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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at mark@pewterreport.com

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    I wonder how the Falcons, Saints, Panthers rated our draft? Let me play devils advocate; and this is in no way how I really feel. The Bucs draft a small CB; yum yum, we’re going to score a lot of TD’s on his side. Next the Bucs go after a small quick DE which we had no problem last season stopping, you would think they’d try something else. They needed a kicker bad enough they drafted him in the 2nd round; who does that? The rest aren’t worth evaluating. Grade D.

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    Yeah I would say that is pretty close. But our first two picks are golden. they may not be big guys, but they were super productive. I think this will end up being a pretty good draft if McCoy stays healthy. If he goes down early, we are going to get hurt. I am excited now about the Fullback and the other cornerback.

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    I cant wait to see Sweezy and Marpet render Rankins mute. Vernon Butler is another story. We are going to have to try to find a way to block him.

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      I think Sweezy/Marpet and Rankins will neutralize each other in the run game but Rankins holds the advantage when rushing the passer. Sweezy is a poor pass protector and the jury is still out on Marpet.

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    Sounds about right on the rivals grades. All experts have our draft rated on high end B, and low end C-. I’m around C+ overall. Hard to say really until they hit the field. Panthers draft was odd but still the team to beat in our division. Pass protection from O line isn’t great but they don’t car because they were able to run the ball at will with Cam and a RB in there. Their biggest problem was losing Norman and they likely got at least one starting CB out of 3. Will be an interesting year.

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    The biggest part of the development of the Bucs in this upcoming season is not really going to be about this year’s draft anyways. It’s about the continued development of Winston. I’m psyched to see how much he improves after his first football offseason. This is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to next year’s win total.

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      100% Truth! Winston’s development and chemistry with the offense will determine far more than this draft in 2016.

      Our biggest improvement on defense is the removal of Lovie…followed by the addition of Mike Smith. We got a few extra pieces this draft but their effect shouldn’t be fully felt until 2017

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    The sole reason the Bucs are getting C-minus grades from anywhere is because they drafted a kicker with what should really be considered a third round choice.
    Most of these pundits don’t realize how important the kicking game is going to be this year and also forget about the kicker until he misses a PAT or field goal.
    This shows about as much foresight as locking the gate after the horse gets out.
    Hopefully as Winston matures and he gets more seasoned and experienced in the opponents territory, we won’t even need a kicker.
    Of course this would be great but unrealistic.
    Let’s just remember the Raiders, when they were being run by a lucid Al David, drafted two kickers in the first round.
    Ray Guy and Sebastian Janikowski.
    No one is making fun of or digging those picks anymore.

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    I understand the need to be a bit sensationalistic, but maybe we should keep the comparisons to Aaaron Donald (Shelton Rankins) and LaVonte David (Deion Jones) in reserve until these dudes have played at least 1 snap in the NotForLong League?

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    Grading Drafts is just silly when the grader doesn’t know the answers. Giving them any sort of credibility even more ludicrous. We talk about drafting the best players then assign a grade based on filling a teams’ perceived need or our own bias.

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