovery. David just turned 29 and it’s time to find an eventual successor, and Joseph would be an ideal candidate in a draft that is relatively weak at linebacker.

Round 3 (No. 71 from Denver) – UCF DT Trysten Hill – Junior

In my Bucs’ battle plan I have the Bucs parting ways with three veteran defensive tackles in McCoy, Beau Allen and Mitch Unrein, who missed all of last season due to a severe concussion. Wilkins is one replacement and the Bucs decide to take advantage of a very deep defensive tackle draft to get Hill in the third round with a pick acquired from Denver. The 6-foot-2, 315-pound Hill is a one-gap penetrator that – like Wilkins and Vea – can play either nose tackle or the three-technique spot. As a two-year starter for the Knights, Hill recorded 71 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, six sacks and one forced fumble in his three years at UCF. Hill, who has lost just one game over the last two seasons, had a great junior season in 2018 with 36 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. He would be a steal in the third round.

Round 3 (No. 83 from Denver) – Northern Illinois OT Max Scharping – Senior

In my Bucs Battle Plan, I have Tampa Bay placing the franchise tag on left tackle Donovan Smith. If Smith can play better in 2019 then he can earn a long-term contract extension next offseason. If he doesn’t then he needs to be replaced next year and the Bucs should draft an insurance policy with Sharping, who has great size at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds. Sharping, a four-year starter at NIU, played both left and right tackle in college and could be a starter at either position in Tampa Bay, replacing either Smith or Demar Dotson in 2019 after a transition year to the NFL.

Round 4 (No. 100) – Texas DE Charles Omenihu – Senior

The Bucs continue to take advantage of a deep class of talented defensive linemen by drafting Omenihu, who was the Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2018 with 45 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Omenihu gives the Bucs another pass rushing defensive end to team with Jason Pierre-Paul and Carl Nassib, who will be outside linebackers in Bowles’ 3-4 scheme and defensive ends when the team goes with a four-man front in nickel defense. Omenihu was a bit of a late bloomer as he had 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks combined in his first three years at Texas. Like JPP, Omenihu can also rush inside.

Round 5 (No. 134) – Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson – Junior

The Bucs will want to groom a backup quarterback behind Jameis Winston, but one who has the chance of developing into a starter down the road in case Winston doesn’t pan out. At 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, Jackson has ideal NFL size and a cannon of an arm that can get the ball downfield in Arians’ offense. Jackson needs some technical work on his release and accuracy, as he completed 55.8 percent of his passes for 6,999 yards with 49 touchdowns and 24 interceptions for the Bulls. He passed for 40 touchdowns and 15 interceptions over the last two years. Jackson is a good athlete with good mobility, evidenced by his 757 yards rushing and 16 rushing scores at Buffalo.

Round 5 (No. 136 from Buffalo) – West Virginia WR Gary Jennings

With DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries gone, the Bucs need to reload at wide receiver and tab Jennings from West Virginia, who is a Chris Godwin clone at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds. Jennings led the Big 12 in catches as a junior with 97 for 1,096 yards and one touchdown. As a senior, Jennings picked up in the scoring department and made more big plays downfield, averaging 17 yards per catch with 54 receptions for 917 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jennings had a good week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl and would be a steal in the fifth round. While he’s not quite as fast as Godwin, Jennings has an extra gear and the size to slip tackles and get yards after the catch from the slot or outside receiver positions.

Round 6. (No. 165) Traded to Arizona For Bruce Arians

Round 7. (No. 193) Acquired from Arizona, traded to Cleveland for Drew Stanton

Round 7. (No. 197) Traded to Pittsburgh as part of J.J. Wilcox trade in 2017

The Bucs sign UCF punter Mac Loudermilk after the draft to replace Bryan Anger. Loudermilk has the leg strength to also handle kickoff duties, which allows Cairo Santos to just focus on field goals.

Click the next page for my “Way Too Early” Projected Bucs’ 53-Man Roster.

