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Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds solutions your questions from the @PewterReport Twitter account every week within the Bucs Monday Mailbag Submit your query to the Bucs Monday Mailbag every week by way of Twitter utilizing the hashtag #PRMailbag. Listed below are the questions we selected to reply for this week’s version.
QUESTION: Who’re your high 5 prospects for the Bucs at No. 27? Are there any potential shock prospects nobody is speaking about for the Bucs? Resembling buying and selling up for somebody, a possible attain or somebody taking pictures up the board?
ANSWER: High 5 prospects for Tampa Bay’s first-round? Hmmm. Good query. Based mostly on the outcomes of the NFL Scouting Mix I’ll throw out some names of some Bucs suits that may truly be there at No. 27. I’d like to see Arkansas huge receiver Treylon Burks in Tampa Bay, however I believe he’ll be gone earlier than No. 27 regardless of a pedestrian 4.55 time within the 40. He performs sooner than he timed.
However I believe a large receiver might be Tampa Bay’s first-round choose. North Dakota State’s Christian Watson might be an actual possibility at No. 27. He may match the shock prospect and the “taking pictures up the board” prospect you’re asking about, too. Watson ran a 4.36 at 6-foot-4, 208 kilos and is likely one of the most elite receiver prospects so far as athletic testing goes. He additionally averaged 20.5 yards per catch, which ought to catch Bruce Arians’ eye.
Both Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson or Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced might be an possibility if the Bucs are in search of a starting-caliber guard. If defensive deal with is a necessity, then Georgia’s Devonte Wyatt or UConn’s Travis Jones might be choices. Wyatt could be drafted earlier than No. 27 as there are solely actually three good defensive tackles on this weak draft class. If Tampa Bay desires one, Jones received’t be there when group picks within the second spherical at No. 61. The Bucs might need to draft Jones on the finish of the primary spherical if they will’t commerce down a number of spots.
QUESTION: If the draft occurred earlier than free company, what would the checklist of priorities appear like with the Bucs first-round choose?
ANSWER: Robust query as a result of there are such a lot of holes that may and can be stuffed in free company first. When it comes to positional worth defensive deal with, guard and huge receiver appear to stay out to me. I’m unsure if Ndamukong Suh goes to return to Tampa Bay. Steve McLendon is only a backup, however he won’t be again, both. The Bucs want some star energy subsequent to Vita Vea within the beginning lineup.
The guess is that Will Gholston returns to Tampa Bay, however the group will want some extra defensive tackles. The truth that the draft could be very skinny at defensive deal with might power the Bucs to make use of their first-round choose to get one earlier than they’re gone.
Tampa Bay might have two large holes at guard if Alex Cappa isn’t re-signed. Or high reserve Aaron Stinnie for that matter. Professional Bowler Ali Marpet retired, so even when Cappa and Stinnie are re-signed, don’t rule out the Bucs drafting a guard. Particularly if Stinnie is signed to a one-year, prove-it deal. As I discussed beforehand, Boston Faculty’s Zion Johnson and Texas A&M’s Kenyon Inexperienced are first-round caliber guards.
I’m assuming Chris Godwin returns – both with a long-term deal or the franchise tag once more. However the Bucs will nonetheless have to interchange Antonio Brown. They don’t have a No. 3 receiver able to beginning reverse Godwin and Mike Evans. The draft is flush with nice huge receiver expertise and the Bucs might snag one at No. 27.
Arkansas’ Treylon Burks and North Dakota State’s Christian Watson are two large receiver choices. Burks could be passed by No. 27. Ohio State’s Chris Olave could be a good match if he’s nonetheless on the board, and Penn State’s Jahan Dotson could be a fall-back possibility.
QUESTION: Are the Bucs actually seeking to tag Chris Godwin once more? Looks as if a poor allocation of assets primarily based on receiver contracts the final couple of years. Does this point out a probable Carlton Davis III extension?
