SR’s Fab 5 is a collection of inside scoop, analysis and insight from yours truly, Pewter Report publisher and Bucs beat writer Scott Reynolds. Here are a few things that caught my attention this week at One Buc Place:
FAB 1. Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik has presided over three losing seasons out of the four years he has been in charge of running the team. A 3-13 record in 2009 was followed by a surprise 10-6 campaign that was actually built on smoke and mirrors with four fourth quarter, come-from-behind wins against lesser teams like Cleveland, Cincinnati, Arizona and St. Louis when realistically evaluating that season.
A disappointing 4-12 season followed in 2011 and resulted in the firing of head coach Raheem Morris, who was promoted to be the team’s head coach on January 17, 2009, which was the same day Dominik was promoted from the director of pro personnel position to general manager. Dominik hand-picked Morris’ successor, Greg Schiano, and a promising 6-4 start in 2012 turned into a slightly disappointing 7-9 record. It was a three-win improvement over the 2011 season, but the Bucs were poised to make a playoff run with just six games remaining.
With a 24-40 record in four seasons, and plenty of blunders along the way, including overpaying for the likes of wide receiver Michael Clayton, running back Derrick Ward and cornerback Eric Wright, some Bucs fans want Dominik fired. Maybe those fans are still bitter over Dominik cutting some Tampa Bay legends like linebacker Derrick Brooks, running back Warrick Dunn and wide receiver Joey Galloway. Or maybe those fans are sick and tired of the Bucs losing, noting that the team hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2007 and hasn’t won a playoff game since winning Super Bowl XXXVII to culminate the 2002 season.
The reality is that Dominik shouldn’t be fired. He shouldn’t even have to even ride out his existing contract. Dominik deserved to have his contract extended right now. I’m advocating that the Glazers lock him up for the next four years through 2017, which is the same year Schiano’s contract is up.
What Dominik has done in transforming the Buccaneers from pretenders to contenders over the past two years is staggering when you think about it. It takes two things to win in the NFL – talent and coaching.
The primary job of every general manager in the NFL is to acquire talent. While he had some personnel stumbles with Clayton, Ward and Wright, every general manager in the league has their share of gaffes. But Dominik’s hits have far outweighed his misses.
Here is a review some of Dominik’s best personnel acquisitions:
2009 – QB Josh FreemanDominik’s first-ever draft pick in 2009, Freeman is perhaps more favorably viewed outside of Tampa Bay than by Buccaneers fans, who are frustrated by his inconsistency. Yet Freeman, who is in a contract year, has all the tools to develop into an elite, franchise quarterback and Dominik wants to extend his contract in 2014 if he has a great year in 2013. He made strides last year by becoming the first Bucs QB to throw for over 4,000 yards and Freeman threw for a record 27 touchdowns.
2009 – K Connor BarthAcquired by Dominik as a street free agent in 2009, Barth has become arguably the best kicker in franchise history. Not only did Barth develop in Tampa Bay, Dominik kept him in red and pewter by wisely and effectively using the franchise tag on his prior to doing a long-term contract extension with the North Carolina product.
2010 – DT Gerald McCoyMcCoy, who was Tampa Bay’s first-round pick in 2010 and the third overall pick that year, became a Pro Bowl player last season and had a career-high five sacks. McCoy has become a force in the middle of the Bucs defense and one of the team’s most outspoken leaders.
2010 – WR Mike WilliamsDominik grabbed one of the best mid-round picks in Bucs history with Williams in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He’s had two seasons that were a few yards shy of 1,000 yards, and has 193 catches for 2,731 yards and 23 touchdowns in three years, including a franchise-record 11 TD receptions in 2010 as a rookie.
2010 – LT Donald PennPenn was signed off Minnesota’s practice squad in 2006 by former general manager Bruce Allen at Dominik’s urging, and then was re-signed by Dominik to avoid a holdout in the summer of 2010. The Bucs general manager signed Penn to a very fair deal that included weight clause incentives for the left tackle to meet (or not meet) in an effort to improve Penn’s on-field performance.