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Scott Reynolds is in his 24th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his son's Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: [email protected]

65 COMMENTS

  1. Nice article. I don’t agree completely with one sentence for multiple reasons. “Licht also trades wide receiver DeSean Jackson to Pittsburgh, which must replace Antonio Brown, who will be traded this offseason”

    First, Pittsburgh won’t trade for DeSean Jackson. They don’t want his drama. They just got rid of Bell for his and now are trying to trade Brown for the same reason. They won’t buy into his background. However, they will try to poach Adam Humphries for his $8 million. With the loss of Brown this gives them a similar receiver and they don’t have to pay Tampa anything for an unrestricted free agent.

    Nice story but I don’t see how what you wrote happening unless someone else pays that amount for Humphries and if Pittsburgh won’t use a draft pick for a receiver instead.

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    • While Pitt may not want DJax (which has yet to be determined), please don’t say you’re actually saying Hump and Brown are similar receivers. Other than size they don’t compare at all imo. 837/11,207/13.4/74 vs 219/2,329/10.6/9. Brown had as many TD’s in 2017 alone (9) as Humphries has had in his entire career so far, and that was Brown’s fewest since 2013.

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    • I absolutely Love Humphries but he is nowhere near the TYPE of receiver Jackson and Brown are. Not that he doesn’t have talent, he is just not a down field deep threat like they are. Plus Jackson isn’t as much of a Diva as Brown is.

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    • But stops here. Pitt didn’t get rid of Bell. Bell chose to leave Pitt because they wouldn’t pay him properly. Don’t think I for a minute they wouldn’t take Bell back if he would accept their original offer. That being said I don’t see Pitt trading for DJax. They know we will prob cut him if we can’t trade him but I see then going after other FA WR like Cobb or D Thomas.

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  2. I like your offseason acquisitions. But I am not a fan of your draft at all. I would not like to see us draft Wilkins with the 10th pick, and if we are signing Coleman and Barber back. Plus we signed Ellington and still have Ronald Jones, I definitely do not want us to spend a 2nd round pick on Henderson, we could use that for another upgraded o-lineman, pass rusher, or secondary. Outside of that, I would be happy with this offseason.

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  3. Decent battle plan. I don’t like paying Tevin Coleman, I’d rather see us re-structure GMC or get Iupati/Ramon to play guard. Would rather see the Bucs draft Oliver at DT since he would complement what Vita brings to the table. If we are moving on from GMC then a penetrating DT is a must and I think Oliver is special in that regard. A name to watch at CB should be Darby, he’s a FL native and could come cheaper than Kareem Jackson with similar production. The Bucs should gamble more on players from the state due to their familiarity with the weather and sense of pride being from the area. Last offseason I thought Pouncey would’ve been a good pickup at C, instead we made Jensen the highest paid C in the league. Hopefully we learn from those mistakes at some point and make more sound decisions since the cap situation has changed. Pay for players like JPP when the production clearly warrants it, but please please stop overpaying players when better fits are available.

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    • Darby has also been involved with every incident that Jameis has had. So I do not think our front office would be too quick to bring Darby into the environment

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      • A fact not many seem to know or acknowledge evidently, as lots of folks have mentioned him as a Buc FA target.

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  4. I really like your approach to handling our veterans and FA / cap. I would love all of that to happen. I don’t fully agree with approach to the draft, nor do I think we’ll end up with as many favorable trades. I think this team goes DE, G, DT, T in the top 3-4 rounds, if not necessarily in that order. I love your selections of DT Trysten Hill and DE Charles Omenihu. Trevor and Jon Ledyard have been talking them up quite a bit. If we trade down in the 1st (I would try) I would target a different set of Gators in either DE Jachai Polite or RT Jawaan Taylor. I don’t like drafting a backup QB or trading for one. If Winston goes down or isn’t the guy for whatever reason, at that point I’d like to lose as many games as possible and draft one at the top of the draft next year. If we do draft one, though, I do like Tyree Jackson.

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  5. Not a fan of this scenario. Having two ILB that weigh 225lbs in a 3-4 sounds disastrous. I don’t understand giving Kwon a long-term, second tier money contract when he’s coming off an injury and hasn’t shown an ability to get off blocks well enough to excel in a 3-4.

