UPDATED APRIL 19 – 2:15 pm

• Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reports that the Bucs are one of the teams that has had Central Michigan cornerback Sean Bunting in for a pre-draft visit or private workout. Bunting is considered to be one of the best press man corners in this year’s draft and a likely second- or third-round pick.

UPDATED APRIL 19 – 1:00 pm

• It’s been a busy week at PewterReport.com with our 2019 Draft Previews + Bucs’ Best Bets articles, and there were a couple of visits that slipped by our draft radar. Tampa Bay has had a couple of cornerbacks in for Top 30 pre-draft visits before, including Kentucky cornerback Lonnie Johnson.

The Bucs also had USC defensive back Iman Marshall in for a visit according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. Marshall is projected to be a third- or fourth-round pick. First N Goal reported that Michigan cornerback David Long in for a Top 30 pre-draft visit.

Marshall is a big, physical cornerback in the mold of Tampa Bay’s Carlton Davis. He’s a four-year starter, who had six interceptions in his first two seasons, but none over the past two years. There has also a chance he could be moved to safety at the next level. Long, a junior, is a smaller, aggressive corner with plenty of experience playing press man coverage. He’s logged 12 pass breakups and three interceptions in his two seasons as a starter for the Wolverines.

UPDATED APRIL 13

• NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that the Bucs have either a Top 30 visit or a private workout with Elon College right tackle Oli Udoh. The Bucs were impressed with Udoh, who played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl in January and like his upside. Tampa Bay will certainly draft a right tackle this year as the team has already had visits or private workouts with Florida’s Jawaan Taylor, Alabama State’s Tytus Howard and Kansas State’s Dalton Risner among others.

• Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Bucs have a Top 30 visit with Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson. Tampa Bay is targeting cornerbacks that may get drafted between the second and fourth rounds. Wilson also reports that Albany QB Vinny Testaverde, Jr. attended the Bucs’ local pro day on Friday after he had a good showing at the USF pro day.

Testaverde is the son of former Bucs quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 1987. Vinny Testaverde, Jr. began his college career at Texas Tech before transferring to Miami and then to Albany where he finally emerged as a starter last year.

UPDATED APRIL 9 

• There are two more pass rushers to add to the list of defensive tackles and edge rushers that have visited One Buccaneer Place this offseason. PewterReport.com is reporting that the Bucs have had Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons in for a Top 30 visit. Simmons was once considered to be a Top 10 NFL Draft prospect before tearing his ACL on February 12 while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine.

Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons
Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons – Photo by: Getty Images

Simmons will miss the entire 2019 while he rehabs his injury, but he’s still considered to be a late first- or early second-round pick due to his talent.

• The other defensive lineman to visit One Buccaneer Place is Florida’s Jachai Polite, as reported by The Athletic’s Greg Auman. Polite was once considered to be a first-round pick, but bombed the NFL Scouting Combine drills and then not faring much better at his pro day. Polite also didn’t impress teams during his Combine interviews, and many in league circles believe he’ll slip to the second round.

Because Polite went to Florida, his visit is considered a local visit and does not count as a Top 30 visit.

UPDATED APRIL 8 – 4:45pm

• MMQB’s Albert Breer reports that the Bucs will dine with Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa on Sunday night and have him visit One Buccaneer Place on Monday, April 15. Bosa is expected to be a Top 5 in the 2019 NFL Draft, and his visit will mean that the Bucs will have met with all of the Top 5 defensive players – Bosa, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, Kentucky outside linebacker Josh Allen, LSU inside linebacker Devin White and Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver – prior to the draft.

UPDATED APRIL 8 – 12:15pm

• Rotoworld’s Josh Norris reports that Alabama State right tackle Tytus Howard is visiting One Buccaneer Place on Monday. Howard ran a 5.05 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and interviewed with the Bucs at the Combine following a good showing at the Senior Bowl.

UPDATED APRIL 8 – 8:15am

• Rotoworld’s Josh Norris reports that Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is visiting One Buccaneer Place on Monday. He’s a speedy, undersized game-breaker in the mold of DeSean Jackson. Bruce Arians had similar players in Arizona in John Brown and J.J. Nelson.

Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
Alabama DT Quinnen Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

Brown was the top target for Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Brown, who is coming off a foot injury, is one of the fastest receivers in the draft and should be available in the second round.