2011 – DE Adrian ClaybornThe team’s first-round pick in 2011, Clayborn was one of the most productive rookies in the NFL that year. He led the Bucs with 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles, and also brought a physical, intimidating presence to Tampa Bay’s defensive line. Although he suffered a knee injury in Week 3 that caused him to miss the rest of the 2012 campaign, Clayborn is expected to be 100 percent by training camp.
2011 – DE Da’Quan BowersBowers, who was once viewed as the potential first overall draft pick in 2011, was acquired in the second round after Dominik took a chance on the talented Clemson pass rusher. Bowers was coming off off-season knee surgery, which caused his stock to drop, but the knee hasn’t presented a problem at all. Bowers has 4.5 sacks in two seasons as a reserve, but big things are expected of him as he becomes a first-year starter in 2013.
2011 – P Michael KoenenDominik raised eyebrows by signing the former Atlanta punter to a six-year deal worth $19.5 million. But the move turned out to be a stroke of genius as the Bucs have not had a kickoff or punt returned for a touchdown since acquiring Koenen. Not only has Koenen been a great punter, his kickoff prowess has enabled Barth to focus strictly on field goals and he has become one of the NFL’s elite kickers as a result.
2012 – WR Vincent JacksonDominik was able to land arguably the best free agent on the market in Jackson, a Pro Bowl wide receiver, and signing him to a five-year deal, $55.5 million deal. Jackson returned the favor by living up to the contract and earning a Pro Bowl berth as a Buccaneer after catching 72 passes for 1,384 yards and eight touchdowns.
2012 – LG Carl NicksAlong with Jackson, Nicks was a major get for Dominik in free agency a year ago. A two-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro, Nicks was playing at a very high level for the first half of the season before a toe injury prompted the team to put him on injured reserve. Having available cap room is one thing, but it took some real recruiting by Dominik to lure a Pro Bowler to a team coming off a 4-12 season.
2012 – SS Mark BarronBarron didn’t make a huge splash as a rookie starter last year with 88 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble, but big things lie ahead for Tampa Bay’s first-round pick from a year ago. With a year’s worth of experience under his belt and playing alongside Pro Bowlers in Goldson and Revis, Barron should live up to his vast potential in 2013.
2012 – RB Doug MartinMartin had a sensational year in 2012, rushing for 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns in what was the best rookie year by a Buccaneer running back. Throw in 49 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown and Martin was nearly a 2,000-yard man last year and made the Pro Bowl.
2012 – LB Lavonte DavidDespite having Pro Bowlers in McCoy, Jackson and Martin last year, David was Pewter Report’s pick for the Bucs 2012 MVP. David led the Bucs with 139 tackles and 19 tackles for loss last year, in addition to two sacks and an interception. He had a better rookie season than Derrick Brooks and has Pro Bowl potential.
2012 – FS Dashon GoldsonDominik struck quickly in free agency and landed a two-time Pro Bowler that will help shore up Tampa Bay’s secondary.
Goldson is a leader and a perfect role model for Barron to learn from. He’s a ballhawk against the pass and a striker against the run.
2012 – CB Darrelle Revis Dominik was able to orchestrate a blockbuster trade to acquire the NFL’s best cornerback in Revis, a four-time Pro Bowler. After only surrendering a first-round pick in 2013 and a likely third-rounder in 2014 to get Revis, Dominik looked like a genius. Then after signing Revis to a six-year, $96-million deal that contains no guaranteed money, which heavily safeguards the Bucs, Dominik’s genius status was verified.
That’s 15 exceptional players. In fact, Dominik notes the Bucs have eight Pro Bowl-caliber players in Tampa Bay in Nicks, Joseph, Penn, Martin, Jackson, McCoy, Revis and Goldson that have actually gone to Hawaii to represent either the NFC or the AFC. There are other two Pro Bowl-caliber players that the Bucs have in Dominik’s mind – Freeman and David. That would make a total of 10.
Dominik has had a hand in either drafting those 10, signing them or re-signing those Pro Bowl-caliber players so they stay in Tampa Bay. His primary job is to acquire talent, and Dominik has done just that.
