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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: sr@pewterreport.com

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    the more I think about this, the more i like it…Shaq Thompson in the second round makes sense. he can play LB and Safety in the pros. we need help in both positions and more importantly on three receiver sets we wouldn’t have to switch out a LB for a nickel corner. If memory serves me correct, Urlacher and Brooks were both safeties at one point in college that converted to LB’s. He would be a versatile addition for us. Now the bigger question is, would you take him over a TJ Clemmings, Donavan Smith or Eric Fischer? I would take Ogbuehi (first round talent) in a heart beat, but maybe not the others and definitely not over fischer (zone blocking OT). Personally Marpet or tomlinson in the third makes sense for me (Guard>Tackle if Winston is QB, because Inside pressure is what hurt him the most this past year, weak tackle play can be offset with 3-5 set drops and quick outs and slants as outside pass rush takes 3-5 seconds to develop) with Thompson (if available in the second, which I have been seeing him available in other mocks) I think you get a multi-demensional player which Lovie would adore. I don’t see lovie finding much success in the past drafting OL’s early while in Chicago, so my gut feels this way. I guess in my evaluation of thompson, the question remains: is he is big enough to cover slot receivers? Anyways, my two cents…
    Oh, in the past I was critical of S reynolds plastering a campaign for K state players…I still believe he does, but after some more research on Lockett, I really like him. I think he’s going to be a special player in the NFL…I just don’t think we will be able to get him…

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      Well I had to get my two cents in before the draft starts on Thursday. I like that suggestion on what Tampa may do about another safety chosen for the bucs. I agree with the pick what the writer mention. Now I think Tampa will select the correct pick in each of the rounds. Remember the Manning and Leaf decision back a few years. What If Mariota was another Leaf and Winston was the next Manning! Go Bucs. I think the Bucs will get it right! WHY NOT everybody elas has why not the bucs!

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    Mcdougald seems to have lots potential. I always liked Tandy and he has nose for the ball. Conte and Wright are exactly what Pewter Report said. Stop gap players that give some depth and may even play average with good pass rush and other pieces functioning properly around them in this defense. Don’t see any upgrades unless we pick early like 2nd or third RD. I would address O line and DE early before entertaining drafting second round safety. Rookie QB and worst O line in league last year isn’t going to be fixed by picking up someone off waivers.

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    My unsolicited opinion is that we are SO devoid of talent we should play to the draft’s strengths. DL & OL. W/ the 1st overall pick though, we are taking need & ticket sales. I Will support #5. I cringe @ the idea of getting Lovie’s kid a guy w/ a 2nd or 3rd or 4th. I love the player that is a SS that can also show LB ability. I would welcome a hybrid 4/3 guy. But I hear this is a horrible DB draft. We just need talent. I get that. But DE is a Huge weakness. Until I see otherwise, I think it’s next years 1st round pick; yet AGAIN.

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    The new NFL rules most definitely changed the role of the Safety and past Coaching Staff was way behind what was already happening. I would spend a third round pick on another CB before another Safety as 5 DB’s become the norm. Our lack of a good defensive front rush still screams HELP! We really got neither in free agency no matter how the spin might be. We got rid of some high paying Safeties and Defensive Ends and didn’t get much to cpmpensate for those past mistakes, but a hope and a prayer. Most of us acknowledge we need a QB and another OT and probably another OG too. I know this is not what most of us want to read, but somehow this GM and Head Coach has got to draft 3-4 starting winners and that’s a tough thing to do in one draft. I hope we can pull it off.

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    We SHOULD have an excellent draft since the first round pick has been a lock for some time.There will certainly be a selection of great players in the second round- do we draft the best player available(serious first round talent who slipped for some reason)/best player at position of greatest need( OL)/ or highest valued player at any of the positions of need( OL/DE/SS /etc)?are we drafting with hopes of winning now or are we drafting to build a franchise and a dynasty?this draft can go many ways- just depends on the architects who have drawn up the plan…

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    I do support our present staff and coaches and I hope we start winning consistently. I’m just saying that we all have to be reasonable in our expectations and not for head shopping because we do have good coaching; not like Schiano and Morris years. It might take a little longer than just two years; that’s all I’m saying.

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    I can’t see taking a safety early with the disaster we have on the OL. Maybe late.

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    Safeties are typically not drafted early…..except by the Bucs (Mark Barron). But, like virtually every other position, it is somewhat of a need. Especially when our pass rush is suspect. Until Brees, Newton and Ryan are in a panic worried about our deep safeties making them pay, it’s a need. No OC is game-planning for our group.

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    If we even THINK of taking a S in the draft I hope it is Holliman. Seems to be a good all around safety by all different evaluators. Also a GREAT ballhawk!! We need some good ball skills at our FS position, and he can learn from our 2 old stop-gap vets that are experienced in our system. He and McDougled would be a great pair in the secondary. Also, he is a FS and that is what we need, SS would be a luxury that we can not afford to waste a pick on yet.

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    I agree with Horse and Scubog. Also, I think we can comfortably draft “best available” in every round. We have that many needs. Safety is just not that premier a position. Also, this draft lacks elite talent at S. Let’s see who’s available at the top of the second – i think enough teams will drop the ball (we can always count on the Browns, Raiders, etc. to muck things up) that a few elite talents will plummet for no good reason.

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