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April 28, 2012 @ 1:01 pm
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Tampa Bay Selects LB Goode In Round 5

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The Buccaneers began the final day of the 2012 NFL Draft by doubling up at linebacker with West Virginia's Najee Goode in the fifth round. Tampa Bay drafted Nebraska weakside linebacker Lavonte David in the second round on Friday.
Evidenced by the selections of defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in 2010 and defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers in 2011, Tampa Bay general manager Mark Dominik has had a trend of doubling up on positions in the draft. Dominik didn’t disappoint in 2012 by trading up in the second round to draft Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David and then selecting West Virginia Najee Goode in the fifth round with the 140th overall pick.

When asked if Goode knew if he was going to play middle linebacker or outside linebacker in Tampa Bay during a conference call with Bucs beat writers, the fifth-round pick wasn’t sure.

“I played inside and outside throughout my whole career, but going into my senior year that is what I was listed as because I started in the middle,” Goode said. “I played pretty good out there and I moved around wherever my team needed me. But yes, I am versatile I can play either position.

“I have watched the Bucs before just from being down there and playing at Raymond James Stadium against South Florida and seeing those guys play before I imagine they just want a hard-working player and a hard-working athlete and know a great linebacker. I am going to try to do my best and accomplish all those goals. You know, make plays and that’s what I plan on doing.”

Goode started 25 games at West Virginia – 15 at strongside linebacker and five each at middle linebacker and weakside linebacker. While Goode, who stands 6-foot and weighs 244 pounds, wasn’t a headline player at West Virginia like Bruce Irvin or Julian Miller, he did his part to help the Mountaineers defense.

“I noticed when we played Louisville we ran certain deals and they ran the ball away from me,” Goode told the Charleston Daily Mail. “A lot of guys ran away from me, which helped everyone else. If you run away from me, you can’t double-team Bruce. UConn ran away from me and then Bruce had two sacks as soon as he came in the game. Louisville doubled him and ran away from me, but Julian got a lot of pressure.”

Goode is a very athletic, versatile defender that started every game at either middle linebacker or outside linebacker in West Virginia’s 3-3-5 defense, racking up 87 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception. He was named to the All-Big East first team by the conference coaches. Goode finished his West Virginia career with 157 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

“A high motor,” Goode said when asked what his best attributes are. “A high motor, strong, and you know, I play with my speed. I use my speed to my advantage enough. Playing in my college defense at 3-3-5 you know I am used to hitting linemen. So I can bust the best linemen and get up off of them.”

Considered to be a sideline-to-sideline player, Goode has good speed and great short area quickness.

Goode, who played against new Bucs head coach Greg Schiano in the Big East, was limited in the offseason by a torn right pectoral that has now healed. He ran a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, but couldn’t bench press until his pro day where he lifted 225 pounds 30 times.

Goode ran an impressive 4.19 in the 20-yard shuttle, a 7.23 in the three-cone drill and had a 9’9” broad jump, which showed off his athleticism. At his pro day, Goode worked out at linebacker and defensive back.

The Buccaneers now have nine linebackers on their 2012 roster in Mason Foster, Quincy Black, Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson, Jacob Cutrera, Mike Balogun, Rennie Curran, David and Goode.