And let’s not forget that Dominik hired Schiano, who has a very high favorability rating among the players, fans and the media. Schiano improved the Bucs’ record by three wins in 2012 and a playoff berth is expected in 2013.
Dominik has done exactly what the Glazers wanted, which was to lay the foundation for the team with good drafting and saving precious salary cap space so that the team could add unique talent when it became available to help take the Bucs to the next level. When the likes of Jackson, Nicks and Revis became available, Dominik was able to land them because of the excess cap room that was created by years of not foolishly wasting money in free agency.
Dominik has also become a forward-thinker when it comes to doing contracts, and favors high paragraph five base salaries in favor of a year or two of guaranteed money and no signing bonus money. Signing bonus money is prorated over the life of the deal and accelerates in the form of dead salary cap money when a player leaves the team with years left on his deal.
As a result of Dominik’s style when it comes to negotiating player contracts, the Bucs might have the fewest amount of dead salary cap space of any team in the league at just around $1 million. Dominik is becoming quite the trailblazer when it comes to structuring contracts that way and other teams are beginning to follow his lead, including St. Louis.
Some might want the Bucs to wait on Dominik and not think about re-signing him until after the 2013 season. But he should be rewarded for his good work in restocking the roster with talent. Dominik has done his job. Now it’s up to Schiano to win with the players he has acquired.
FAB 2. Now that the Buccaneers have acquired Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis, expect legendary defensive back Ronde Barber to return to Tampa Bay for one more year. A source close to Barber told PewterReport.com that while he felt fine physically after the 2012 season and that his body is ready for one more year of NFL football, he wanted to sit back and see what types of players the Bucs acquired this offseason.
Barber has grown tired of losing and Tampa Bay has posted just one winning record in the past four seasons. Barber and the Bucs haven’t played in a playoff game since 2007, and haven’t tasted victory in the postseason since the team won its first and only Super Bowl title in 2002.
While Barber likes the young talent in defensive backs room and has spent time imparting wisdom and helping to groom all of the Bucs’ young cornerbacks and safeties in some form or fashion. But for a prideful, 38-year old player that wants to taste a playoff victory one more time before he ends his illustrious NFL career the thought of him lining up next to Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer and Anthony Gaitor again wasn’t overly appealing.
Barber knows that those players aren’t ready for prime time just yet, and that the Bucs wouldn’t be legitimate playoff contenders without upgrading the talent in the secondary. Acquiring Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis in a trade with New York and signing two-time Pro Bowl free safety Dashon Goldson makes all the difference in the world, and instantly upgrades Tampa Bay’s secondary. That’s what Barber wanted to see.
“I’ve only seen him when we’ve played him, but he’s a heck of a football player,” Barber said of Goldson during an interview with J.P. Peterson of TampaBaySportsCentral.com. “You don’t make the type of impact he had on that secondary in San Fran by chance. He’s a Pro Bowler, and he deserved to be this year. He’s a big signing. We’ve been active, and I think that’s a big thing.
“For years [everybody says] we haven’t been. The NFL is a fickle thing and there is a reason why we have such room under our [salary] cap. We’ve managed it and tried to grow the team the way we’ve done it in the past, and that’s through the draft with young players and build from the bottom up. But I think everybody is going to embrace going out and getting some premier players. The area deserves that. It’s been a while since we’ve had a winner.”
Even before the Buccaneers’ blockbuster trade, Barber admitted that he liked the idea of lining up next to the player called “Revis Island.”
“Revis would fit in any scheme,” Barber said. “When you have superior athletes they fit no matter where you put them. He would be a great guy to play with. I played with some really good corners all the way back to Donnie Abraham and Brian Kelly. I still assert that Aqib [Talib] is still one of the most athletically gifted football players that I’ve ever been around. But the things that Revis does on film – I’ve actually never seen him play in person – not a lot of guys can do. Maybe a handful.”
So where would Barber fit into Tampa Bay’s secondary? The Bucs have two starting cornerbacks in Revis and Eric Wright, who recently restructured his contract, and is on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million. Tampa Bay has two stud safeties in Goldson and Mark Barron, last year’s first-round pick.
Barber made a career playing in the slot as the team’s nickel cornerback on third downs and obvious passing downs, and he would likely resume that role. Even though he led the team with four interceptions while playing free safety in 2012, Barber played in an astonishingly high 99 percent of the snaps at age 37.
In fact, Tampa Bay’s all-time leading interceptor missed only seven plays on defense the entire season. An older Barber would likely be even more effective playing strictly in nickel and dime situations, which would probably shave off 20 snaps or so that he would have normally played in per game.
While Barber is the ultimate competitor, the idea of keeping his legs and body fresher throughout the course of the season and playing around 70 percent of the snaps as opposed to 99 percent has to be appealing to the 38-year old. That, coupled with the addition of Revis and Goldson will likely have Barber re-signing with the Bucs for one last hurrah after the draft.
FAB 3. Although PewterReport.com has already committed to its Bucs’ Best Bets and its final mock draft here are two additional names to keep an eye on. The first is Georgia defensive end Cornelius Washington, who is an athletic freak.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder played out of position last year as a 3-4 defensive end, posting just 15 tackles, three tackles for loss, half a sack and a blocked kick. He was more productive as a 4-3 defensive end before Georgia’s defense switched schemes.
Washington had four sacks as a redshirt freshman, in addition to 11 tackles and five tackles for loss. His production dipped as a sophomore, he had 21 tackles, three tackles for loss and half a sack. During his junior season, W
ashington posted better numbers with 14 tackles, six tackles for loss and a career-high five sacks before the Bulldogs switched from a 4-3 to a 3-4.
With spotty production and just 10.5 sacks in his career, what is Washington’s appeal?
He had a good week in Mobile, Ala. at the Senior Bowl and put up some ridiculously athletic numbers at the NFL Scouting Combine. Washington finished in the top three in four categories for linebackers, as some NFL teams view him as a 3-4 outside linebacker role due to his size and athleticism.
He had 36 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, which ranked first. Washington ran a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash, which ranked second. His 39-inch vertical jump ranked second, and his 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump ranked third.
“He was under the radar in terms of being an explosive athlete,” NFL.com draft analyst Bucky Brooks said. “This forces more teams to go back and do some more work on him to see what kind of player he can be at the next level.”
Brooks said that Washington may have gotten lost in Georgia’s star-studded defense, which features two first-round-caliber linebackers in Alec Ogletree and Jarvis Jones – not to mention defensive tackles Jonathan Jenkins and Kwame Geathers, cornerback Sanders Commings and safeties Bacardi Rambo and Shawn Williams, who will all get drafted this year.
“Based on the way Georgia plays, they had a lot of stars on that side of the ball,” said Brooks. “When you look at the tape, sometimes he gets lost in the wash.”
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock really likes Washington’s athleticism and upside and discussed him in a pre-draft conference call with the media.
“I think the Washington guy is one of the most intriguing players in the draft,” Mayock said. “He played a little out of position at Georgia, and went to the Senior Bowl and really blew it up. He had a good Senior Bowl week. He jumps 39 inches. He’s physically gifted. However, he’s not a linebacker. I was at the Georgia pro day, and there is no way in the world he can ever drop in coverage. That’s not who he is.
“So for me, he’s a 4-3 defensive end. He’s a situational pass rusher. He’s explosive off the edge, and I think he’s going to go somewhere between late two and mid three. I like the kid maybe better than a lot of people, but my vision of him is a singular one. I want him on the edge, and I want him rushing the quarterback. I think he’s so explosive and talented in that area, he can be destructive.”
The Bucs made Washington one of their 30 pre-draft visitors in April and spent some time with him at One Buccaneer Place trying to figure out why the Bulldog with the amazing measurables wasn’t more productive. If they like the answers they hear from Washington he could be one of the team’s fourth-round picks. Click here for some of Washington’s highlights.
The other player that the Bucs could target could be a slot receiver-type in West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey. While his teammate Tavon Austin, who was drafted eighth overall by St. Louis, was the better athlete at wide receiver for the Mountaineers, Bailey was more productive.
The 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bailey was the nation’s third-leading receiver, averaging 124.77 yards per game, and caught 114 passes for 1,622 yards and an incredible 25 touchdowns. Those aren’t Bailey’s career stats. Those are his numbers from his junior season in 2012. Bailey posted 210 receptions for 3,218 yards and 41 touchdowns in his three seasons in Morgantown.
The Miramar, Fla. native broke out as a sophomore in 2011 with 72 catches for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had seven 100-yard games that year and added another seven games with at least 100 yards receiving as a junior. In fact, Bailey had three games with at least 200 yards receiving in 2012.
He lit up Baylor for 13 catches for a career-high 303 yards and five touchdowns in West Virginia’s 70-63 win over Baylor. Five weeks later against Oklahoma State, Bailey, who is praised for his good hands and natural receiving ability, recorded a career-high 14 receptions for 225 yards and a touchdown. The next week against Oklahoma, Bailey had 13 catches for 205 yards and four scores in a 50-49 overtime loss.
Although he doesn’t have blazing 40-yard time, running a 4.56 at the combine and a 4.51 time at his pro day, Bailey had an 87-yard touchdown against Baylor and had a total of seven receptions of 50 yards or more in his West Virginia career. Check out Bailey’s career highlights by clicking here.
In case you are wondering, Bailey played against Bucs head coach Greg Schiano twice in college and had two catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in a 41-31 win over Rutgers in 2011, but only had two catches for 16 yards as a reserve receiver in a 35-14 victory over the Scarlet Knights.
The Bucs added Kevin Olgetree and Steve Smith to provide competition for Tiquan Underwood as the team’s slot receiver, so Tampa Bay may not even need to draft a receiver at all in 2013. But if they do, Bailey, who is very physical for his size, could be an intriguing pick in the third round.
“What I see is an instinctive, smart receiver that catches the ball; he’s a natural hands catcher,” Mayock said. “I’d be surprised if he gets out of the third round.”
FAB 4. With the Buccaneers not trading up into the end of the first round on Thursday, let’s take a look at options for Tampa Bay in the second round. First, here’s the draft order, which features 10 picks in front of the Bucs:
No. 33 JacksonvilleNo. 34 San Francisco (via Kansas City)No. 35 PhiladelphiaNo. 36 DetroitNo. 37 Cincinnati (via Oakland)No. 38 ArizonaNo. 39 New York Jets No. 40 TennesseeNo. 41 BuffaloNo. 42 Oakland (via Miami)No. 43 Tampa Bay
There could be a run on quarterbacks as West Virginia’s Geno Smith, Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib and USC’s Matt Barkley are still available. Jacksonville, Philadelphia, Arizona and the New York Jets could be in play for the signal callers, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Nassib gets drafted by the Bills at No. 41 – despite Buffalo taking E.J. Manuel in the first round because head coach Doug Marrone coached Nassib in college. Hey, the Redskins drafted two quarterbacks last year in Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, so don’t rule it out.
If those three quarterbacks could be drafted ahead of Tampa Bay it would ideal because it would shrink the number of teams ahead of the Bucs that could draft one of the players that general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Greg Schiano covet.
Here are some players that the Bucs could be targeting in Round 2, which will begin today at 6:30 p.m. ET:
Stanford TE Zach Ertz I don’t think Ertz will get by San Francisco, whose head coach John Harbaugh recruited him to Stanford. The 49ers need a tight end to replace Delanie Walker, but the Bucs could use an upgrade at the position, too. Etrz had 112 catches for 1,434 yards and 15 TDs for the Cardinal, including a team-leading 69 catches for 898 yards and six scores as a senior in 2012.Ertz’s Highlights
Boise State CB Jamar TaylorTaylor is a physical, playmaking cornerback with 132 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 18 pass breakups, seven interceptions for 154 yards and one touchdown, six forced fumbles and four sacks in his career. Taylor is adept at press-man coverage and is also a very good blitzer, although he didn’t really show up at the Senior Bowl. Taylor’s skill set would a good fit in Schiano’s defense.Taylor’s Highlights (Profanity warning)
UConn CB Blidi Wreh-WilsonWreh-Wilson is a long, physical cornerback that can play press-man coverage and excel in Schiano’s defense. He recorded 180 tackles, three tackles for loss, 27 pass breakups, eight interceptions, including two for touchdowns and a fumble recovery in his UConn career. Wreh-Wilson has the skill set to challenge for playing time as a rookie in Tampa Bay.Wreh-Wilson’s Highlights
Purdue DT Kawann ShortShort was ultra-productive at Purdue with 186 tackles, 49 tackles for loss, 19.5 sacks, 15 pass breakups, eight blocked kicks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. While he can be inconsistent at times, the classic three-technique tackle had a great Senior Bowl and would be an ideal complement to Gerald McCoy in Tampa Bay.Short’s Highlights
Mississippi State CB Johnthan BanksThe Bucs love Banks’ ballhawking ability and his 6-foot-2, 185-pound frame. He picked off 16 passes for 320 yards and three scores at Mississippi State, in addition to breaking up 26 passes, forcing five fumbles and registering 121 tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. There are some concerns about Banks’ deep speed as he only clocked in the 4.5 range in the 40-yard dash.Banks’ Highlights
SMU DE Margus HuntThe 6-foot-8, 277-pound Hunt is a freakish athlete that runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash and is still developing as a football player. The native of Estonia recorded 16.5 sacks in college, including eight as a senior, in addition to 112 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, six pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception. The Bucs could use Hunt as a wave pass rusher behind Da’Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, and also on special teams where he set an NCAA record for blocked kicks with 17.Hunt’s Highlights (Profanity warning)
If you want some Round 2 surprises by the Buccaneers, how about these players?
Kansas State MLB Arthur BrownWhile the Bucs are happy with Mason Foster in the middle, Brown might be too good to pass up. Brown has some of the same traits that Lavonte David has and was an All-American middle linebacker with 201 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, three sacks and three interceptions, including one for a TD. Two of his interceptions came against Geno Smith and RGIII, whom he also sacked.Brown’s Highlights
Wisconsin RB Montee BallThe Bucs brought him in for a pre-draft visit and he played at Wisconsin with offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Ball is one of the most versatile and productive backs in the draft with 924 carries for 5,140 yards with 77 rushing touchdowns and 59 catches for 598 yards and six scores. Ball set the college football record for the most touchdowns in a career. The Bucs need another running back to team with Doug Martin, and Ball can help carry the load.Ball’s Highlights (Profanity warning)
Alabama RB Eddie LacyIf Lacy, a junior entry, continues to fall, the Bucs may have to take him if he’s the best player available. The powerful Lacy bulldozed for 2,402 yards and 30 touchdowns in his Alabama career, including a team-high 1,322 yards and 17 scores last year. He also has good hands and caught 22 passes for 189 yards and two TDs last year, and has 35 receptions for 338 yards in his time with the Crimson Tide. Lacy is a team player, and shared the load with T.J. Yeldon, who also topped 1,000 yards last year.Lacy’s Highlights
FAB 5. Here are a few things to hold you over until the next edition of SR’s Fab 5:
• Keep an eye on Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan in the third or fourth round. Aside from playing for Bucs head coach Greg Schiano, he also developed a strong ally while training out in Arizona for the draft. Ryan’s training partner out West is none other than new Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was rehabbing his knee.
“That was the greatest thing I ever decided to do to go out there,” Ryan said when discussing his time with Revis in an interview with SNYRutgers.com’s Matt Sugam. “I wanted to follow in his footsteps in the sense of going out to meet him, go through what he went through.
“You know you hear a lot about a guy. You hear a lot about the great ones and what they do, but to really see what he does with rehabbing his knee and everything that’s going on with him and the way he works every day – a lot of pro guys train there and I’m not going to say any names, but a lot of guys come in two or three times a week, he’s there’s five to seven times a week and to me it’s obvious why he’s great and that’s what I learned first hand.”
If Ryan made the same impression on Revis that the Pro Bowler made on him, there could be another advocate at One Buc Place for the Rutgers cornerback. The fact that the same agents for Revis and Bucs Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson represent Ryan doesn’t hurt his chances of landing in Tampa Bay, either.
• In case you are not a Pewter Insider subscriber – and my hope is that you will become one for just $10 per year – and can’t access the positional draft previews in Pewter Report’s 2013 Buccaneers Draft Preview digital magazine, here are the remaining Bucs’ Best Bets (minus the analysis and reasoning) that are left on the draft board:
Bucs’ Best Bet QB Early (Rounds 1-3) – N.C. State’s Mike GlennonBucs’ Best Bet QB Late (Rounds 4-7) – Tennessee’s Tyler Bray
Bucs’ Best Bet RB Early (Rounds 1-3) – Wisconsin’s Montee BallBucs’ Best Bet RB Late (Rounds 4-7) – Texas A&M’s Christine Michael
Bucs’ Best Bet WR Early (Rounds 1-3) – Baylor’s Terrance WilliamsBucs’ Best Bet WR Late (Rounds 4-7) – Rutgers’ Mark Harrison
Bucs’ Best Bet TE Early (Rounds 1-3) – San Diego State’s Gavin EscobarBucs’ Best Bet TE Late (Rounds 4-7) – Rutgers’ D.C. Jefferson
Bucs’ Best Bet OL Early (Rounds 1-3) – Alabama’s D.J. Fluker (drafted by San Diego)Bucs’ Best Bet OL Late (Rounds 4-7) – Virginia Tech’s Vinston Painter
Bucs’ Best Bet DT Early (Rounds 1-3) – Purdue’s Kawann ShortBucs’ Best Bet DT Late (Rounds 4-7) – LSU’s Bennie Logan
Bucs’ Best Bet DE Early (Rounds 1-3) – SMU’s Margus HuntBucs’ Best Bet DE Late (Rounds 4-7) – Princeton’s Mike Catapano
Bucs’ Best Bet LB Early (Rounds 1-3) – Rutgers’ Khaseem GreeneBucs’ Best Bet LB Late (Rounds 4-7) – Howard’s Keith Pough
Bucs’ Best Bet CB Early (Rounds 1-3) – UConn’s Blidi Wreh-WilsonBucs’ Best Bet CB Late (Rounds 4-7) – Rutgers’ Logan Ryan
Bucs’ Best Bet S Early (Rounds 1-3) – Georgia Southern’s J.J. WilcoxBucs’ Best Bet S Late (Rounds 4-7) – Nevada’s Duke Williams
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• I wanted to let our PewterReport.com visitors know that the Courtside Grille in Tampa has changed its name to The Grill At Westchase. The Grill At Westchase is still located at 13234 Race Track Road in Tampa, and was the site of the official Pewter Report Get2gether in February with Ahmad Black, and is also the site of Friday’s Pewter Report Draft Party with Josh Freeman, which begins at 5:30 p.m. (reservations were required for this event and it is now full).
Sue Giegle and her ownership group have an exciting vision for The Grill At Westchase in creating the “next generation sports bar” with an exciting new menu that is unlike any other you’ll find at a typical sports bar. If you are coming tonight we encourage you to order off the menu after you dine on some free appetizers. You won’t be disappointed.
The Grill At Westchase will also hold the next official Pewter Report Get2gether in August, which will be our training camp party and will feature an appearance by general manager Mark Dominik. Stay tuned for more details later this summer.
• Finally, if you’re looking for something to do on Sunday after the draft, head out to the Keel & Curley Winery Blueberry Festival, which is free and begins on Saturday, April 27 and runs through Sunday, April 28. The Blueberry Festival is held in Plant City, Fla. at the Keel & Curley Winery and you pick blueberries while they last, enjoy live entertainment, food and craft vendors and pick up some delicious Keel & Curley wine, which is my favorite. I’ll be out there with my family, and I hope to see you. For more info on the Blueberry Festival, click here.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd 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 enjoys 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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