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Here are some things that caught my attention this week:

FAB 1. If you have seen my appearance on NFL Network in last week’s Buccaneers: Path to the Draft or read’s three-round NFL mock draft, you know that I am quite fond of Houston wide receiver Donnie Avery. If you aren't too familiar with Avery, you can check him out in Pewter Report's 2008 Bucs Draft Prospect profile.

Avery's stock is on the rise and Pewter Report is currently projecting him as Tampa Bay’s first-round pick because he is in the pool of top-tier players the Bucs are looking at, and he won’t be around when they pick in the second round.

Some Bucs fans have bristled at my selection of Avery, who had 91 catches for 1,456 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007, at number 20 simply because most Internet mock drafts don’t have the speedy Houston receiver going in the first round. Truth be told, most fans will say how they “don’t like Avery” or believe he “only has straight line speed.” But what is this based on?

I politely ask, how many Houston games have those critics watched? It’s my job to tape and watch up to 15 college games per week during the fall and I can tell you that Houston was only on TV about six or seven times last year and some of those TV appearances were on CSTV or ESPN Game Plan, which aren’t mainstream channels like ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 or CBS. Also, there aren’t many highlight clips of Avery on the Internet or You Tube. I think some fans form opinions on these factors instead of actually watching the tape.

In case you haven’t noticed, mock drafts are all over the place this year – I can't recall a year in which the mocks have been this varied – and there is definitely not a consensus number one wide receiver this year. As I detailed a few weeks ago, all of the supposed first-round receivers have holes in their game. It doesn’t bother me that no other mock draft has Avery in the first round. And it might not bother Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden and the Bucs, either.

“I think when you’re picking 20th, sometimes you’re not quite sure how deep (the draft) is,” Gruden said at the NFL Owners Meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. last week. “If you can take a guy you really want there, you’re not going to get him in the second round. It’s pretty clear who the top seven, eight or nine players are. It always is. There are some depth on the offensive line – and cornerback, it appears, to be pretty deep. There are some quality backs. Then you get down there at No. 20 and there is a guy at this position and that position and that position. They’re all pretty good players. Which one do you take? That’s a tough question. … You’d like to just keep adding as much firepower as you can, a guy who can make a big play, interceptions returned for a touchdown. Return a punt. Our return game, we’d like to pick that up."

Did you know that Avery averaged 28.3 yards per kick return last year and had a 100-yard return for a touchdown against East Carolina?

Back to my point about Avery being a first-round candidate for Tampa Bay. Keep in mind that my job is not necessarily to say which player the Bucs should choose. It’s really my job to tell you, the Pewter Insider subscriber, who I think the Bucs will choose.

A couple of observations for you from the 2006 draft – because it was recent, and those selections have had two years to prove they belong in the NFL. Was Ohio State safety Donte Whitner really the eighth-best player in the 2006 NFL Draft? He was drafted eighth overall by Buffalo in one of the biggest surprises in the draft.

Was Tennessee defensive back Jason Allen, who was coming off a dislocated hip, really the 16th-best player? He was chosen in that spot by Miami – another first-round surprise.

Was Oklahoma guard Davin Joseph, who carried a second-round grade in most mock drafts, the 23rd-best player in the draft. The Bucs made him a first-rounder and surprised many by selecting him over Ohio State center Nick Mangold.

In fact, the Bucs have surprised us with their first- and second-round selections over the last four or five years. In 2004, the Bucs surprised everyone by drafting wide receiver Michael Clayton at the 15th spot ahead of Miami linebacker D.J. Williams, Ohio State defensive end Will Smith and Oregon State running back Steven Jackson. Most mock drafts had Clayton going much later in the first round because of his 40-yard dash time.

The Bucs also surprised experts in 2005, drafting Nebraska middle linebacker Barrett Ruud with the 36th overall pick, nine spots ahead of more heralded USC middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Most mock drafts had Ruud as a late second-round pick, and certainly not the first prospect at the middle linebacker position.

Joseph carried roughly the same grade as guard Arron Sears, who was Tampa Bay’s second-round pick, selected 35th overall last year. Although 13 picks separated the spots where Joseph and Sears were selected, they were relatively graded the same by the Bucs. With Tampa Bay drafting so late in the first round, don’t put it past this team to surprise us again.

