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2013840 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-04-28 18:29:27.0 UTC 2012-04-28T14:29:27.000-04:00 content/bucs-select-w-virginia-ilb-najee-goode-5th-round-140th-overall published 2012-04-28 18:57:03.0 UTC 2012-04-28T14:57:03.000-04:00 drupal 55632 The Bucs went back-to-back at linebacker in the NFL draft, using their fifth round pick on West Virginia's Najee Goode, 140th overall. The 6-foot-1, 241-pound Goode arrived to the Mountaineers program as a walk-on and wound up starting the past two seasons at inside linebacker. Tampa Bay traded up with the Houston Texans and moved into the second round Friday to select Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David with the 58th overall pick. As a result, the Bucs did not have a third round choice when the draft resumed Saturday. Goode started 24 games in his last two seasons at West Virginia and finished with 157 career tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two interceptions. He is no stranger to Bucs coach Greg Schiano, whose Rutgers teams never beat the Mountaineers. "We always played them in tough games in crazy weather,'' Goode said. "They had good athletes and against them, I did have some great games. I'm glad he got a chance to see me before he looked at me NFL-wise. I was actually pretty good against them and made some plays. The youngest of three brothers, Goode's father, John, was a standout tight end at Youngstown St. who was a fifth-round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984. His brother, Tarig, played at Youngstown St., in 2006 and later in the Arena Football League for the Mahoning Valley Thunder. Another brother, Wakeem, was a starting linebacker at Hampton University from 2005-08. "The competition has always been through my family because we have a high level of it,'' Goode said. "My family is all boys...we always try to make each other better. I have a close family that I thank God for and I think my dad for. My dad playing in the NFL, he never pressured us about anything we wanted to do. He just said, "If you're going to play football, make plays,' and I was able to do that and get to where I'm at right now.'' "It was just a longshot. I was hoping and praying for it and I just kept working hard. You know, now that's it's here I still can't believe it. But when I first walked on, I was just trying to get to the next level, and for me, that next level was just getting a scholarship and playing hard.'' Rick Stroud bucs Bucs select W. Virginia ILB Najee Goode in 5th round, 140th overall templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/bucs/2012/04/28/55632-bucs-select-w-virginia-ilb-najee-goode-5th-round-140th-overall BlogArticle The Bucs went back-to-back at linebacker in the NFL draft, using their fifth round pick on West Virginia's Najee Goode, 140th overall.Rick Stroud 2106903 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-03-04 21:02:46.0 UTC 2013-03-04T16:02:46.000-05:00 rick-stroud published Rick Stroud <p>Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 33745490 Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. <p>Phone: </p><p>E-mail: <a href="mailto:stroud@tampabay.com ">stroud@tampabay.com</a></p><p>Blog: <a href="http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/">Bucs Beat</a></p><p>Radio talk show (620-AM, 95.3-FM): <a href="http://www.iheart.com/live/673/?autoplay=true">Listen live</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/03/Stroud_Richard_wp_2521982.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/33745490-rick-stroud AuthorProfile 2274676 2016-04-25 23:39:08.0 UTC 4 Months Ago bucs-jameis-winston-ranks-30th-on-nflpa-sales-list bucs Bucs' Jameis Winston ranks 30th on NFLPA sales list BlogArticle 2274899 2016-04-27 15:02:24.0 UTC 4 Months Ago my-2016-nfl-mock-draft-at-no-9-bucs-select- bucs My 2016 NFL mock draft: At No. 9, Bucs select ... BlogArticle 2275245 2016-04-29 04:00:49.0 UTC 4 Months Ago drafts-defensive-line-depth-could-help-bucs-in-2nd-round bucs Draft's defensive line depth could help Bucs in 2nd round BlogArticle <p>The Bucs went back-to-back at linebacker in the&nbsp;NFL draft,&nbsp;using their fifth round pick on West Virginia's Najee Goode, 140th overall.</p> <p>The 6-foot-1, 241-pound&nbsp;Goode arrived&nbsp;to the Mountaineers program as a walk-on and wound up starting the past two seasons at inside linebacker.</p> <p>Tampa Bay&nbsp;traded up with the Houston Texans and moved into the second round Friday to select Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David with the 58th overall pick. As a result, the Bucs did not have a third round choice when the draft resumed Saturday.</p> <p>Goode started 24 games in his last two seasons at West Virginia and finished with 157 career tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks&nbsp;and two interceptions. He is no stranger to Bucs coach Greg Schiano, whose Rutgers teams never beat the Mountaineers.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We always played them in tough games in crazy weather,'' Goode said. &quot;They had good athletes and against them, I did have some great games.&nbsp;I'm glad he got a chance to see me before he looked at me NFL-wise. I was actually pretty good against them and made some plays.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>The youngest of three brothers, Goode's father, John, was a standout tight end at Youngstown St. who was a fifth-round pick by the&nbsp;St. Louis Cardinals in 1984. His brother, Tarig, played at Youngstown St., in 2006 and later in the Arena Football League for the Mahoning Valley Thunder. Another brother, Wakeem, was a starting linebacker at Hampton University from 2005-08.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The competition has always been through my family because we have&nbsp;a high level of it,'' Goode said. &quot;My family is all boys...we always try to make each other better. I have a close family that I thank God for and I think my dad for. My dad playing in the NFL, he never pressured us about anything we wanted to do. He just said, &quot;If you're going to play football, make plays,' and I was able to do that and get to where I'm at right now.''</p> <p>&quot;It was just a longshot.&nbsp;I was hoping and praying for it and I just kept working hard. You know, now that's it's here I still can't believe it. But when I first walked on, I was just trying to get to the next level, and for me, that next level was just getting a scholarship and playing hard.''</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:59:35