• ESPN’s Jordan Schultz reports that Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who is regarded as a Top 5 pick, is also visiting Tampa Bay on Monday. The Bucs have a need at three-technique defensive tackle to replace the 31-year old Gerald McCoy – either this year or next year. Tampa Bay has been trying to trade McCoy, who is  set to make $13 million this year, as the Bucs could really use some salary cap space with less than $2 million worth of cap room currently.

UPDATED APRIL 5

• NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Baylor wide receiver Jalen Hurd in for a visit. Hurd used to be a running back at Tennessee, but transferred to Baylor for his senior season. Hurd started ahead of former Volunteers running back Alvin Kamara, rushing for 899 yards and five TDs as a freshman and then 1,285 yards and 12 TDs as a sophomore.

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd
Baylor WR Jalen Hurd – Photo by: Getty Images

The 6-foot-5, 226-pound Hurd has good hands and was moved to wide receiver in his lone season with the Bears, catching 69 passes for 946 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. Hurd also rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns on 48 carries (4.4 avg.) as an occasional running back at Baylor. Hurd, who has 4.66 speed, figures to be a Day 3 selection.

UPDATED APRIL 3

• NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that the Buccaneers hosted Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver and Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence on Wednesday. Rapoport also reports that Tampa Bay hosted Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean on Tuesday. Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was at both the Houston pro day last week and the Clemson pro day two weeks ago watching Oliver and Lawrence work out.

Oliver and Lawrence will be first-round draft picks, while Dean could be drafted anywhere from the second to the fourth round.

UPDATED APRIL 2

• NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports that the Bucs hosted Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat and LSU linebacker Devin White on Monday, which had been previously reported. Wilson also reports that Mississippi State strong safety Johnathan Abram will be visiting Tampa Bay, which isn’t news PewterReport.com.

K-State RT Dalton Risner - Photo by: Getty Images
K-State RT Dalton Risner – Photo courtesy of KSU

But Wilson also notes that Oklahoma offensive tackle Cody Ford will be visiting One Buc Place, and that hasn’t been previously reported. Sweat and White are locks to be drafted in the first round, while Ford and Abram are likely late first-round or early second-rounders.

• PewterReport.com is reporting that Bucs offensive line coach Joe Gilbert flew to Kansas State to privately work out Wildcats All-American right tackle Dalton Risner, who is projected to be a late first-round or early second-round pick.

• NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reports that the Bucs will be hosting Louisiana Tech defensive end/outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who broke Terrell Suggs’ career sack record last year with 45 sacks. Ferguson, who met with the Bucs at the Senior Bowl, recorded 187 tackles and 67.5 tackles for loss for the Bulldogs. Ferguson is regarded as a potential second-round pick.

UPDATED APRIL 1

Michigan ILB Devin Bush
Michigan ILB Devin Bush – Photo courtesy of Univ. of Michigan

• ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that LSU inside linebacker Devin White and Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush have official visits planned with the Buccaneers this week. White was featured in the first two editions of PewterReport.com’s 2019 Bucs’ Mock Drafts, while PewterReport.com reported Tampa Bay’s heavy interest in Bush in a recent edition of SR’s Fab 5. White could be the Bucs’ pick at No. 5, while Bush would be in the mix in the top 15 if Tampa Bay were to trade down to acquire more draft picks.

• The Bucs were represented at the Washington Huskies pro day on Monday to watch cornerback Byron Murphy and safety Taylor Rapp. Murphy, who figures to be a mid-first-round pick, stood on his numbers from the NFL Combine and has drawn heavy interest from Tampa Bay, according to Rob Rang. Do not be surprised if Murphy is one of the team’s Top 30 pre-draft visits.

Rapp ran a pair of 40-yard dashes in the 4.7 range, which was disappointing after he didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Rapp, who is likely a second-round pick, had a one-on-one meeting with the Bucs, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com.

UPDATED MARCH 28 – 2:20 PM

• Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com reports that Memphis running back Darrell Henderson met with the Bucs at his pro day yesterday. PewterReport.com reported that Henderson had a formal interview at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, and don’t be surprised if Henderson is among the Top 30 official visits to One Buccaneer Place – although that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Henderson is a third-round pick in the latest PewterReport.com Bucs Mock Draft.

The Tigers’ other running back Tony Pollard, also had an official visit with Tampa Bay at the NFL Scouting Combine, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see him get a Top 30 visit to AdventHealth Training Center at One Buccaneer Place, either. Pollard went to the Bucs in the fifth round of PewterReport.com’s second Bucs Mock Draft, which came out in February.