The same type of scenario has unfolded from the 2006 draft at the receiver position. Ohio State’s Santonio Holmes was the first wide receiver selected that year. Holmes, who was drafted by Pittsburgh 25th overall, drew comparisons to Bucs wide receiver and Buckeyes alum, Joey Galloway, because he was 5-foot-11, 189 pounds. In two years in the NFL, Holmes has 101 catches for 1,766 yards (17.5 avg.) and 10 touchdowns.

After Holmes, Florida’s Chad Jackson was selected 36th overall by New England. He caught 13 passes for 152 yards (11.7 avg.) and three scores prior to tearing his ACL, which caused him to miss the entire 2007 campaign. It also prompted the Patriots to trade for Randy Moss and Wes Welker.

The next receiver that was drafted was Miami’s Sinorice Moss at number 44 overall by the New York Giants. In two years, he has 26 catches for 250 yards (9.6 avg.) and no touchdowns. He’s been such a disappointment that the Giants had to spend a second-round pick in last year’s draft on receiver Steve Smith.

That leads me to one of my favorite – and the Bucs’ favorite – players in the 2006 draft, Western Michigan’s Greg Jennings. At 5-foot-11, 197 pounds and blessed with 4.3 speed, I thought Jennings reminded me of Galloway even more than Holmes did. The Packers made Jennings the fourth receiver drafted with the 52nd overall pick. In two years in the NFL, he has 98 catches for 1,552 yards (15.8 avg.) and 15 touchdowns, including 53 catches for 920 yards (17.4 avg.) and 12 scores last year. Jennings also had seven catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the playoffs last year.

If you were to re-draft the 2006 draft, Jennings would be a first-rounder based on his production, and would even be the top receiver drafted ahead of Holmes, who has scored seven less touchdowns. When I see what Jennings is doing for the Packers, I can see what Avery, who is the same type of player, can do for the Buccaneers.

Would I like to see the Bucs trade down a few spots, perhaps even into the top of the second round, and take Avery there while acquiring an extra pick or two? Absolutely, but the Bucs have tried to trade down a couple of spots in years past and it hasn’t worked out. Remember, it takes two to tango … and two teams to trade.

As I mentioned on NFL Network, Gruden loves big wide receivers, but what have they done for him lately? After a sensational rookie season, 6-foot-4 Michael Clayton has scored one touchdown in three years. Six-foot-5 flanker Maurice Stovall has just one touchdown catch in two years in the NFL.

Gruden’s most productive wide receiver in Tampa Bay has been Galloway, who set a franchise record by producing his third-straight 1,000-yard season in 2007 and scored 23 touchdowns over the past three years. With two highly drafted, young, 6-foot-4-ish receivers in Clayton and Stovall, there isn’t a real need for another big receiver like Texas’ Limas Sweed or Oklahoma’s Malcolm Kelly.

What this team needs is the next Galloway, in my opinion. The Bucs need a vertical threat to add some speed and playmaking ability to their offense and eventually succeed Galloway at the split end position. Galloway is 36 and will turn 37 in November.

Avery has been described as the most explosive wide receiver in the draft. He ran a 4.4 at the NFL Scouting Combine with a pulled hamstring and then blazed a 40-yard dash in the 4.32-4.35-range at his pro day last week. His fastest 40-yard dash time has been clocked at 4.25. Avery also posted a 37-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6-inch broad jump, which further demonstrated his athletic ability.

But what really blew NFL scouts away was his three-cone drill, which was timed between an amazing 6.25-6.29, according to This shows he is more than just a straight-line speed merchant. The three-cone drill measures quickness and agility and Avery’s time is the best of any receiver this year, besting Louisville’s Harry Douglas, who turned in a 6.51 time. By comparison, the average receiver ran a 7.02 in this drill at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden has done a very good job of building an effective running game with his stable of backs and quality offensive linemen. But nothing can screw up a rushing attack like a pesky safety in the box. Galloway helps Gruden’s ground game by forcing safeties to stay deep and respect his speed. Take a look at the current Tampa Bay roster and tell me who is going to fill that role when Galloway retires?

If you haven’t had your Avery fill by now, here’s one more nugget of information – he will be at One Buccaneer Place next week in a pre-draft visit.

FAB 2. A lot of attention gets paid to the Buccaneers’ first- and second-round picks, but the round that should get your attention is the third round. Perhaps no other round has been more disappointing since the turn of the century than that of the third round in Tampa Bay.

