The Buccaneers selected offensive tackle Luke Goedeke from Central Michigan with the 57th overall choice in the 2022 NFL Draft. Goedeke, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 312 pounds, can play both guard and tackle, and he should see action as a rookie. To get Goedeke, Tampa Bay traded up from No. 60 to No. 57, surrendering the 180th overall pick to Buffalo in the process.
Luke Goedeke, OL, Central Michigan
– Height: 6’5
– Weight: 320
– Arm Length: 33 1/8
In college at Central Michigan, Luke Goedeke played his snaps at tackle, but he will slot in as a guard for the Buccaneers. In 2021, he only allowed 7 pressures and was a monster in the run game. He plays with a low center of gravity and good get off, which will make him a useful run blocker day one. He started his college career as a tight end, so his athleticism won’t be an issue when climbing to the second level and finding work.
Positional versatility is key in a 17-game season, and his ability to play anywhere along the offensive line cannot be understated. Injuries were one of his biggest red flags, as he missed all of 2020 due to a knee injury.
When watching him play, he always plays with a good head on his shoulders and never makes mental mistakes. His ability to pick up stunts is top-notch, and we probably won’t see Brady yelling at him for making stupid decisions. He’s not without his flaws, as his arm length is shorter than average and his long term future at tackle could be in question.
Overall, this is a very good pick, and it’s addressing a position of need. Goedeke comes with a high ceiling and immediately makes the Buccaneers offensive unit better.
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