Houston DT Ed Oliver
Houston DT Ed Oliver – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

• The Athletic’s Jason Butt reports that Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is at the Houston pro day to watch defensive tackle Ed Oliver work out. Bowles will also be keeping an eye on Cougars cornerback Isaiah Johnson, who is one of the fastest corners in this draft class.

• NFL Network’s Andrew Sicilliano reports that Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary has a visit lined up with the Bucs.

• Tampa Bay will be hosting two Maryland Terrapins defenders at their local workout on April 12 as PewterReport.com has learned that defensive end Byron Cowart (Armwood) and linebacker Tre Watson (Tampa Catholic) will be visiting the Bucs. Tampa Bay interviewed Watson in St. Petersburg when he was a participant in the East-West Shrine Game. Watson, who began his career at Illinois before transferring to Maryland for his senior season, is viewed as a Day 3 inside linebacker that can cover and blitz. Watson had 108 tackles, five interceptions and a sack last year.

Cowart began his career at Auburn after being ESPN’s top high school player in the nation, but he never lived up to expectations and transferred to Maryland for his senior season where he recorded 38 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions and a forced fumble. The 6-foot-3, 298-pound defensive lineman could play a five-tech defensive end or a three-tech defensive tackle in Tampa Bay’s 3-4 scheme. He’s a Day 3 pick.

The Bucs also have a Top 30 visit lined up with Maryland safety Darnell Savage, who is regarded as a second-round pick. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Savage had 52 tackles and four interceptions last year, and had eight career picks and 13 pass breakups for the Terps. Savage was one of the fastest players at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a 4.36 in the 40-yard dash. Savage is considered to be a Day 2 selection.

Utah State RB Darwin Thompson
Utah State RB Darwin Thompson – Photo by: Getty Images

• Tampa Bay also has a visit set up with Utah State running back Darwin Thompson, according to Nick Farabaugh of Stampede Blue. The 5-foot-8, 198-pound Thompson ran a 4.48 at his pro day on Wednesday, and impressed with a 39.5-inch vertical jump and 28 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Thompson, a junior entry, played just one year at Utah State where he rushed for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns while averaging 6.8 yards per carry. He also has great hands, evidenced by 23 catches for 351 yards (15.3 avg.) and two tackles. Thompson is considered to be a Day 3 pick.

• According to Zach Hicks, the Bucs met with Ohio State guard/tackle Malcolm Pridgeon after his pro day workout. The 6-foot-7, 322-pound Pridgeon was a two-year starter at guard for the Buckeyes, but played offensive tackle at JUCO. Pridgeon is a late Day 3 selection and may go undrafted.

UPDATED ON MARCH 27

• The Bucs had representatives at Wednesday’s pro day at Mississippi State to watch defensive end Montez Sweat work out and presumably talk with defensive end Jeffrey Simmons, who tore his ACL six weeks ago. Both Sweat and Simmons are Top 20 talents, although Simmons could slide out of the first round due to his injury. Sweat told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that he has an official visit with Tampa Bay this weekend.

Pelissero also reports that Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abram, a likely second-round pick, will also be visiting the Bucs soon.

• Tampa Bay Times reporter Matt Baker was at the University of Florida pro day workouts where the Bucs had several representatives, including offensive line coach Joe Gilbert, to see Gators right tackle Jawaan Taylor, who is expected to be a Top 20 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Bucs interviewed Taylor at the NFL Scouting Combine and had planned to meet with him again after his pro day workout.

Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
Florida OT Jawaan Taylor – Photo by: Getty Images

PewterReport.com had previously reported that the Bucs had also met with Florida defensive end Jachai Polite formally at the Combine, and met informally with running back Jordan Scarlett and defensive end Cece Jefferson in Indianapolis.

The Athletic’s Greg Auman reports that the Bucs will be bringing Taylor and Jefferson in for their local pre-draft visit – which does not count against the team’s official allotted 30 pre-draft visits – in addition to Florida defensive lineman Khairi Clark, Florida offensive tackle Martez Ivey, Florida guard Tyler Jordan, Florida tight end C’yontai Lewis, Florida guard Fred Johnson, Florida State defensive tackle Fredrick Jones, USF safety Jaymon Thomas, USF wide receiver Tyre McCants, USF linebacker Josh Black, USF cornerback Ronnie Hoggins, USF cornerback Mazzi Wilkins, UCF defensive end/linebacker Titus Davis, UCF safety Kyle Gibson, UCF linebacker Pat Jasinski, UCF tackle Wyatt Miller and UCF cornerback Rashard Causey.