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    Burfict and Dennard both had serious character issues. They don't represent the kind of player coach Shiano wants around. Just trying to get Talib straigtened out is a huge task in itself. Dennard was just arrested for battery and Burfict has had drug issues as well as being hard to coach and his work ethic is under question. This draft will show it's head in about 6 to 7 months. Also I think the team may be looking to add more veteran free agents and possibly even trade for a veteran corner.
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    arealbucsfan: How about we both take the Wonderlick test and see who's closer to being an idiot. Fact is, most of us (including you and I) know only what we read about a player in the various publications and now watching youtube videos. Surely you don't dispute that. I learned a long time ago that the publishers' analysis means very little. Point is, we and they know nothing compared to the in- depth study done by the team's scouting staffs. At the late portion of the draft, to come out and say this relatively unknown player is better than another unknown player because of a paragraph written in a book is well.......idiotic.
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    i like @BuccoBill. This man knows what he's talking about. Dennard can cover and eventually become a starter and does have stones for hands lol.
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    Didn't any of you guys watch West Virginia vs. LSU in Mogantown last year? West Virginia played LSU very tough and barely lost. Goode is good in the weight room and his forte is filling gaps in the defense and stopping the run. He is not a big blitzer, but when he learns how to read NFL offenses and call the defensiive signals, I believe he will be a good MLB. In the meantime get off Quincy Black's back. He will need to be the short term solution at MLB, and if he stays healthy, I believe he can do it, like he did in college at that positon, but now, if he gets hurt, he won't have to play the position with a bum ankle, we can put in Goode! The Bucs just got a lot better on defense with Baron, David, and Goode. I believe Tandy will be good at special teams and will be able to make this year's team as a backup CB. And above all that Tandy set records in high school as a QB, so if we ever lose both our QBs he could step in as an emergency replacement. Now that is versatility. His QB experience at WVa before he moved to CB will make him better at reading offensive plays and anticipating where the WRs on the other team are going. DOM has done it again. As ESPN said during this year's draft, "He is a young Rock Star GM!!!" Thanks DOM.
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    I'm confused. This guy sounds great from PP, but the run down from espn is less than glowing. They make him sounds almost below average. It's so hard to know who to listen to on this stuff. I do trust Scott Reynolds though so.... Welcome Mr. Goode.
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    That is because the pundits look at stats and limited film. Offenses ran AWAY from this guy for a reason. He is 245, compact, fast, ran a 4.5, quick instinctive. He is a true MLB . The guys who drafted him actually played against him. The respect of opposing coaches is a ,much more believable 'stat'.
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    Goode seems to be amongst the more interesting picks after our first three(although Dunsmore is getting interesting the more I read about him; i like Michael Smith; but, he's got compteition to make the team).
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    @realbucsfan says: "He hit the cop during a bar fight! im sure he wasnt stupid enough to him on purpose." So, in your opinion, hitting a cop during a barfight is excusable? And you know nothing about his IQ (or lack thereof) unless you know him personally AND you were there during the fight. I know it took 4 cops to subdue him...and this was less than a week before the NFL draft...so he wasn't stupid?? You can tell people to shut up all you want, but that won't keep us from posting. Using personal attacks by calling people shows your level of professionalism and integrity.
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    In all the film I could find on Dennard he looked real solid in all aspects of his position except for the fact that he had stumps for hands. He was dropping very catchable balls quite a bit. I think that, plus the incident with the cop put him off the Bucs draft board. I bet they were hoping he would fall to free agancy though.
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    Dennard drop due to his ball skills. 4 career interceptions with non last season is not a good number. Plus I think he had hip surgery.
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    Wow arealbucsfan your really defensive. Lol
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    @scubog shut up. Ur an idiot.
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    arealbucsfan, If you were a real Buc Fan you would not insult other Buc Fans. Why? Because many of us have seen many more downs than ups and this is one of the times to be up about what the organization is doing. Character does matter; maybe not to you, but it sure does to this Coach.
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    @warren he hit the cop during a bar fight! im sure he wasnt stupid enough to him on purpose. Who cares what tandy can do, he'll never be a starter! And if we brought in Alfonzo i'm pretty sure he wouldnt have character issues. And Mark Barron has been arrested while at alabama... so yea shut up
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    You shouldn't think one player is better or worse than another just because Mel Kiper says so. At this point few names are recognizable to most of us. I'm sure those of you making those types of comments have done no analysis other than read the big blue book.
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    arealbucsfan: On April 21, 2012 Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Lincoln, Neb. The Bucs are just NOT going to take character issue guys! Tnayd can play safety or CB, and Goode can play alll three LB positions. No character issues with ANY of our draftees.
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    They compare Goode to London Fletcher, not bad. Tandy is also good for a nickle and is also a guy that hits.
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    I dont get it! Alfonzo Dennard is still out there! he wouldve been a better pick than Tandy. Who the eff is Tandy!?
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    Schiano is taking West Virginia guys he's played against.
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    Just watched a highlight reel, this guy brings the lumber.
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    I think the point is is to get tough versatile players who have played many positions, can fill in when needed, and play good special teams. Schiano coached his Rutgers team against West Virginia and knows these guys (Goode and Tandy) better than we do...he must have seen something in them.
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    Most of the players picked at this point are not starters unless they are a kicker; they have the potential to be a back up or develop more on the Practice Squad or get released.
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    WTF is going on out there.
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    Never heard of him but I'm never too hard on any of the picks at this point because no one's perfect once they're picked in the 5th round and beyond. I'm hoping he can be a great MLB but we may just have to get by this year with whatever we have because we can't fix everything in one year.
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    Vontaze Burfict ILB from Arizona State shouldve been the better yet george iloka shouldve been the pick and 6th should be VONTAZE BURFICT STILL CAN BE PLEASE GIVE THE THUMPER A CHANCE PLEASE.
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    Newsflash: Tampa linebacking corp: Exit Bambi....Enter THUMPER!!!!
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    never heard of goode until they picked him, but they've done well so far and i'm far from an expert. looks pretty good so far
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    I think one thing Schiano is telling the team is you better be able to tackle your guy and not miss tackles like the team did regularly last season or you won't be playing on my team. Quincy Black better take notice or you won't make it through training camp.
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    Does any1 know what Dallas wants for Mike Jenkins?(if they're trading him) Hope that is a cheap options
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    Dallas was horrible in the secondary last year. That's why they are trying to unload him. Also, he's in the last year of his contract. Why would we trade a pick for a one-year rent-a-corner? Doesn't seem like a wise move to invest in a multiyear deal with him, either.
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