Third-round picks are supposed to be in the top 100 players in the NFL Draft. They are supposed to stick on teams’ rosters and eventually start, with the hope that they evolve into Pro Bowl players. Cornerback Ronde Barber (1997) and strong safety John Lynch (1993) were the two best third-round picks in Bucs’ history and did just that.

But on the watch of general managers Rich McKay and Bruce Allen, and directors of college scouting Tim Ruskell, Ruston Webster and Dennis Hickey, the Bucs have failed to draft quality players in the third round. In some instances, Tampa Bay has simply whiffed and wasted pretty valuable picks on questionable players.

I’m not going to go back and play the “woulda-coulda-shoulda drafted these players” game. Pewter Report has done that before. As savvy Bucs fans, you’ll recognize the names of these third-round picks and quickly see how poorly the team has drafted in round three since 2000.

2000 MLB Nate Webster – Webster was a heck of a college player at Miami, but didn’t have the size or the mental aptitude to excel in the NFL. He’s been nothing more than a career backup and a special teams player. There were more talented players that would have been better third-round picks.

2001 CB Dwight Smith – Smith helped key Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl victory over Oakland with two interceptions returned for touchdowns. He’s on his third team now – Detroit – and has become a full-time safety. Smith was a good pick in the third round.

2002 WR Marquise Walker – Walker was a complete bust, and didn’t play a down in the NFL. He spent 2002 on injured reserve and was cut the following year. One of McKay’s worst draft picks in Tampa Bay and a very damaging selection given the fact that the Bucs didn’t have first- or second-round picks that year. Credit an ill-fated recommendation from former QBs coach Stan Parrish, who coached Walker at Michigan, for the drafting of this turd of a wide receiver.

2003 QB Chris Simms – Simms has had a very up-and-down career in the NFL. While he helped lead the Bucs to an NFC South title in 2005, he has only produced a 6-9 record as a starting QB and is coming off a splenectomy. He has the potential to eventually develop into a starter or flame out of the league in the next couple of years. Not a bad selection at the end of the third round, but not a great fit for Jon Gruden’s offense, either.

2004 LB Marquis Cooper – Cooper was never anything more than a great athlete and a good special teams player. He lacked the instincts and the aggressiveness to be a successful linebacker in the NFL. This was a wasted pick, especially since the Bucs passed over Nebraska's Demorrio Williams to pick Cooper.

2005 TE Alex Smith – Aside from Dwight Smith, the selection of Alex Smith may be Tampa Bay’s best third-round pick since 2000. Smith has become the Bucs’ starting tight end and he has the potential to become a 500-yard per season producer for Tampa Bay. He may never be a Pro Bowler, but he can be a solid starter for years to come.

2005 OT Chris Colmer – Easily one of the worst picks in Tampa Bay’s history. Colmer wasn’t a great college offensive lineman, but was given a glowing recommendation by Joe Barry’s father, who was the N.C. State O-line coach at the time. Colmer had a nerve disease called Parsonage Turner Syndrome that sidelined him in college and came back in 2006 to end his NFL career. Why in the world would the Bucs risk a third-round pick on this guy? Stupid pick.

2006 WR Maurice Stovall – Stovall is still an intriguing prospect even though he has yet to make a splash as a wide receiver with just 17 catches for 188 yards (11.1 avg.) and one touchdown over his first two NFL seasons. Stovall has excelled on special teams and the Bucs are looking for him to translate that success to offense this year, which may be a make-or-break season for the 6-foot-5 wideout. The jury is still out on this pick.

2007 LB Quincy Black – Like Stovall, it’s too early to judge whether the selection of Black will pan out or not. Black performed well on special teams as a rookie and flashed some glimpses of his talent in limited action on defense last year.

Given the fact that Tampa Bay traded away two first-round picks in 2000, gave up a second-rounder in 2001 in the Kenyatta Walker trade, and then relinquished two firsts and two seconds for Gruden over the span from 2002-04, it’s a wonder that the Bucs won division titles in 2005 and 2007 given the times this franchise has missed on premium, third-round picks.

But it would be in Hickey’s best interest if Stovall and Black pan out and if the Bucs don’t whiff on this year’s third-rounder, too.

FAB 3. Expect the draft stocks of Cal wide receiver DeSean Jackson and Michigan wide receiver Mario Manningham to slip in the weeks leading up to the draft. You may have read my critical remarks about Jackson in a recent SR’s Fab, and I’ve gone on the record as saying I’m not a huge fan of Manningham’s, either.