Also according to Auman, the Bucs will be hosting several local prospects who played at schools outside of Florida on April 12, including Auburn wide receiver Ryan Davis (Lakewood), Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith (Lakewood/IMG), North Dakota State running back Bruce Anderson (Newsome), Lehigh quarterback Brad Mayes (Berkeley Prep) and Temple wide receiver Ventell Bryant (Jefferson).

PREVIOUS ENTRIES FROM MARCH 24

• Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was at the Kentucky pro day on Friday to watch outside linebacker Josh Allen, who is regarded as a Top 5 pick. Allen is Tampa Bay’s pick at No. 5 in PewterReport.com’s latest 2019 Bucs mock draft and PewterReport.com has learned that Allen, who has proclaimed himself as the best player in this year’s NFL Draft, will be visiting One Buccaneer Place over the next couple of weeks for an official visit.

It’s interesting to note that Bowles was at Kentucky’s pro day as opposed to LSU’s pro day – both occurred on Friday. There are two potential LSU Tigers that the Bucs could target in the first round in inside linebacker Devin White and cornerback Greedy Williams.

NFLDraftAnalyst.com’s Tony Pauline reports that the Buccaneers met extensively with Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary at his pro day. Pauline also reported that Bucs cornerbacks coach Kevin Ross was at the Central Michigan pro day where he watched cornerbacks Sean Bunting and Xavier Crawford work out. Bunting appears in the latest PewterReport.com 2019 Bucs mock draft as a fourth-round pick.

• Pauline also reports that Tampa Bay run game coordinator Harold Goodwin and offensive line coach Joe Gilbert were at Oklahoma scouting the Sooners pro day as they have four offensive linemen heading to the NFL. After the workout, Pauline reported that the Bucs spent extra time with Dru Samia.

• Penn State running back Miles Sanders was put through the paces by McNair, who had a private meeting with Saquon Barkley’s successor prior to his pro day, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

• Laine reports that Bucs running back Todd McNair was at Georgia’s pro day, to scout Bulldogs junior running back Elijah Holyfield and have a private meeting with him. Holyfield is expected to be a late-round draft pick or a possible undrafted free agent.

• Laine also reports that the Bucs have a private meeting set up with Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

OL Jonah Williams
Alabama OL Jonah Williams – Photo by: Getty Images

• PewterReport.com reports that Gilbert was at Alabama’s pro day to observe offensive lineman Jonah Williams in action.

• PewterReport.com has learned that Bowles was at Clemson’s pro day to check out several Tigers defenders, including first-round defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence.

• Pauline reports that Tampa Bay had an offensive line coach at Boston College to see guard Chris Lindstrom work out. Lindstrom has been previously featured in PewterReport.com’s 2019 Bucs Mock Draft, and the team met with him at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine with a formal interview, as PewterReport.com has previously reported.

Many rate Lindstrom as the best pure guard in the country. And while he has the potential to be a late first-rounder, he’s like an early second-round pick.

• According to Pauline, the Bucs were at the UMass pro day to see wide receiver Andy Isabella, who starred at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine where he ran a 4.31 in the 40-yard dash, and also met with him prior to his pro day workout. The 5-foot-9, 188-pound Isabella is similarly built to former Bucs wide receiver Adam Humphries, but his speed allows him to play outside where he can blow by slower cornerbacks.

Arians has drafted smaller, fast receivers in the past while with Arizona in John Brown and J.J. Nelson. Isabella is regarded as a potential second- or third-round pick.

• Pauline also reports that the Bucs met with junior Arizona defensive tackle P.J. Johnson, who is nearly 6-foot-4 and weighs 323 pounds, which is down 22 pounds from his playing weight. Johnson, who had three sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble, was timed at 5.09 in the 40-yard dash, which has opened some eyes. Johnson is likely a late-round draft pick or a potential undrafted free agent.

• Bucs wide receivers coach Kevin Garver was at the Toledo workout to see receivers Cody Thompson and Diontae Johnson work out, according to Pauline. Thompson met with the Bucs informally at the Combine, as PewterReport.com had previously reported.

Check back later this week to see updates regarding the players the Bucs are scouting at pro days or are inviting to One Buccaneer Place for a pre-draft visit.

