Premature grades for Buccaneers day two draft picks

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Luke Goedeke, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Luke Goedeke – Tackle, Central Michigan

We mentioned the empty slot at defensive tackle, the other vacant spot in the lineup is at one of the guard spots.

Perhaps buried somewhat in the ballyhoo surrounding the saga of Tom Brady’s retirement/unretirement was the colossal shock that came with the retirement of guard Ali Marpet at age 28, fresh off his first, and now officially only, Pro Bowl season.

With Alex Cappa signing with the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals once the free agency period officially kicked off shortly after, it brought us to where we are now. The Bucs brought in Shaq Mason to fill one guard spot, but the other guard spot is up for grabs.

The team is reportedly high on Robert Hainsey, who was drafted a year ago, and are looking forward to the competition, and compete he will.

To put it most simply, Luke Goedeke is an absolute mauler. He is just plain nasty, and that should be music to Buccaneers fans’ ears.

Even though Goedeke was a tackle with the Central Michigan Chippewas, he was projected to kick inside and play guard. Now, the Bucs have themselves a potential starting guard that stands at 6’5″ and tips the scales at 310 pounds. The Bucs filled their two biggest (by a pretty wide margin) needs right away with value and attitude, and the grades reflect that. He gets dinged slightly for being a natural tackle in college. Again though, what do we really even know at this point? Besides, we can’t give them all A+, even if we may want to.