    Chris Lindstrom seems to be every teams favorite pick as a plug and play starter at RG in the second round. With all that hype, I’m starting to think he’s going in the bottom third of the first round and Tampa would have to trade up to get him.

    Tevin Coleman proved last year (behind a better offensive line) that he should not be an RB1

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  6. I really enjoyed your article, nice work. The one thing I take umbrage with is Wilkins (DT) at 10 in the draft. There I would take Oliver, if he is gone go with the best DE (Polite/Ferguson). Love how you address G, OT and the drafting of RB Henderson, he is a special player.

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  7. Not bad. I do disagree keeping Gholston & Spence; both too slow.

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    • Spence is too slow? If you brought up the uncertainty of his shoulder, I would feel obligated to agree. But, too slow? C’mon now. Gholston, if he can get back to being the run stuffer he was, worth every damn penny. Otherwise, deuces, bro.

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  8. I like everything except for your final OTs. I’d like to see Jonah after trading down a few spots and picking up extra picks. It’s fun to think that those trades could happen, but not realistic. Matthieu would be a great pick up as well.

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    • If we trade down, anywhere after 7 or 8, the chances of J Williams being there are slim

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      • I’ve seen mocks with Jonah Williams going in the 20’s. He’s a projected guard at the next level. Projected = Project.

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        • A film rat that loves football and starts on Alabama’s O line for four years is a project. Ha ha!

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          • Ryan Kelly was about the same. Film rat with starting experience for years at Alabama. He’s been hurt alot and is has been a mediocre center in the NFL. He contributed to getting Andrew Luck hit or sacked more than any QB his first year in the league.

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      • That’s true, Gray… Some mocks have him down in 10-15 range. I wouldn’t drop too far, but the Bucs are in the cat bird’s seat this year… Ahead of two teams taking QBs and no teams above us really need QBs. I expect that someone is going to overpay for our slot.

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        • I wanna see an overpay like Atlanta did to nab Julio. Won’t happen, but that would be awesome.
          Sombrero, projected=project? You on the same meds as BUC-ASS-BOB? God, I hope not, they’re not working for him. He is not “projected” to play guard, he is insinuated there. Majority of these pundits are just talking heads that appeal to the crowd and don’t really know that much about who should play where. This is not about me playing favorites toward Jonah, either. I just really like what he brings to the table. To be honest, hurts me to say as someone who grew up a Noles fan, but I think Ju’Waan Taylor of Florida would be the wiser pick of the two. Not to discount the talent or heart of Williams

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          • I get what you are saying but Julio is a Generational Talent, Browns got hosed on that deal.

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  9. I think this team is better served spending FA money on a LB or a RG/RT instead of RB (Coleman). I also don’t think we should draft an RB so high, instead draft another trench guy. Barber, RoJo (living up to his talent with improved coaching), Ellington, and an RB drafted in 4th or 5th round will do the trick. Trench talent is just more important now, and with better blocking/scheming/playcalling, Barber/RoJo/Ellington should be a good combo to complement our high octane passing attack. Your battle plan works, but I think we can do better. The draft is such a wild card because we don’t know who will be there at 5 and where we might trade down to. Nice job though.

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    • I am inclined to agree with you, as far as passing on Coleman and using that money to bring in more bodies on the OLine. However, bringing in a tackle or guard in FA will be cost prohibitive, in comparison. Either way, Coleman…. PASS. I feel the same about drafting another RB in the 2nd. Henderson is pretty damn good, but he won’t change this team’s rush attack if we don’t dump some serious capital on the horses up front

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  10. Great article.
    For me it keeps coming back to the awful job jason does with this roster.
    I really don’t understand how he keeps his job

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    • .. Licht has a terrible record as gm with so many failures . Makes no since for anyone to give you a thumbs down

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      • *sense

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        • thanks :>))

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  11. Liked a lot of this….however, the idea of basically having 4 premium RB’s is hilariously bad.