*CORRECTION: was contacted by Jackson's agent, Adam Van Rees, regarding an allegation that we reported from the site that said that his client was suspended from a game earlier this year due to alleged marijuana use. What really happened was that Jackson injured his thigh during the game against Washington (Nov. 7) and sat out during the Cal-Stanford game on Dec. 1 because of a thigh contusion. According to the agent, the reports of Jackson getting caught using marijuana are "completely false and can be corroborated by the sports information department at Cal." retracts that portion of the SR's Fab 5 column.

If any allegations of some of the buzz I have heard from NFL scouts who think the kid’s cocky, me-first personality is a turnoff, I wouldn’t consider Jackson a first-round pick. Due to Jackson’s slight build, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden might not, either.

“I mean the guy at Cal is 169 pounds,” Gruden said last week at the NFL Owners Meeting. “Is he going to be big enough? He’s certainly fast as hell. He’d be a hell of a returner.”

Jackson, who is barely 5-foot-10, actually weighed 167 pounds at his pro day. That’s two pounds less than he did at the NFL Scouting Combine. Yet in Sunday’s Tampa Tribune, it is said that Jackson has “very good size.”

Huh? Either that’s a typo or someone needs to do their homework.

Are the Bucs in the position where they can afford the luxury of drafting a punt returner in the first round? Jackson is about 12 pounds smaller than Jacquez Green was and is about 30 pounds lighter than Joey Galloway.

Jackson is still the popular pick for the Bucs in most mock drafts, but if I’m Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and director of college scouting Dennis Hickey I would pass on him in the first round, especially with the character problems that are being whispered about.

I’m not exactly sure what type of questionable off-field trouble Manningham has been involved in, according to John Murphy of Yahoo! Sports, but whatever it was, it allegedly prompted his agent to send out a damage-control letter to all 32 NFL teams on Manningham’s behalf.

I think Manningham is a third-round prospect along the likes of Virginia Tech’s Eddie Royal, and if these allegations of questionable off-field behavior are true, the Bucs should definitely avoid him in the second round.

FAB 4. As our long-time Pewter Insider-Pewter Report subscribers know, we do our own draft research and don’t rely on draft Web sites and draft publications for our draft study like other members of the media do. We watch and tape hundreds of games each year from August through April and that is what allows us to more often than not accurately identify the pool of players the Buccaneers are interested in.

Over the past three years Pewter Report has correctly forecasted players who were drafted by the Buccaneers, such as defensive end Gaines Adams (2007), Quincy Black (2007), wide receiver Maurice Stovall (2006), tight end T.J. Williams (2006), quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (2006) and middle linebacker Barrett Ruud (2005) in our annual Bucs’ Best Bets, and safety Sabby Piscitelli (2007) and cornerback Alan Zemitias (2006) in our mock drafts.

No, the Bucs don’t target a specific player for the first round or any round. What they do target is a pool of players. Most teams outside the top 10 overall picks, including Tampa Bay, do not know who they are drafting, and likely won’t know until the week of the draft after consensus is built between the scouts and coaches after reviewing the tape.

“It goes back to the evaluation,” Hickey said. “Everyone wants to get excited about pro days and workouts a month before the draft, but most of the work has already been done. Mock drafts are fun, but you can’t lose sight of watching film to evaluate the player correctly. When you line that up, that gives you your pool of players for the most part within that grade. There may be a position that is stronger than others and that may affect that pool, but it still goes back to the tape and how the player produced.

“Within that pool, we have two weeks of draft meetings prior to the draft and that is where you discuss the guys in the pool with the coaches and talk through the process and hash it out. It’s a collaborative effort. We all want to be on the same page and you don’t want to rush to judgment on the day of the draft. We try to get all of that out prior to the draft so it becomes very simple.”

So as I’m trying to identify these players at various positions who comprise Tampa Bay’s first-round pool, I was watching some Houston games with wide receiver Donnie Avery and discovered an intriguing prospect for 2009. That’s exactly how NFL scouts prepare for the next year. They are watching the seniors or the juniors that have declared for the NFL Draft on tape and all of a sudden, a sophomore or junior just starts flashing talent.

