2018 NFL Draft

Najee Goode, ILB

School: West Virginia  |  Conference: BIGE
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 244 lbs.
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04/30/2012 - 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

03/16/2012 - The culmination of years of hard work is put on display when football players strap on their cleats and take the field for their pro day. On Friday, WVU held its own session in which former Mountaineers and a few local products tried doing all they could to impress the scouts and coaches in attendance and put themselves in position to get paid to play the game they love. There are some, like Bruce Irvin and Najee Goode, who have already been firmly placed on various teams' radars, while others are doing all they can to make a name. Some, like Sidney Glover and Anthony Leonard, are known commodities who played in NFL camps last summer before getting cut from their respective teams. Everyone is looking for a chance. The way they will get that chance is by showing off not only their athleticism and football skills, but also by standing out in conversations with the scouts who made the trip to see them. For Goode and Irvin, a big opportunity to impress scouts and general managers came in the February NFL Combine. Now, surrounded by teammates and well-wishers, the situation seemed to present far less pressure. "It's better to be in a familiar situation because you're more relaxed than at the Combine, guys are all wired up and stuff like that," says Goode. "That's how some of the bad stuff happens. Here, it's fun and we're still competing." Keith Tandy, who ran the fastest forty time of the day, getting timed as low as 4.47 seconds, says the experience was positive from start to finish. "I just wanted to come out and show that I was one of the best DBs in the draft," says Tandy. "I did pretty good - I had 35 inches on my vertical, I did 16 reps on the bench and a 10 [foot] broad jump." - Geoff Coyle, West Virginia Illustrated

01/04/2012 - Scouting the West Virginia run defense: WVU featured a bend-but-don't-break defense. Compared to the 2010 defense that allowed only 86 yard a game rushing, this defense was nowhere near as effective, giving up 140 yards a game. The defensive line is undersized and built more to rush the passer than to stop the running game. Teams employing a power game often to take advantage of a size advantage and to neutralize the Mountaineers' speed. LB Najee Goode, playing some in the middle and some at the strong side, was extremely active and is the team's leading tackler. A couple of freshmen wound up playing a lot of linebacker, Doug Rigg and Jared Barber. Safeties Darwin Cook, Terence Garvin and Eain Smith are aggressive, fast and sure tacklers, finishing second, third and fifth in tackles on the team, respectively. - The Sports Xchange

12/19/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG EAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Najee Goode, West Virginia, Sr., has been selected All-BIG EAST Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as chosen by the league's eight head coaches. - West Virginia football

10/05/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: WVU comes off a strong performance against Bowling Green, one in which they finally caused some turnovers. "We had five turnovers which is huge," coach Dana Holgorsen said. "Defensively, we made plays. Making plays on the ball is important. We had some batted down balls, we had some sacks, we had some interceptions, we had a couple of guys strip balls out." The linebacking corps changed due to injury with Jewone Snow moving in at middle linebacker and starting middle linebacker Najee Goode moving to the strong side in place of Doug Rigg, out with a broken wrist. PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Najee Goode opened the year as the middle linebacker and did a solid job but an injury to SLB Doug Rigg last week forced him to be moved outside to the position he played last year. He had a big game at Sam with five tackles and should pick up on that the more he gets used to the position again. - The Sports Xchange

09/08/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: MLB Najee Goode - Big question coming into the season was middle linebacker, which was not deep and inexperienced. If one could have emerged, defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel would have used Goode as an outside backer. None did, so he played the middle and showed himself to be an aggressive force against the run, leading WVU in tackles. He can be the glue that holds the defense together. - The Sports Xchange

06/11/2011 - SPRING MOVERS: Senior MLB Najee Goode waited his turn patiently for three years but given a chance took over in the middle on the defense not only as a hard-hitting tackler but as a senior leader. It was his leadership skills, in fact, that were the most impressive as he latched onto the starting job. - The Sports Xchange