- A closer look at the Buccaneers' picks: Round 5/140 - Najee Goode, LB, 6-0, 244, West Virginia...Goode made a good impression on Schiano playing for West Virginia, who never lost to the Scarlet Knights during his time there. Will most likely work at strong-side linebacker. - The Sports Xchange
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Considered too short to be a Mike linebacker and too slow for the weak side, earning a starting role in the NFL will likely prove difficult for Goode. His versatility and commitment could give him a chance at sticking on a roster on special teams.
Positives: Thickly-built and dedicated in the weight room. Quick to the hold and can make plays behind the line. Good lateral agility to avoid blockers. Reliabe open-field tackler with some explosiveness as a hitter. Willing to take on the fullback. Adequate straight-line speed to get to the edge. Gains good depth on his pass drops. Accomplished special teams player. Good weight-room numbers -- 500-pound bench press, 600-pound squat -- and isn't a stiff muscle-bound guy. Has a 35-inch vertical. Father, John, was an NFL tight end.
Negatives: Easily washed out of plays and loses track of the ball. Runs around blocks and struggles to break away once blockers have a hold on him. Offers little pass rush. Relies on effort and intensity rather than elite agility, power or closing speed.