    Agree with the Tevin Coleman signing and think hes a fit…just no damn way you do that and then turn around and spend another 2nd round pick on an RB. This team has way too many needs and holes to fill to be throwing around premium picks on luxuries like that

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    • Struck me as an odd pick as well, especially in the 2nd Round. Reynolds DOES like him some Henderson though, so wasn’t surprised. And we still have rookie Shaun Wilson at RB, whom the coaches may see something in as well. Seems like there might be a better OT prospect available at #41 than grabbing Scharping in the 3rd. It’s all speculation at this point, but it’s fun to play the game.

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    • Though I wouldn’t call Coleman, Barber, Jones and Ellington 4 premium RB’s. That’s a little hilarious as well 🙂 Agree with your point otherwise. Believe SR may see Henderson as a better RB than anyone among that group, though many projected Jones would be our #1 already, so the draft is far from a certainty in that regard.

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      • True,,,I meant to use the term “premium” to apply to salary and draft capital not level of stature in the NFL.

        Basically, my overall point is it’s very dumb roster management to spend cap room on an RB to start…and then turn around and draft an RB in the 2nd.

        To me, it seems smart to call RoJo’s year last year a “redshirt” year and treat him almost as a new draft pick.

        With that 2nd round pick that SR has ticketed for Darrell Henderson, I would go with a stand up rusher who is a more natural 3-4 fit than the incumbents

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  12. Seeing all this on paper doesn’t thrill me. Reminds me that we have lot holes and depth issues still that won’t be fixed in one year. I hope LB position can stay healthy it’s been crazy bad luck. I also get anxiety looking at that O line. Especially if some injuries occur we could be in very bad shape. I think coaching will help but man I just can’t get excited if that’s what the final O line looks like. Secondary should be much improved with better coaching and if Hargreaves stays healthy. Losing him and forcing Stewart and others into starting hurt us badly on defense last year.

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  13. DT Oliver or ILB White in the 1st round. I don’t think a couple 225 lb guys at ILB are going to work as well as you think, but I could be wrong. I link Wilkins as a third option in the first after Oliver or White (or, God willing, Q Williams before any of them if he drops that far).

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  14. I don’t know if you are serious or sitting back laughing at the one’s who buy into your plan but it’s ridiculous Scott.
    Start with trading 7th Rd for Drew Stanton a career back up. How bout keep Griffin.
    Next you trade Mcoy for 4th and 5th leaving a gigantic hole in the defense hoping a developmental project can pick up the slack. If the Bills can win with Mcoy why can’t we. Then you want us to sign an average LB coming off major knee injury 9 mil a year for 4 years. Seriously if Kwon was healthy no team in the league makes that offer let alone sign him. Alright I understand our RB situation need improvement but Tevin Coleman was no better than Barber last year so why not fix the problem Oline and spend the money elsewhere maybe CB,LB,safety,TE. Your plan guarantees we loose, GM gets fired, HC is on the hot seat, Winston gets cut and we’re rebuilding in 2020.

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    • You want to know why Patriots win every year Scott, it’s because they don’t give away 7th Rd picks for a career backup QB. Instead they’ll plug in a 7th rounder named Trent Brown and trade him to any sucker willing to give away picks. Drew Staton!

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  15. Everybody has an opinion and most differ. I offer this not to say the opinions offered at PR are wrong but that some differ. For me I’m going to wait until the combine is over and the owner’s meeting has been held. Not for the player performances or that I enjoy the chatter of old billionaires, but that’s where deals are done. And of course people talk. March 13th (free agency)is not far away and a lot of questions will be answered. I can wait! Go Bucs!

    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/02/22/why-gerald-mccoy-will-return-for-a-10th-season-with-the-bucs/

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    • Love how Stroud points out that when McCoy returns, he will be entering his 10th season as a Bucs player which was longer than Warren Sapp. At a bargain of ONLY 13 million. Lol. Oh and no trade market exists for GMC because the deep free agent field and deep draft so the Bucs better keep him around? Huh? How’s that logic work?

      Too bad GMC never came close to emulating the leadership, swagger, mental toughness, or most importantly the PRODUCTION of undeniable Buccaneer All Time Great Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp. HE WAS A PLAYER TEAMS GAME PLANNED HARD AGAINST AND STILL HAD NO ANSWERS.