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60 COMMENTS

  1. I think they owe it to themselves to meet this years QB class if only to boost the value of their own 1st pick #5.

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  2. Teams are allowed to have 30 pre-draft visits, don’t believe it would be wise to waste any of those on potential 1st round QB’s.

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  3. I like the players we’re counting and talking with.

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  4. scouting….

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  5. The fact that Todd Bowles went to kentuckys pro day instead of lsu is pretty interesting. I’m guessing that the bucs are going to pass on Devin white which I’m fine with.

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  6. The Bucs have 26 double-digit loss seasons btw.

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  7. It may also mean the team has plans to trade down and find equal value with others while getting an extra pick.

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  8. At 5, it’s if one of 3 players falls there, Bosa, Q Williams, J Allen. If none of them are available at 5, I trade down.

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  9. One player not mentioned was OT/OG Tytus Howard/Alabama State 6-5 322 5.05. Howard also has a pre-draft visit with the Bucs as reported by WalterFootball.

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  10. How could we not be looking at qb at #5? What have you seen from Winston to make you believe you want to give him 100million??

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  11. Jachai Polite could be available in the second round. He is sliding hard.

    If the Bucs have their choice between DE/OLB Polite, RG Lindstrom, CB Oruwariye, DT Simmons…who do they take? Please do not say running back! Lol.

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    • I personally like a 1st round Montez Sweat and 2nd round Mack Wilson over
      1st round Devin White and 2nd round Jachai Polite.

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  12. Sombrero, I take Lindstrom from that crew. DMAN you are awesome! You got 6 thumbs up for a one word spelling correction!

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  13. And you can scratch OT Jawaan Taylor off the list. Per Greg Auman Gators tackle Jawaan Taylor, drawing interest from many teams for private visits after his pro day today, is not committed to attend Bucs’ local workout April 12. The man’s a 1st round pick, maybe the first OT off the board. Never understood his agent letting him participate in a Bucs local visit or anybody’s local visit.

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  14. If you think buck-ass Bob is hard on the Buccaneers have you read the Tampa Bay Times ok ass Bob is not alone in his criticism of this team the article on Jameis Winston no active quarterback in the NFL has a worse percentage of completion then Jameis Winston on balls thrown over 21 yards maybe DeSean Jackson wasn’t so stupid

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  15. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign the worst quarterback available for backup as to not put any pressure on Jameis Winston every team in the NFL understands that their team is one play away from needing a backup quarterback unbelievable

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  16. Bob did you just misspell your own name while referring to yourself in the 3rd person? That right there is the icing on the cake!

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  17. I don’t have time to sit at a computer and edit my post to this site I speak into the phone and post it misspelling words doesn’t make up for the fact this team is making horrible decisions

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  18. Ed Oliver please. Todd Bowles is at Houston’s pro day.

    4.7 40 at 280-290 lbs
    faster shuttle than Djax

    He has to have the most upside of anyone in this entire draft and fits a position we need to bolster for the future. Don’t overthink this. 2 years of top 5 hype backed up by his tape and cemented by his athletic testing. If he’s there you run the card in.

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  19. Oliver has dropped due to the injury that kept him out for close to half his senior season. Sweat is dropping because of a heart condition that most doctors believe will have no effect on his career in the NFL. Both have huge upside along with risks. It’s all fine to say trade down, but you need a trading partner. Trading down two or three spots is acceptable, but if you trade further you increase the risks. Licht has been better when he doesn’t trade down. I really doubt that the Buccaneers will select the LSU linebacker. It’s going to be a defensive lineman. Bowles defensive is predicated on rushing the passer, something we’ve had little success at for years. If McCoy is going as is widely expected then Williams or Allen are highly likely if available. If not available, it’s a trade down or a bit of a reach for Sweat or Oliver either of which could end up being better than those picked in the top three or four. I’m hoping for one more quarterback to make it into the Top 4, which would set us up perfectly. As for all the talk about B-A-B, he is symbolic of the age in which we live, the age of hate. Better to ignore than validate by calling attention. It’s a free country–at least for now.

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  20. How does Todd Bowles have a job as defensive coordinator the New York Jets went from 14th defensive rated down to 25th with Todd Bowles in charge. My source from the Jets said he was clueless as a head coach and he hurt the defense with his scheme

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  21. Buc-ass-bob reminds me of Johngruden in Arizona. Remember him guys? What ever happened to him?

