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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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    Scott, a very insightful piece! Scouting is everything and I remember seeing a bar graph chart somewhere last year where the Bucs organization was a nightmare over the last decade compared to the rest of the teams in the NFL when it came to evaluating talent. I’m just curious though… As you have done this for a long time and I’m sure that you have had a decade of mock drafts yourself, Did you ever go back an look at how your mock decade turned out versus the Hickey gang?

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    No doubt the Bucs have improved their FO personnel and scouting departments. Their backgrounds and former experience is impressive. But this is one of those things that can only be judged by the results overtime. Change always excites us and the reason we’re having this conversation is that it doesn’t always work out for the better.

    I like this latest draft and I think we got players that have an opportunity to play right away. But I’ve been at this for a while and this drafting stuff is hard work and has a degree of luck with it as much as skill or every 1st round pick would be a glowing success. Biel knows this or Larry English who he drafted in the 1st round in San Diego wouldn’t be a Buc today.

    I’m altruistic and always think things will get better. And after the 2014 O-Line re-build fiasco, I have no choice but to believe we are better and hopefully it will soon show! Go Bucs and another good Fab5!

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    I remember telling fellow Bucs Fans about Kyle Moore from USC saying he sucks and would be a bust as I watch a lot of Pac-12 Games living out here in AZ and fans on here were syaing “we believe in the Bucs scouting dept blah, blah , blah” same thing they say every yr” I may not be hired a scout but I watch a lot of football and know when a player sucks.

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      LOL! Johnny, dude, you were blasting JW and telling us all how bad he is/ will be and now you changed your mind regarding him. I’m sure most posters here watch lots of football as well and we have all been right and wrong at times…you are no different except perhaps in your own mind.

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        I said more about JW character off the field more than what he did on the field, I am worried about his 18 int’s last yr. the guy won the Heisman and national championship so NO its obvious what he can do on the field. Pay attention next time

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        BTW ask Scubog if I said Freeman, Clayborne were horrible selections at the time.



          Johnny, really, I like your posts..they are usually at the cuff and come in many flavors. No need to justify only ,perhaps, for you to read the ENTIRE 2 sentences..all good my fellow buc fan.



            fair enough “Go Bucs”



          Yes you did JonnyG. But your assessment of Freeman looked to be totally wrong until he had a mental meltdown and your disdain for Claiborne also looked faulty until he got injured. Superior talent evaluation or luck? I usually don’t make predictions, seeking to just let them play out before thinking I know more than the folks who do this for a living. Sometimes you’re like the kid Mikey who “hates everything.” One must look in the rear view mirror of ALL of their forecasts to have credibility; not just cherrypick a few hits.



            Scu- Claiborne was never good even before the injury unless you think 7 sacks were awesome? Yes, I was wrong on Freeman for a yr or two but in the words of Dennis Green ” Freeman is who we thought he was” I also liked the selections of McCoy and Doug Martin and L David if you remember so its more than a few hits. I did like the Barron pick but I didnt want Morris Claiborne that yr which PR had a serious hard on for either. I know its hard to give credit to a guy who boasts how great he is on talent evaluation but lets face facts you know who I liked and who I didn’t so whats my over score? Pretty good actually. Oh, I also wanted Suh bad that yr but was fine with McCoy if you recall too

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    Nice read Scott. A couple of telling quotes:

    ““We’re as equally excited about our undrafted free agent class as we are our draft picks”…that shouldn’t be the case for any team.

    Biel is held up as a SanDiego success story with a hit record of 2 players per year. I think that’s about right – if we could get 2 long-term starters out of this draft it would be a success….my vote is on JW and Marpet.

    We just need to avoid the ones and zeros of the past many, many, many years…

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    Time will tell, it wasn’t long ago that every story written was about how great Dominik was and what a fantastic job he had done of turning around the poor drafting from the Gruden/Allen years … give it a couple of years and see what the results are before we celebrate, but so far so good.