      This is such a poor comparison. Its like comparing Demar Dotson to Paul Gruber because he’s been in Tampa longer, therefore he must be just as good. Hogwash.

      GMC never even played better than his draft foil Ndamakong Suh.

      McCoy is a nice guy who always finishes last.

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      • I don’t know, man. I think his bank account would beg to differ on the finishing last comment

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        • Great point. Sam Bradford has made more than McCoy. He must be great too then?

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  16. McCoy is staying and nobody is going to give up a 3rd round pick for DJax. With McCoy staying we wont draft DT in first round but hopefully Josh Allen is there.

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    • Gruden might give up a 3rd rounder. He HATES rookies. He LOVES old fast WR’s. There isn’t a 3rd rounder coming out that Gruden would say is better than Desean Jackson. Perfect PERFECT pairing.

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      • Except Gruden traded, arguably, the best defensive player in the league because he was due a pay day

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        • Khalil Mack signed a 6 year deal for 141 million with the Bears.

          Jackson is owed 10 million for 2019. That is a price I could see Gruden willing to pay for a player of Jacksons talent.

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  17. That’s a terrible mock draft. No need for 5 RBs and 4 TEs on 53 man roster. I’d rather have one more ILB and OLB.

    Hopefully the other Pewter Report guys do better.

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    • Damn forgot Shaun Wilson. Yeah no need for 6 RBs.

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      • I agree with you on the running backs. If the Bucs draft another RB in the second round, why keep Barber or bring Coleman in?

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  18. McCoy isn’t staying unless they restructure his contract. I doubt anyone gives anything for idiot Jackson either though.

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  19. Maybe 5th or 6th for Jackson….if lucky

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    • Jackson has value to a team with a QB that can accurately hit the deep pass. Pittsburgh makes some sense if they lose Brown. San Fran makes some sense. Houston makes some sense.

      There’s one team that makes the most sense though…Oakland. Its a homecoming for DJax. Gruden loves old timers with speed at WR. They have a definite need.

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      • Amari Cooper, better in every way but speed. Traded by Gruden. Why? Cap space. You really think he’s gonna want a $10M cry baby on his squad?

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        • Amari isn’t D.Jax. At least not to Gruden.

          Speed kills. Gruden had Tim Brown in Oaktown. He brought in Galloway, McCardell, and drafted some pipsqueek from appelaichain state in the second round the year he got fired. Dexter Jackson who was very afraid, but he was also very fast. He has always admired Desean Jackson.

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    • I agree. even a 7th is better than nothing. No reason to cut him until guaranteed $ are due. He did not earn the courtesy early pre-FA cut that Curry did either. I hope/think Licht gets something. Go Bucs!

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  20. I think you’re dreaming Scott that McCoy, and D Jax have that kind of trade value. God bless the Bucs if they could get that kind of draft capitol for those two. Your draft picks aren’t bad, but I don’t think a 226 pound LB inside would hold up. We do need LB help, and would rather see us draft White, and pick up a DT later since there is a lot of talent available. I think the Bucs should sign a FA LB, but not Kwon. Throwing 36 million on an undersized LB coming off an ACL doesn’t make sense. There has to be a better 3-4 LB option in free agency then Kwon.

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    • I agree with you 100% about McCoy or Djax trade value. Pipe dream. Buffalo is the ideal trade partner for GMC. I also think keeping Alxander and David are mistakes in a 3-4, even though they are my favorite two players on defense. Bucs need a Ray Lewis type at ILB, which is obviously a tall order but there are a few kids coming out that have size, speed, healthy knees, youth and aren’t part of a losing culture. Devin White is definitely one of them.

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  21. Hey, great article! Not everyone can agree on everything, but I enjoy seeing everyone’s thoughts on what the bucs should do this year.
    I gotta say, I’m really anxious to see what the bucs will do come March!

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  22. Overall I think it is a solid plan. One thing I don’t like that you guys do is select different players in your mini mock drafts only because the player you would pick is also in your official Mock Draft. Just pick who you wanna pick.

    That being said, RB is a position that we should either grab someone like Coleman one FA or Draft one in the first 3 rounds, not both. Barber has been a good runner when given proper blocking and I feel would really take off with a better line, I feel Jones would change peoples minds too so picking up one more solid option would be needed, but not both.