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  22. First off, the Jets have crazy money in FA which probably means they didn’t spend very much last year… But also, Koetter was a terrible Head Coach and is still an Offensive Coordinator… Some people are just better at being a coordinator and when they try bein a Head Coach it just doesn’t work… Doesn’t mean they can’t still be a great coordinator when that’s all they have to focus on… Which is why so many Head Coaches go back to position or Coodinator spots when HC jobs don’t work out… Not sure how difficult that is to understand?

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  23. buddah Mar. 28, 2019 at 1:26 pm
    I agree with everything you said.
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    LordCornelius Mar. 28, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    Right now I think J Allen and Q Williams are our targets. If they are gone then E Oliver, M Sweat and D White come into play based on best available and fills a need.
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    Go Bucs!!!!!!

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  24. 76Buc, I do miss me some JohnG. We had many a great battle the year that Jameis was about to get drafted. Haven’t seen him in months though.

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  25. I’m still trying to figure out how we got in such cap space problems and yet somehow feel the 2019 Team must have McCoy, Gholston, E. Smith, Spence.

    I know this isn’t popular, but I’m not sure if JPP can play in a 3-4 defense; I loved him in the 4-3 though. There’s a lot of money committed for a guy who never played in a 3-4. Anyone have a thought about this?

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  26. The man ran the 25th worst defense in the NFL last year does anybody vet this crap but me I’m sure there’s some genius defensive coordinators in college that could have come in and ran this defence a hell of a lot better. Bruce Arians just brings his buddy in take a little money to and I get negatives because I want this team to improve at every single position and every single coach. Since when did somebody run the 25th best defense in 2018 and then get rehired to run another defense. And then the pewter trolls Todd Bowles is out looking at the LSU players blind led by the lame

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  27. Here is what ESPN’s NFL writer said of Bowles in 2013: The professor is Bowles, an aggressive playcaller who neither makes nor accepts excuses. His ability to accentuate players’ strengths while minimizing their weaknesses has been central to a defense that ranks second in points allowed per game, fourth against the run and seventh in total yards.”

    Bowles’ two seasons as the defensive coordinator under Arians produced very good results. The Cardinals ranked seventh in the NFL in points allowed in 2013, improving to fifth in 2014, and also allowed the sixth-fewest yards in the league in 2013. During that two-year span, Arizona also ranked fifth in rushing defense, eighth in opponent passer rating and ninth in takeaways. At the end of that second season, Bowles was named the Associated Press NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

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  28. Plan A: Draft Allen or William’s if they fall.

    Plan B : trade down.

    Plan C : draft Ed Oliver at 5

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  29. LOL!

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  30. nybuccguy Mar. 28, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Precise and concise!
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  31. Where was the Jets defense rated in 2017 and and 18 answer bottom 5 NFL. 2013 was ages ago in NFL time.
    It’s not what he did years ago it’s what he did the last 2 years pitiful.

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  32. Football Outsiders has a great feature this week on Oliver. Here is their summary: Because the NFL loves to make the same mistakes over and over again, Oliver will probably fall in the draft for being “too small for the position.” For almost every team that passes on him, doing so will be a massive mistake. Oliver’s first step and NFL-ready savvy will make him a Sheldon Richardson-type impact right away, with the potential to develop into an All-Pro. Though Oliver will certainly get pushed down in this draft class, his level of talent is worth the first overall pick.

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  33. Football Outsiders had the NY Jets as the #1 best Special Teams in the NFL last year and #21 in overall defense. They had a rookie quarterback and ranked 29 in team offense.

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  34. Is there a reason some people can’t understand the difference between being the Head Coach and a Defensive Coordinator?

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  35. He was suppose to help Jets defence and failed

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  36. @76Buc and CGMaster: I too miss my old desert friend JonnyG. He became a big Bucs fan during the 80’s when our team was at its’ worst. He remained a Bucs fan even though he moved to Arizona when the Cardinals were actually improving. I suspect when the Cardinals became reminiscent of those 80’s and 90’s Yucks, JonnyG couldn’t help himself and started rooting for his new “home” team in spite of their troubles.

    I also miss my old nemesis BF47 and wonder where Naplesfan has gone since the season ended. If Buc Ass Bob, who should call himself Baghdad Bob, was more articulate and understood punctuation, I’d think he was the re-booted BF47.

