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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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    Winston could be a great QB at the next level, but behind the current offensive line, it would be really tough. Why don’t the Bucs trade down? Here are two trade scenarios: Scenario 1. Trade down one spot and take Mariota. No way Tennessee passes on Winston. You get an extra 2nd based on the trade value chart. Stick with Mariotta and get him an offensive line in round 2(two picks) and round 3(one pick). Scenario 2: Would the Eagles trade Foles and McCoy, two 1’s and two 2’s for the top overall pick and Mariota? I bet it is a good possibility. Tampa would have to take Mariota and then make the deal. Tampa could land a top tackle at #20, a top guard at #34, a top MLB at #53, and a OL/DL depth in the 3rd and 4th round. I DO like Winston. I just don’t know if the risk is worth the huge reward trading out would give the Bucs.

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      Too much pressure on Tampa not to take a QB. As for your trade senerios. I’m not sure the Bucs would even want Foles. I know I wouldn’t, and would have to take on an extremely bloated contract of Lesean Mccoy on top of the other 4 running back we have. Us getting rid of Mccown pretty much guarantees we take a QB at one. Which by the way the contract he got from the Browns, dear god it’s no wonder that organization is in shambles.

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        Cgmaster-Lol McCown has improved his con skills over his illustrious career. Its ok though. Guarantee you the Brown’s are picking first next yr if their qbs are the m&m brothers

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      No. Absolutely not. No trading. We can get quality ol just fine where we sit with our picks and to be honest, there are some good young ol in fa that are far and away better than Collins so trading down just can’t happen. For our franchise and fan base…we need a franchise qb and it’s starting to look like Winston is the guy. I love mariota but if Winston is legit off the field from here on out, he is the one we need to draft without question. I’ve been very pro mariota, but after thE combine, Winston and how he dominated it in its totality, I have to say I came away extremely impressed. All it Is for me at this point is his off field issues which is completely on the bucs organization now. They need to spend every day determining if Winston is just an immature kid that will grow out of it or does he have major character flaws that won’t change regardless of How old he gets…we will see.

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        Buclover1988-When you say Winston dominated the combine, do you mean that he went 16 for 16 on his passes? His 40 time was not very good. I like Winston, but Mariota may give the Bucs a better chance to win behind a bad offensive line. He was a lot faster, more athletic, and completed 15 of 16 passes. Also a dominant performance. Does he have the way with words that Winston has? Maybe not. But is that really important? If the Bucs draft new players for the line and/or bring in free agents, it doesn’t guarantee anything. Tony Dungy, Bill Polian, Adam Schein, Pat Kirwin, and Jon Gruden all see Marcus Mariota as a better prospect. I respect those guys opinions (especially Dungy and Polian) more than any others.

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      No. We gotta stop being scared. That’s y we suck. Were scared of taking chances.

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    I love the idea of trade scenario #2. Foles would start and Glennon would back him up. RB’s would be McCoy, Martin, and Sims. The Bucs could use the first 3 picks to shore up a bad O line. Foles has played lights out both times he visited Tampa.

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      Tampa doesn’t really have interest in Foles from what I have been told

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        Oh well. Thanks for the inside scoop Mark. It feels like a no lose situation for the Bucs. Mariota, Winston, or getting multiple first, second, and third round picks for a trade down works for me. Go Bucs!

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    Not drafting Winston would be the beginning of the end of Lovie and Licht’s NFL careers.

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      …and finishing 2-14 while striking out on immediately named starting FA’s like McCown at QB, LT Collins, DE Johnson, TE Meyers, CB Jenkins, and PK Murray wasn’t the “beginning of the end?” What happens when Winston gets paid and does something immature, which is almost guaranteed. It’s too important to miss on.

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    And what has generated all that Buzz? Pushing the Controversial Pick down everyones throats to generate sight Traffic. I’ve been watching this game for over 30 years. Every year the hype gets pumped up. Last years media hype pushed Johnny Manziel into a surefire top 5 selection. Many outlets including Pewter Report, ComishOnline and the network talking triplets all hyped up Manziel and dragged Teddy Bridgewater through the mud. We all see how well that information has turned out.

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      We never hyped of Maziel at all.

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    We should sign Winston just before the draft with a no baseball clause or move on. He’s not a good reliever; at best minor league talent, but an agent is and will use it against us.

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    Each Day as we get hear of different rumors. The ownership does has a view of who they want. Lets just pick which QB will fit Tampa Bay sistutation and stay with that pick. NO#2 get veterans around him who wants to win today not 3 yrs from now and #3. Pick thru the draft the positions they want to get. Right now we have 8 draft picks. go Bucs

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