    The Oline really needs to be the focus on Offense. Lindstrom sounds like a solid pick but we could really use a Tackle in the top 3 rounds if we can pick up an extra pick.

    I would also like to think that McCoy could go for at least a 3rd round pick as well, not that I actually wanna see him go. A Veteran CB is definitely a necessity. It would be interesting if we could grab a couple players in some trades over just late round Drafts Picks.

    I’m just really hyped for this offseason to get goin here once FA starts and see how this team starts to shape up. I think guys like Adams and Hargreaves are gonna fill spots we though we’re holes and our needs will start to whiddle down to a very manageable amount for the Draft. I think by Draft time our needs will be Oline, LB, Dline Depth and Backup QB.

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  23. Love:
    – Honey Badger and Jackson in FA
    – Lindstrom in Rd2

    Dislike:
    – Wilkins – hasn’t the NFL learned that Clemson DLinemen are system DLinemen yet? Just like Baylor QBs, anyone playing offense at Oregon, and so forth. The best we’ve seen is one good year from Vic Beasley surrounded by 3 pretty awful ones. NO MORE CLEMSON DLINEMEN.
    – why aren’t we picking 5th overall in your draft? Keep that pick and take a top-5 player!

    Hate:
    – one of the top-10 DTs in the league for a 4th and a 5th round pick….YUCK! I know that Licht followed Lovie’s wishes and got us Kwon in the 4th round once upon a time. Lovie is long gone, and Licht is terrible in the draft. This move is giving away a probowler for nothing, in order to save cap money, which we don’t need to save.

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  24. Scott, interesting article with a lot of good strategy. If you watched closely the job Liedtke did playing LT for two preseason games when his experience was as a Guard, you would realize he gave up no sacks or or pressures for both games and was not penalized for holding either. He completely outplayed D. Smith who had three years experience at the position. In my book that makes D. Smith trade bait and we take a LT in the draft in the first round after we trade down that wasn’t with a spread team and start Liedtke until the rookie is developed to NFL speed. Also BA wants big LBs for his 3-4 so that means Minter and another big LB in the middle and not David or Alexander (the latter wants way too much money and doesn’t cover well and has trouble separating from blocks.)

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  25. Jennings doesn’t last until the 5th.

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  26. Is Stevie Tu’ikolovatu still on the roster?

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    • Yes. IR last year. Entering his 3rd year in the league I think.

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  27. Eycarumba! There are more Big Sombrero sightings here than an episode of The Cisco Kid. (Youngsters look it up on Google or ask Alexa) Muy bueno amigo! Your photo reminds me of the “big hat brothers” who used to wear these giant orange cowboy hats to the games at the old Sombrero.

    Without getting into specifics of developing off-season plans; I have but a few philosophies:

    01.) Retain your own players if warranted.
    02.) Be very cautious when considering signing another team’s free agents.
    03.) Draft the BPA.
    04.) Don’t keep players too long after they have started their inevitable decline.
    05.) Quickly rid the roster of malcontents.
    06.) Recognize mistakes and move on.
    07.) Allow youngsters sufficient opportunities in the off-season programs.
    08.) Encourage former players to remain part of the family.
    09.) Develop an understanding of player’s strengths and weaknesses to maximize his contribution.
    10.) Find a frigging placekicker!

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    • Perfect!

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  28. Sorry Scott, but McCoy and Hump? The strongest part of our team was WR. Gotta keep Humphries. DT Wilkins doesn’t flow my boat either, lot of DL talent on the board instead of him. You shouldn’t sacrifice McCoy for rookie Dt. Like the Honey Bear in FA.

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  29. I don’t see Denver trading up for a QB. They just traded for Flacco. We don’t even know what they have up yet. It could be their 3rd round pick but more likely a 4th. So if denver trades up with us, it would have traded their top 4 picks for 2QBs, Flacco and a rookie. I just don’t see that happening. If we are going to trade back it will probably be Miami, Jacksonville, cincy, or Washington. All in need of a QB.

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