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  37. I used to think Naples was my debate buddy, but he disappeared and all I was left with is bob. At least Naples was objective even if he didn’t agree with me. Bob, in case your wondering which you seem to be, a head coach can’t take as much time to focus on one area of a football team because they manage EVERYTHING! Look at wade phillips who was a terrible coach but amazing coordinator. And now he’s back to focusing on defense and it shows. Look at Patricia who was amazing as a d coordinator yet terrible as the lions coach. Does this actually make sense now or do I need to go to a coloring book and paint by number to makes sense to you?

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  38. Scubog, I think you may be right about JG. I don’t remember BF47. BAB would be tolorable if he would use commas, semi-colons, and eliminated run-on-sentences.
    I too wonder about Naplesfan. I think we lost several passionate fans after back-to-back 5-11 seasons.

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  39. Why does anyone want to debate with clown-ass-bob? He doesn’t like Jameis, he doesn’t like Bowles, he doesn’t like the Glazers, probably not a fan of BA, hell if his mom had on a Bucs jersey he probably wouldn’t like her. He is all negative all the time. He is sad that Djax is gone and the locker room is better for it. He’s not a Bucs fan he’s a troll. He should follow his boy Fitzpatrick to south beach and talk football with the fins fans.

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  40. I don’t think we’ve heard any news that the Bucs have interviewed Jonah Williams. Maybe I missed that, but our team could do a whole lot worse than draft Jonah Williams at #5 and I’d be upset if we’re not taking a serious look at him. Not only would he be an instant starter on the right side of our line, but the guy is technically sound and has played all across the line at a major school in Alabama. His versatility should be a huge plus when considering the question marks all over our OL… even at positions we’ve supposedly addressed (D Smith, Jensen and Dotson).

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  41. @Ron Potter The Bucs do not have Jonah Williams on their visit list and according to SR, he’s not even considered a tackle by the Bucs. The Bucs interest in Jonah appears to be little to none.

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  42. @76buc: BucFan47, who I abbreviated to BF47 because a guy that negative and pompous shouldn’t have Buc or Fan in his moniker. He lived in Tennessee, yet professed to know more about the Bucs than anyone else on the board, who he called, “casual fans”. I used to think he was a actually a Pewter Report intern posing as a troll to get more comments. I’m starting to think Buc Ass Bob might be a junior Pewter Reporter who needs to take a remedial grammar class.

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  43. Ty Johnson from Maryland ran a faster time than anyone else in the draft. The Bucs had better take a hard look at him……

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  44. Huhuhuhuhhhhh…. Jason Butt.

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  45. If the Bucs do draft a running back this year. What do you all think of Travis Homer- Miami. He might be still available in the 7th or UDFA. He could be a good value, he is solid.

    Another guy I like that I have been watching and researching is Sutton Smith. He is listed as an EDGE, he is obviously too small to play edge at the next level. He seems to be a true football player with good instincts and suddenness, could he convert to LB and be a value for the Bucs?

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  46. Ah more words of stupid, complaining and “everyone” sucks from Dumb-ass-Bob. Everything has to be explained to you like a two year old.

    First of all I read The Winston story there was more positives than negatives, but of course you cherry pick the deep ball comment and run with it. Your such an asshat it’s amazing.

    As far as Bowles goes he’s a great defensive mind period. When you interview someone for a job you look at everything not just last couple years where he was in an impossible situation. Of course that’s not what old Bob would do.

    Here is the reason Bowles failed. Good article.

    https://www.sny.tv/jets/news/todd-bowles-failures-with-jets-arent-only-about-his-losses-on-the-field/302270264#

    After starting 10-5 in 2015 all Jets had to do was win last game of season to be in playoffs in Buffalo. This is where things go south after Bobs idol Ryan Fitzpatrick melts down and throws 3 int’s. Always many reasons and never one guys fault but in this case I think old Fitz gets a good amount of blame. That’s why he’s never been anything but an inconsistent backup Bob. Get that through your thick head.
    Instead of blowing it all up and building from scratch Jets try another run with that shitty mismatched team of malcontents and they wait Fitz out at end of season and sign him to yet another year. The rest is history. Fitz was horrible and the jets locker room imploded. Players took sides in the Brandon Marshal-Sheldon Richardson fued. They started rebuilding but no new coach that’s losing gets 4-5 years and rest is history.

    Bowles will get another shit at coaching one day I bet. He had issues his first try but doubt anyone else could done much better.

    There is your football lesson for the day Bob. Not that it matters you don’t accept logic just want to bitch and cry like a little girl all the time.