As I went back and watched my Houston tapes, I couldn’t help but notice junior defensive end Phillip Hunt. This guy was dominating the trenches against SMU and Rice, in which he combined to have 14 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

I like how Hunt was in the backfield all day against the Mustangs and Owls disrupting plays, but I didn’t like how he wasn’t much of a pursuit guy. He does a good job when the play is in front of him, but he needs to hustle to the football all the time. That’s the Buc way. I think it could be coached into him, because he’s a high-motor player against the run and the pass. He just needs to be a high-motor player away from the ball.

Despite putting up 10.5 sacks in 2007 after recording eight as a sophomore in 2006, I don’t think Hunt will make it to the first round due to his size. He’s listed at 6-foot-2, 250 pounds, but don’t think Joey Porter. His body type reminds me more of a player that looks like Greg Spires or Greg White.

Based on the junior and sophomore tape I’ve watched, I think he’s a mid-round prospect in the third- or fourth-round range. If he continues to clean up his game, get up to 260 pounds and get to the quarterback and put up numbers, he may make a push for the second round.

In addition to his Conference USA-leading 10.5 sacks last year, Hunt had 55 tackles and 18 tackles for loss, totaling 106 yards. He also had 10 pass breakups, which was the second-most on the team, six QB hurries, two forced fumbles and one interception.

In 2006, Hunt recorded 58 tackles with 12 tackles for loss, eight sacks, eight hurries, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Seeing limited time as a freshman in 2005, Hunt produced 23 tackles with five tackles for loss, six hurries, three pass breakups, two sacks and forced a fumble.

Before you start chuckling at Hunt racking up big numbers against Conference USA schools, I’ll note that he has recorded sacks against schools from BCS conferences such as Kansas, Oregon and South Carolina.

Any defensive end with 20.5 sacks and 35 tackles for loss entering his senior season is going to get noticed by NFL scouts. Truth be told, I would not have noticed Hunt until the 2009 draft publications had come out unless I had done my own independent draft research by watching film. But that’s what we do at Pewter Report and that’s what separates us from the rest of the media.

Keep an eye on number 53 for the Cougars in 2008.

FAB 5. Here are a few things to hold you over until the next SR’s Fab 5 column.

• Don’t think Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen can’t get anything for quarterback Chris Simms in a trade? Don’t bet against Bruce. This is the guy that traded disgruntled wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson to Dallas for Joey Galloway, who has gone on to become arguably the best receiver in Buccaneers history. Most G.M.s around the league would have just cut their losses with Johnson and released him when almost every team in the NFL knew that Tampa Bay would be waiving him. Allen also fleeced the Indianapolis Colts for a second-round pick last year for underachieving defensive tackle Anthony McFarland. Although the Jake Plummer experiment failed when Plummer decided to retire in 2007, Allen is in the process of attempting to recover $7 million in bonus money from Plummer. Not bad a deal for a seventh-round pick that the Bucs typically waste anyway. If a trade involving Simms doesn’t happen around draft day, look for one to take place in August or early September prior to the start of the season.

• Right now, I think the Bucs will take a wide receiver in the first round. Take a look at the roster. Joey Galloway will be 37 this year. Ike Hilliard turned 32 on Saturday. Michael Clayton is hoping to avoid injury while trying to catch just his second touchdown pass since 2004. Maurice Stovall has yet to emerge as a viable weapon on offense and will likely miss offseason workouts while he recovers from his broken arm. Tampa Bay needs a wide receiver with speed and playmaking ability and with Jon Gruden watching Monte Kiffin have all the fun last year with the Bucs drafting a defensive player in every round, I’m guessing that Gruden is thinking it’s his turn to get some toys on draft day. Remember in 2004 when the Bucs drafted Clayton? Tampa Bay did so with Joe Jurevicius, Keenan McCardell and Galloway aleady on the roster. There are a lot of good cornerbacks in this draft that can play in Monte Kiffin’s system, but there are only a handful of receivers with blazing 4.3 speed who can stretch the field vertically, including Houston’s Donnie Avery, Florida’s Andre Caldwell, Cal’s DeSean Jackson, Virginia Tech’s Eddie Royal and Appalachian State’s Dexter Jackson.

