2017 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers at 19 and 31 Others

Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks to the media during the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Ok, James Yarcho and I discussed this pick a bit in the preview episode of our new podcast: Walking the Plank.

If the Buccaneers are going to move on Dalvin Cook out of Florida State they’re going to either have to make a deal with the Colts, or move ahead of them with Arizona.

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If not, this is where the Seminoles’ playmaker is headed and Bucs fans will be none too pleased according to social media rumblings.

With Indianapolis essentially wasting what once presumed to be a Hall of Fame career in the making for Andrew Luck, they need to ensure he can at least have a somewhat reliable running back behind him.

Frank Gore has performed admirably, but it’s time to think young and Cook can not only run but turn himself into a legitimate receiving threat out of the backfield.

With defenders having to watch him leaking out, things should open for T.Y. Hilton and company a bit more downfield, and might even negate some of the pass rush which feasted on the Colts’ turnstile offensive line in 2016.