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    I love how we are already claming this to be a great draft even saying Kwon Alexander looked great in mini camp, wow, really “MINICAMP” you mean the same camps Maurice Stovall, Patrick Chuckwara, Quincy Black and Dexter Jackson looked great in? Not to mention Josh McCown who was nearly perfect in his throws last yr in mini camp. Yeah, running around in shorts means nothing, lets see when the pads come on

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      Just say they all suck JonnyG. That way you can add a few more notches on your bedpost. How about predicting who you think will be good once in a while. Hmmmmmm, I’m trying to remember if there was ever a player you actually liked.

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        L David, D Martin, McCoy, Mike Evans, M Barron, Brian Price unfortunately Scur you must be seeing signs of alzheimers cause you know I’m on board with guys and who I’m not. But to evluate minicamp has always been a huge over evaluation and a joke period. Hell Vinny looked amazing in those mini camps so did Jeff Carlson, ha



          To tell you the truth JonnyG, I don’t log everything you say or write in my memory banks. heck, I don’t even remember what I said on these boards. With so few brain cells to spare after years of collecting vast wisdom, I try to avoid cluttering my brain with useless information. But out of the group you mention here, your score is 66% if you include Doug Martin on the good side. Regarding Clayborne. I’d call six sacks as a rookie acceptable. I too never wanted Morris Claiborne after his less than stellar Wonderlic score. Not that a CB has to be gifted, but he at lease has to know how to tie his own shoe.

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    Scott, I appreciate your forward looking view and excitement about our recent drafting but we Buc fans have heard all this before. I believe it is going to take at least a couple years to change the culture of fans in Tampa and rightfully so. We have been disappointed numerous times. My spending on football tickets and or gear has dropped significantly. Not because I am not a fan with no support but being a business means putting a respectable product out there. We simply have not. We stink, we are the worst NFL football team. Play in the worst (easiest) division. Bad choices is almost always the reason. Accountability has to be earned and proven. Even starting from last year, I realize this is going to take awhile to build our team especially with a new QB. I’m hoping the reason why you are propping up the drafting this year is because YOU are excited not because the Buc organization is indirectly leading you to..I’ll always bleed the colors…GO BUCS!

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      We will know after game 1 of this coming season if we are truly the worse.

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    I agree Dbuc63! Haven’t purchased a jersey since Cadillac Williams.

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      And Cadillac cost us AP. We did not draft AP because we had Cadillac, instead we got Gaines. UGH

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    I’ve really enjoyed the past 2 Fab5’s SR, thanks for the good read. So let’s say that the Bucs’ have improved their system for talent evaluation and their personnel who implement the system. The 2nd half of building a strong, deep roster is the development of the recruited talent. Very few teams have coaching staffs that are able to teach & develop raw talents quickly. And the inability to do this is a major knock on Lovie during his decade in Chicago. I agree w/ many posters here; the scouting changes sound good, but only time will tell. I also think that along with a more talented/athletic roster we need to see improvement and consistency in execution by units (OL, DB’s, DL) over seasons–plural. Wins will ease the tension, but I really want to see that gently upward sloping curve of improvement over time to believe the Bucs’ are moving out of the basement into a consistent playoff contender under this regime. Man, that sounds like a lot to ask for right now, but hopefully this time next season it won’t sound like so much. Go Bucs!

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    Scott; I would like to write a check for a donation where can I mail the check? I don’t do Facebook nor allow any type of electronic transactions out of my bank Account. Sorry, but I am old school and don’t trust electronic banking of any sorts. Please provide me a mailing address even if it is to Pewter Report mailing address and you can forward the check to the correct place.

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    I’m “old school” too Horse. Hard to keep up with the new way of doing things. Now kids just do this thing called “sexting”. I’ll stick with the old backseat of my 1967 Camaro fogging up the windows at the Gulf to Bay Drive-in. Was that you next to me?

