Photo of Najee Goode
Drafted By: Buccaneers
  • Round 5
  • Pick 5
  • Overall 140

Combine Results

58.0 ?
  • 4.64 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 35.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 117.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: The Bucs grab a potential gem in Goode. He is a downhill thumper with outstanding instincts who is the perfect fit in the middle of the defense.

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31 7/8" Arm Length
  • 244LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


Goode is a bit of a tweener in that he bounced from inside to outside linebacker in his career at West Virginia. NFL teams will face the same dilemma West Virginia did when deciding where to play him. He played outside for much of his career, serving as the flow tackler for a defense that featured classmate Bruce Irvin at outside linebacker. Goode had a solid year working from the inside and can clash with top offensive linemen. He has 3-4 and 4-3 base defense versatility as well, which makes him a late-round prospect.



Goode is a solid tackler and works better in the box than he does in space. He can read linemen and fill his gaps adequately. He uses good leverage when going against bigger linemen and can deliver a blow to oncoming running backs. Goode has the strength to back up a 240-pound frame -- he doesn't let offensive linemen stick on him for long. Goode is a classic inside presence who struggles turning to cover in zone and is better suited playing against the run.


Goode won't be very reliable against the pass in the NFL and is more of a two-down defender. He has the speed to run with bigger offensive players but would struggle dropping back to cover slot receivers. He has the same struggles in zone coverage, where he doesn't look natural when flipping his hips and getting into his pass set. He doesn't contribute much when rushing the passer and doesn't have the burst or technique to get around more experienced linemen.
Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.