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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Jack Boudet

    Not sure if I’m “overreacting” or not but lack of effort is a red flag. ASJ had all the talent but the effort was never there. Njoku is much more talented and athletic that athleticism only gets u so far on Sundays when everyone is an athletic freak.

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    seat26

    I think he is only 20. He hasn’t even stopped growing yet. He is only going to get better and faster.

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    toofamiliar17

    Interesting to hear on the effort stuff, especially since his film is the opposite, as far as I can tell. He’s a sub par blocker, but his effort and willingness to stick his nose in there at every opportunity are undeniable. He’s not one of those receiving first TEs who just pantomimes the motions of trying to block. And he’s really, really hard to tackle, specifically because he combines his great athletic ability with intensity and effort that makes him undeniably tenacious with the ball in his hands. I don’t think I saw him quit on a single play on film.

    I’m sure that everyone who’s considering drafting him is vetting him heavily, especially if his effort really did look lackadaisical at his pro day.

    I have mixed feelings on Njoku. His upside is undeniable, but I worry about drafting a blocking liability TE in the first round. For me, if a TE is going that high, he needs to be a dual threat. He at least has the frame to succeed in the running game, and again, he’s always willing to try, but it’s still unnerving to me.

    It’s looking more and more like we’re ultimately going to be in a tough spot in the first round, assuming we stay at 19. I think there’s a noticeable dropoff in impact playmakers that could happen just as the clock starts for us. It wouldn’t be surprising for Howard, Davis, Williams, Ross, and all of the most highly regarded safeties to be off the board when we make our selection.

    If that happens, I’m getting the impression from various outlets that one of Dalvin, Njoku, and McCaffrey will be the pick. The line could badly use a guy like Forrest Lamp, but it’s clear that the team disagrees, so, ya know, whatever, right? It is what it is. I think it’s a mistake, but it clearly isn’t changing. The team loves the line, so we’re sticking with it, apparently.

    Anyways, I honestly don’t love any of those ideas (Cook, McCaffrey, or Njoku). What makes it a bit unique is that I don’t HATE any of them either. There are reasons I’d really kinda cringe with each of them, but they’re all undoubtedly tantalizing talents that could potentially add a new dimension to our offense. Given the choice (which we probably won’t even have, since Dalvin will likely be gone too), I’m leaning Njoku right now, but I don’t feel sure at all about that.

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    jshumaker

    Of all the players that should be available when the Bucs pick, Njoku is my favorite. I like him more than Cook, McCaffery and Ross. RB’s do not have a high success rate as 1st round picks and Ross has injury concerns. Plus a TE would help the o-line a bit.

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    chetthevette

    Hopefully OJHoward is still around at 19. Then it doesn’t matter about his motor.
    GO BUCS

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    macabee

    Let me fess up and be the first to say I have no idea who the Bucs will pick at 19. The Bucs have sent no confirming signals and there is, so far, no consensus among the experts.

    But I can tell you what I do know and as usual not hesitant to offer an opinion. I know this. So far the Bucs have had/or have scheduled private visits from OJ Howard/Bama and David Njoku/Miami and worked out Michael Roberts/Toledo and Adam Shaheen/Ashland. This group covers 1st round to 5th round.

    My opinion – somewhere in this draft the Bucs are likely to pick a TE to pair with Cameron Brate. I don’t know when or where this will happen but they’ve spent an awful lot of time and money trying to convince me that it is not happening. Lol. I think this piece completes the trilogy – possession receiver (Evans), speedy downfield threat (DJax), and the addition of a pass catching, run after the catch TE.

    I’m going to sit back and let Jason Licht entertain me. Won’t be surprised or disappointed either way. The draft can’t come too soon for me. Go Bucs!

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      Naplesfan

      With you there, mac … BPA all the way, I don’t care who it is as long as he’s best player on their board. From the first round all the way to the seventh.

      Whoever we draft in first and second rounds has to be capable of starting this season. Maybe not in week 1, but certainly by mid-season. “Projects” are best left for the later rounds, which is fine. We’ve had some great projects come along and pleasantly surprise, such as Kwon, and Pamphile. But first or second rounders need to pay off this season.

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        toofamiliar17

        I think I disagree with your take on projects. Aaron Rodgers was a project. His mechanics were pretty damn bad, and he came from a very simple college offense designed to make things easy on the QB. Ezekiel Ansah was a project – an athletic freak with 4.5 career sacks in college. Mike Evans was largely viewed as a project – he basically ran two or three routes in college and was very unrefined all around, needing major work on the intricate details of his position.

        It’s okay to draft a project in the first round. There is risk of busting with everyone we could take. Gotta trust the scouting department to identify talent, and the coaching staff to put that talent in position to exceed with it.

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          Naplesfan

          I wasn’t referring to quarterbacks in my comment regarding first or second round picks needing to be able to start as rookies, since obviously we have our starter at QB already, and any QB we draft will likely be a Day 3 pick, where it’s just fine to have a project backup.

          As a rule, quarterbacks require many years of league play – in Brady’s case, his 8th season in the league – to approach anywhere near their peak performance. Four to five years of starting is the typical “development period” for QBs. Consequently all new starting quarterbacks are by definition “projects”, regardless of where they’re drafted. Jameis Winston has played well in his first two seasons, but he still has a long way to go to get to elite status.