ANSWER: There was an ESPN report on Sunday that indicated that the Bucs have been about 90 p.c certain to make use of the franchise tag on receiver Chris Godwin once more. The Bucs can’t afford to lose Godwin, however he performed on the tag final yr. It’s sort of ridiculous that the group and Godwin’s brokers have but to come back to an settlement on a multi-year cope with a full yr to barter it.
Utilizing the franchise tag on Godwin is a poor allocation of assets as his franchise tag quantity this yr could be $19,179,600. That’s too excessive as Godwin’s market worth is believed to be round $16 million. It’s uncertain that Godwin would play on the franchise tag this yr because the group and his agent will ultimately come to phrases on a long-term deal.
As of Monday morning, the Bucs weren’t near a long-term cope with both Godwin or cornerback Carlton Davis III. The group would most likely favor to make use of the franchise tag on Davis as a result of they know they wish to re-sign Godwin to a long-term deal. With Davis, what’s his market worth? It’s lower than the $17.287 million franchise tag quantity for him. However the Bucs would like to have him on a one-year deal to really gauge his worth.
Davis has missed not less than two video games resulting from damage in every of his 4 seasons in Tampa Bay. He missed seven video games final yr with a quad damage. And he had a pair of one-interception years sandwiched round a four-interception season in 2020. Having another season to essentially consider Davis’ capability to remain wholesome and make performs could be useful to the Bucs. The franchise tag deadline is Tuesday, March 8 at 4:00 p.m. ET. We’ll see which participant Tampa Bay will apply it to.
QUESTION: If Chris Godwin will get tagged, what are the possibilities that he truly performs the yr on the franchise tag?
ANSWER: If the Bucs use the franchise tag on Chris Godwin once more this yr they may solely do it to purchase extra time to barter a long-term deal. Tampa Bay actually can’t afford to hold Godwin at $19,179,600 all year long. He’ll merely eat up an excessive amount of treasured cap area.
The Bucs will wish to attain a long-term deal lengthy earlier than the summer time deadline to barter extensions with franchise gamers. Final yr’s deadline was July 15. The earlier the Bucs can come to phrases with Godwin, the higher for his or her cap.
Tampa Bay’s vice chairman of soccer administration Mike Greenberg, the group’s capologist, might nonetheless pay Godwin a mean of over $16 million. However he might enormously decrease Godwin’s 2022 cap hit within the course of, which might assist the Bucs signal or re-sign different gamers.
QUESTION: With regard to cornerbacks within the draft, do the Bucs have a measurement/size threshold? Or is that only a coincidence? All three cornerbacks – Carlton Davis III, Sean Murphy-Bunting, and Jamel Dean – are over 6-foot with over 31-inch arms. Is it a tough threshold or extra of a choice?
ANSWER: It’s actually a choice for the Bucs, who like tall cornerbacks with lengthy arms. However it’s virtually develop into a threshold for the group. Practically each cornerback met these marks final yr with simply two shut exceptions.
Ross Cockrell is 6-foot and has 29.875-inch arms. One might say Tampa Bay basically rounded as much as its 30-inch arm choice. It’s the identical factor with Dee Delaney. He’s 5-11 1/2, so he’s near 6-foot. However Delaney has 30.5-inch arms, so he suits their mildew in that capability.
The Bucs modified their mindset concerning the cornerback place after drafting Vernon Hargreaves III within the first spherical in 2016. Hargreaves is 5-foot-10 and was continuously “big-boyed” by taller receivers. Since 2020, the Bucs have solely been fascinated with taller cornerbacks with lengthy arms.
Some cornerbacks to keep watch over on this yr’s draft embody Florida’s Kair Elam (6-1.5, 30.875), UTSA’s Tariq Woolen (6-4, 33.6-inch arms), Sam Houston State’s Zyon McCollum (6-2, 30.75) and Florida A&M’s Markquese Bell (6-2, 32.375). These are prospects that can doubtless be accessible to Tampa Bay within the second spherical. Except the Bucs in some way lose Carlton Davis III in free company, they doubtless received’t deal with cornerback within the first spherical.