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      Might have been me in my 66 389 Tri-Power GTO. Seems like old times! Gulf To Bay Drive-In, 25 N. Belcher, Rd, Clearwater, FL

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        What color was it macabee? Camaro was butternut yellow. Back and forth from the beach to Steak & Shake a lot. I’m sure we all crossed paths.

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      probably not as I was married by then. Now the year before maybe so.

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        I guess my ’68 Volkswagen Beetle doesn’t count huh guys?

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    How can you tell bad scouting or bad coaching?

    I know if I were in the draft room, I would have drafted Le’al Collins instead of Iosefa. Realistically, Iosefa chances of making the team are slim and even if does, he will play a very limited role. With Collins, yes he could have gotten arrested or even sit out and not sign, but if he did sign, we got a first round talent in the 7th round.

    I know PR is impressed with Licht, but he has far from proven himself after year 1. I could see this same article being written 3 years from now when the next regime is here.

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    Boring article this week. Thought we covered scouting and poor drafting last week. Buc shots section was ok. I think I am ready to take the summer off and come back when there is news to report.

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    I have to agree with many posters here. PR anointing Licht and the scouting dept a success is ridiculously premature. I for one increasingly view PR’s incessant cheerleading as disingenuous – I am getting that same ‘I need a shower’ feeling I get when I encounter a high pressure salesperson. This is the feeling that made me stop reading Buccaneers.com and come looking for a site featuring insightful, objective analysis instead of shameless homerism, which is what PR’s articles increasingly feel like. This most recent draft feels to be full of reaches and thick with players who could end up in the bust drawer two yrs from now. Last year’s draft has the risk of yielding a single player who lives up to the staff’s expectations, though I hope that’s not the case, and that’s after Lovie spent a year in his basement preparing for it. Put the Pom-Poms down, stop trying to sell us and tell it like it is.

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    I’ve coached for many years. If the adults are not unified in their philosophy, the team NEVER is. No matter what, ego must be left behind. If the adults can keep the train on the tracks this “ride” will be long and fun to watch.

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    Scott, I agree with mjmoody that the last two Fab 5s have been fabulous.I can tell there was a lot of work and research done. The same clowns above that are dissing the articles will complain later that you are not providing any researched articles. I didn’t not glean that you were “cheerleading” in the articles. What do they think the Bucs will say; That they had a lousy draft?

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    BucFan circa76

    Those of you who don’t like the “positive outlook” or “shameless homerism” (didn’t know that was a word, well it isn’t…), forget reading the articles and stick to the blogs all over the internet that were created with you in mind. I enjoy and always look forward to the insightful projective articles here by Scott and his staff of writers (who are not ALL Bucs fans). I like our draft this year but unlike most of you, I never get too up or too down on the draft each year. I focus on resigning our free agents and adding select others. Losing assistant coaches is a part of winning – we haven’t had to deal with that in forever. Remember each offseason, praying we kept the “core dudes” Kiffin, Marinelli, Raheem, etc which one by one all were gone. Defense has not been the same since. I was a Dennis Hickey fan until I read the laundry list of players he was a core factor in signing, drafting, etc. Now I wonder WTF the Dolphins were/are thinking. The Bucs like me learn from our mistakes and try and do better. The Glazers have proven to love to win, so any bad moves were not done because suddenly they love to lose….PR keep up the GREAT ARTICLES. These blogs bring me down, normally I only read the ones that make common sense, the others are either fans of other teams, or just plain miserable unlikeable beings.

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    I often wonder if we actually found several solid players from this draft, or if we’re drafting starters by default because last years team couldnt start for William and Mary.

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    I enjoyed these articles about the scouting department…information that we don’t get from the usual sources. Thanks PR.

    It seems to me that the O-line is still the most troublesome area. The good news is that the Bucs will have an actual OC Coordinator and the NFC South still looks like the least talented division in the NFL.

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