          Whereas most other positions just two or three years of league play is sufficient to approach their peak play .. and the only way to get that game experience is by starting relatively soon. Virtuall

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      cgmaster27

      Mac, and I might be wrong, but didn’t the bucs work out Engram from Ole miss as well? I found the link on Walter footballs player tracking list.
      http://walterfootball.com/ProspectMeetings/ByProspect
      They might not have met yet and it’s just scheduled. But I’d agree with you that the Bucs are looking for a TE that can stretch the field. I personally love Engram, and you can teach him to block a bit better. But at his size to run a 4.4, that’s some serious speed, and is what Koetter asked for at the end of last season. I’m just hoping we could snag him with our late second round pick. But I get a feeling the Bucs are looking at that Toledo TE a good bit too. Just a feeling about that one.

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        macabee

        Evan Engram had a combine interview with the Bucs, but no further contact has been reported. He has a private visit with the Bears. Good guy. Will be a day one pick!

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    MudManVA

    I personally hope the BUCS GO WR in round 1 (Davis). Don’t like projects with effort/heart issues for first round picks. They have a low success rate.

    Nice deep TE draft this year, and Where was Brate drafted, that’s right.

    But in Licht I trust, GO BUCS

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Are the Bucs interested in investing in projects like Njoku? Lets face it compared to the other TE’s in this draft Njoku is a project and you are drafting his upside.

    We know Licht loves to do that (Evans, Winston) so to me it makes sense if they do draft Njoku.

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    Hank Scorpio

    Lacked effort in drills but still looked good and put up great numbers? Hmm…

    And I don’t recall effort being a concern in anything I’ve read about him. Fake news!

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      scubog

      Perhaps his athleticism just made it look easy.

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    martinii

    I like many are overwhelmed and confused over who the Buc’s will pick in the draft. I read article after article about Dalvin Cook and the Buc’s. Several analyst have him going to the Buc’s and that would be great with one minor exception. He is not going to be there at 19! Unless the Buc’s trade away their 2nd Rd pick or The Colts, Jags, and Panthers needs magically change it’s not going to happen. John Ross is another hot projection at 19 but all the speed in the world is useless when you are sitting on the bench with an injury. OJ Howard, Corey Davis, Leonard Fournette are off the board at 19. That leaves us players like Njoku and McCaffery If you prioritize a “Weapons for Jamies,” strategy. I Like them all but realize we can only have one. It is almost a no lose situation For the Buc’s. Enjoy the ride…….

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      cgmaster27

      This is a tough one indeed, and at some point , is there that inevitable QB run before us? Somebody has got to slide. I don’t want the Bucs to trade up for anyone. Heck , in a draft this deep, I don’t mind even trading back if someone they want isn’t there. But chances are , a good player is going to fall to us.

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    Buc 1976

    He would be a good pick at 19. There may be 3 QB,S taken in top 17 so to soon to tell how many players Bucs are targeting.

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      toofamiliar17

      I’ll be shocked if three QBs get taken that high. I’ll go as far as to bet that only one is taken before we pick.

      I hope I’m wrong. I think the max is two, and I’d be thrilled if that happens.

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        Buc 1976

        Teams that needs QB reach every year! Just look at Blake B #3 if I remember EJ Mannual, Johnny Manzel and so on.
        I am not saying it will happen but there are at least 4 teams. In top 17 that need a QB.

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    drdneast

    I watchef a lot of tale from last yrars game and our weakest position was LG.
    So how doed moving Marpet to center and Sweezy to LG fix this problem.
    About 15 years ago we had a pretty good guard who wss primarily a center. He also prefered playing center but the Bucs made him play pretf.
    So what happened?
    The first chance this guy got he bought a one way ticket to Charlotte and never lookef back.
    Pethaps someone should ask Marpet what the potential All pro desires before we start playing Dr. Frankenstein.

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      toofamiliar17

      Why do you assume the team hasn’t talked to him about it? That would be weird.

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      scubog

      I’m trying to remember who you are referencing. I suspect it’s the youngster we had who started out OK then declined for some reason and was released. I’m old so going back into my memory banks is a long trip.

      While you were watching the tape surely you noticed the questionable play at center too.

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    XpfcWintergreen

    Once again I must thank you, Macabee. You have added some clarity to the potential TE situation for our draft.

    I personally expect that whatever went wrong with the vetting process with ASJ has been addressed. I really loved the idea behind what they were trying to do. That is why I would love to see us draft in the early rounds, a Howard (which I have little hope of), a Njoke or someone who could give us the luxury of having two quality tight ends.
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    The general consensus seems to be “enjoy the ride”! We have a chance to come out very well no matter how this draft shakes out. We almost have to go out of way to mess up badly. Overall more fans here seem to have a stronger faith in Licht and the Buc’s brain trust than last year at about this time.

    The general consensus of our fans seems to be to obtain a running back, a wide receiver, a tight end and a safety (not necessarily in that order). Yet, there are many who continue to strongly feel that we should acquire one more high quality offensive lineman, corner back or defensive end in the early rounds. There should continue to be some raucous debate among our fans all the way up to the draft.
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    Go Bucs!!!!

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      scubog

      There’s probably even some who think we should draft a QB and try to trade Winston. Maybe even my friend Pink.

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    Buc 1976

    OJH is the Best TE I have seen in a very long time I do not see any weakness in his game!
    If the price is not steep to move up 3/4 spots to get him DO IT! He can block,run like a WR and catch the ball. Also does not have off field issues! This draft is so deep losing a 2018 2nd rd and 2017 4 or 5th rd would be WORTH IT!

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