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  47. Missubuc is right I should follow Fitz to Miami problem is I am born Fort Myers always wanted Bucs . When the schedule comes out I can’t imagine if the Bucs play Miami that will be a game to make comments about. Last year’s Bucs would have had a chance to beat Miami this year’s bucks aren’t going to beat anybody. Last time Bucs played Miami Fitzpatrick pull the win out for the Bucs

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  48. @horse

    Those players are not guaranteed to make the team. But they are worth to take to camp to cover for injury situations and see if they fit the new schemes in place. No point in cutting players until you have their replacements on the roster.

    Licht isn’t the first to do this as it was standard for Bruce Allen and Rich McKay to do the same thing. Dominik liked cutting players to generate cap space but never really used the cap space until Schiano was hired.

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  49. @Buc Ass Bob: Do you not realize that the schedule of the opponents came out before the season ended?

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  50. Good idea Bob go be a Miami fan. Get a Fitzpatrick Jersey That will be irrelevant when they bench him after couple games. Go on Dolphins website and bitch and cry non stop with your incoherent stupid rants about everything under the sun.

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  51. Best guess at this point is: First Round: Sweat or Oliver (unless one of the top 3 falls).
    Second Round: Offensive Tackle or Guard
    Third Round: Running Back or Cornerback
    Fourth Round: Same as Third

    Lots depends on what if anything they get for McCoy, a deal that looks to be both imminent and blotched.

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  52. BucassBob: “Last year’s Bucs would have had a chance to beat Miami”

    Last year’s Bucs did beat Miami in the preseason, Bob. If you don’t have enough confidence in the new coaching staff that they can generate an additional 3-6 wins in 2019, why are you even commenting on a Bucs fan site?

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  53. At this point, I’m thinking we’re going to be landing Q Williams, R Gary, or J Allen in the first round (whoever drops to 5). If we trade back for more draft picks, I’m thinking D Bush or Ed Oliver in the first, C Lindstrom, Z Allen, or D Risner in the 2nd, one of those 3 plus maybe M Wilson or an outside chance at Rock Ya-Sin with a second 2nd round pick for trading down in the first, D Henderson in the 3rd, another DL or OL in the 4th.

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  54. I think now that Jason and the great Bruce Arians have figured out no one’s going to take Gerald McCoy salary off their hands they’re probably going to move back to 17 18 because they have very little money to pay the draft pics.

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  55. Hopefully Licht is looking for talent available if we trade down to pick up in 2d or 3d round such as Wisconsin Guard Dieter 2d rd., or Washington OT McGary, or Washington State OT Dillard, or Texas DE Omenihu, or La. Tech DE Ferguson, and in 3d Rd. Ky. CB Lonnie Johnson 6’3” 203 (great length and jams WRs at the LOS as long as high enough wonderlic score) or Kahlen Saunders DT Western I’ll., or Ky. RB Snell, Jr., 5th Rd. WVa.FB/TE Wesco (BA needs to watch the blocking of Wesco in the South’s first TD in the Sr. Bowl where Wesco blasted a big hole for the RB to score through.). I no longer want Buffalo College’s QB after watching him throw an interception in the Sr. Bowl and has too long of a windup before he throws and is too short.

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  56. pit of misery, is right, not looking at other QB’s is bad business move, How can they justify giving Winston 100 million. Russel Wilson & Rogers type money. I would offer both teams GMC, LD, JW, & the 1st # 5 pick, hell maybe even Barber, for either Wilson or Rogers & that teams 3rd & 5th this year & a conditional 2nd or 3rd next year. just to see if they nibble, i would also meet with this years QB class, even if just smoke screen for rest of league, & to motivate Winston if possible. J. Winston knows his career so far does not match 100 million contract yet. what will he get on the open market next year, after every team goes thru his past again, he has baggage & losses. Rogers has more baggage everyday, but he is a winner & has the record to prove it. GIVE UP Next YEARS 1ST RD PICK for either QB also.

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  57. Short WRs and tall OGuards are bad choices.

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  58. Wondering- who are the top five on the Bucs draft board? If trades are made for quarterbacks, we will have more options. If Bosa is on the board, do we hesitate? What about Williams or Allen? Better yet would we take best available if Murray is still on board?

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  59. I’ve watched Bunting’s tape. He looks like a role player and future special teamer. Not sure he’s worth a 3rd or 4th round pick at this point. I’ll have to do my due diligence with the other corners they brought it and watch the tape I suppose.

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