• As revealed the day he was signed, Eugene Wilson will play cornerback in Tampa Bay instead of safety, which is the position he played at New England. Wilson was a top-flight cornerback at the University of Illinois and that’s where the Bucs need him this year. But Wilson did prove he could play safety while with the Patriots, and the fact that he may be versatile enough to be the long-term solution at either corner or safety if he gets a contract extension in Tampa Bay. Behind the scenes, some within the Bucs organization absolutely trashed Jermaine Phillips to That type of talk led Tampa Bay to draft two safeties last year – Sabby Piscitelli and Tanard Jackson. To Phillips’ credit, he had a career year with 120 tackles, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and one sack. But Phillips is in a contract year and if Piscitelli plays well, the Bucs may let Philips go in free agency – especially if Tampa Bay drafts a cornerback this year. That may mean that Wilson, if re-signed, could move back to safety and compete with Piscitelli in 2009 depending on how the cornerback position progresses in 2008.

• I am interested to see how former Florida tight end Ben Troupe will fare in Tampa Bay’s tight end-friendly offense. Troupe has gotten the Buccaneers fan base excited because he is a pass-catching tight end along the lines of Alex Smith. But I’m waiting to see either Smith or Troupe become a real threat over the middle who can work the seam and stretch the field vertically. Smith had catches of 43 yards against BYU, 67 yards against Arizona State and 71 yards against UCLA as a senior at Stanford in 2004. Yet in three years in the NFL, Smith’s longest gain is only 33 yards, which happened last year. As for Troupe, don’t expect a lot of gains over 30 yards. In fact, his longest gain in the NFL was a 35-yard catch in 2006. His longest reception at Florida was only 40 yards. Sheesh. Remember old, slow-footed Ken Dilger, who played in Tampa Bay from 2002-04? He catches of 40 yards (2002), 48 yards (2003) and 45 yards (2004) during his tenure with the Buccaneers. If an old man like Dilger can motor downfield for 40-yard gains, young guns like Smith and Troupe can do far better.

• To anyone who doesn't believe that salary cap hell exists anymore in the age where the cap keeps going up about $7 million per year, I give you the Washington Redskins, who just signed their first free agent on Friday, April 4, a full 36 days after the start of free agency due to salary cap issues. Expect similar behavior from San Francisco in about two years.

• Pewter Report has hired a new Bucs beat writer. We received close to 100 resumes for the writer position, which was ultimately filled by Charlie Campbell. I’m really excited to work with Charlie, who starts this week, despite already authoring Pewter Report’s 3-round NFL mock draft. No, Bucs fans, I didn’t publish that thought-provoking mock draft. It was Charlie, and I think he did a fine job with it. One of the reasons why we believe Charlie will be a great addition to our team is because he is a subscriber aside from being a professional writer with a journalism degree and a strong assortment of stories under his belt. I subscribed to Buccaneer Magazine (the former name of Pewter Report) 14 years ago, as did Jim Flynn nine years ago. As former subscribers, Jim and I believe we have a good idea of what our readers want to read about. Charlie has a very good working knowledge of the Buccaneers and will bring the same type of approach to Pewter Report. We feel that not only is he capable of covering the day-to-day happenings at One Buccaneer Place, but that he will also be able to break stories and uncover inside information on his own once he works his way into the inner circle with coaches, players and front office personnel as the season rolls on. Welcome aboard, Charlie.

• If you haven’t taken part in’s Pewter Petition yet, please do so today. We’re approaching 1,000 Bucs fans that have participated in less than one month in our project to let the Buccaneers know that there is a real interest from the Tampa Bay fan base in seeing a Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium. But given the amount of traffic we have on our website on a daily basis (between 10,000-18,000 Bucs fans), we haven’t scratched the surface yet. If you have already participated, please do your part to help our efforts by e-mailing other Bucs fans or posting this link – – on other message boards and encouraging other Tampa Bay fans to participate. If each one of you who are reading this SR’s Fab 5 gets five more Bucs fans involved in the Pewter Petition it increases the significance of this cause. As the saying goes, there is strength in numbers.

• The 88-page Pewter Report 2008 Bucs Draft Preview (April issue) was finished at the end of last week and will be mailed mid-week to our subscribers. I’m going on vacation on Wednesday after my hosting of the Pewter Report Tuesday Night Chat (at 9:00 p.m. ET) and will be gone for a week. I may have time to squeeze in one more SR’s Fab 5 before the draft, but I can’t promise you anything at this time. I rely on information from my sources to compile these SR’s Fab 5 columns, and as the draft approaches, the sources will become less available to me and less giving of inside scoop. Stay tuned.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for 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 sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: