FAB 5. SR’s Buc Shots
• Bucs fans have become all too familiar with looking at mock drafts in October rather than the offseason due to the team’s poor starts over the past decade. This year is no exception. With the college football season still underway, here are some notable mock drafts around the Internet and who the Bucs will be selecting.
Luke Easterling’s Draftwire.com site for USA Today has a recent three-round mock draft up, and it’s a good one. Easterling has North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb going to Tampa Bay with the ninth overall pick, followed by San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny in the second round and Stanford cornerback Quinton Meeks in the third round.
BleacherReport.com has the Bucs selecting Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry at No. 12 in its most recent mock draft, while CBSSports.com has Tampa Bay bolstering its secondary with Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick at No. 8.
Former PewterReport.com Bucs beat writer Charlie Campbell has a two-round mock draft up at WalterFootball.com where he has Tampa Bay selecting Chubb with the sixth overall pick in his mock draft and grabbing Texas offensive tackle Connor Williams in the second round. Walter Cherepinsky, the founder of WalterFootball.com, has the Bucs drafting Chubb in the first round in his mock draft and then selecting his cousin, Georgia running back Nick Chubb, in the second round. I would definitely applaud that draft as I’m quite fond of both Chubbs.
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• It’s sad that so much attention has been paid to former Bucs legend Simeon Rice, who is willing to come out of retirement at age 43 to help Tampa Bay’s pass rush. The Bucs have seven sacks in six games and are only on pace to reach 18 sacks this season, which would be a franchise record for the fewest amount of sacks in team history.
If you are Robert Ayers, Will Gholston, Ryan Russell or Will Clarke that has to be embarrassing that a 43-year old former player who hasn’t suited up in 10 years is offering to come back to do a job that you aren’t doing well enough. Maybe Rice’s plea to the organization will light a fire and produce better results from the defensive end position in Tampa Bay.
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• It’s a shame that the Buccaneers don’t run a 3-4 defense because there are more and more undersized pass rushers that are coming out of college these days. Players like Oklahoma’s Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, who is 6-foot, 240 pounds, plays defensive end for the Sooners, but will have to transition to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme at the next level. Okoronkwo has six sacks this year and is the same size as Ball State defensive end Anthony Winbush, who is tied for the NCAA lead with 10 sacks.
One of the undersized pass rushers that the Bucs may have to look into just based on is production is Ole Miss defensive end Marquis Haynes, who is 6-foot-2, 227 pounds, which is about 10 pounds lighter than Tampa Bay defensive end Noah Spence. Haynes is an electric blitzer and has produced 158 tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 30 sacks, 11 forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and an interception in his Rebels career.
The senior outside linebacker has recorded at least nine tackles for loss, seven sacks, three forced fumbles, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery in each of his first three years at Ole Miss. He’s on pace to do that again in 2017 with 7.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and two forced fumbles on the year.
Oh, if this kid only had about 20 more pounds on him.
• The Bucs have a big, big, big home game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday and the Pewter Report staff just recorded a new Pewter Nation Podcast that previews this Sunday’s NFC South clash. Get the insight and analysis on the Bucs from PewterReport.com’s Mark Cook, Trevor Sikkema and yours truly in our latest audio recording. Here is a link to the latest Pewter Nation Podcast – Episode 39: Panthers Preview Pod
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• One of the things we’ve beaten like a drum here at PewterReport.com on our Pewter Nation Podcasts, our radio appearances on 620 WDAE and in a previous SR’s Fab 5 column and this past week’s 2-Point Conversion column is how soft the Bucs training camp was this year. It was the softest I could remember in my 24 years on the Bucs’ beat in terms of not having any live tackling periods or live goal line drills, and I think it’s negatively affecting Tampa Bay’s ability to run block, stop the run, rush the passer and tackle.
Meanwhile in Jacksonville, the Jaguars defense went through a very physical training camp and cornerback A.J. Bouye told ProFootballTalk.com that made a difference in the team’s play this year. The 4-2 Jaguars have the most sacks in the league with 33.
“This camp was definitely tougher,” Bouye said. “A lot of conditioning, a lot of physical drills, especially with the pads on. … It kind of banged us up, but it got us ready for the season.”
Let’s hope that the Bucs training camp is tougher and more physical next year. Thankfully it won’t be televised on Hard Knocks.