Out of all the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies, the one getting talked about the least has a chance to be the most impactful for the Buccaneers.
As we approach training camp, the Bucs find themselves with a couple of intriguing battles for a handful of starting spots. One of those spots is at guard. With Alex Cappa in Cincinnati and Ali Marpet enjoying retirement, Shaq Mason was brought in to fill one spot. As for the other? That’s where things get interesting.
Aaron Stinnie has starting experience, including filling in for Cappa when he went down before the Super Bowl run of 2020 and is probably the favorite to take over as the starter. There’s also Robert Hainsey who the Buccaneers drafted last year in the third round. Listed as a tackle, Hainsey has the versatility to kick inside and play wherever the Bucs may need him.
There is also a hungry rookie chomping at the bit for his chance to start for the Buccaneers.
Logan Hall was the first player the Bucs drafted, and the two tight ends Cade Otton and Ko Kieft were drafted to prepare for life without Rob Gronkowski. The Buccaneers also drafted a punter. Naturally, these picks got the most notoriety.
Fast forward to where we are now with training camp on the horizon, and Kyle Rudolph was brought in to mentor the youngster tight ends with Cameron Brate. Meanwhile, Akiem Hicks was signed to do the same with Hall, and presumably start over the rookie. All of a sudden, the second player the Bucs drafted in the second round, Luke Goedeke, has a chance to be the Bucs’ most impactful rookie and should be getting more shine.
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. Goedeke has the kind of throwback attitude that every offensive line needs. He would fit in well with the likes of Ryan Jensen.
Even though Goedeke was a tackle with the Central Michigan Chippewas, he was projected to kick inside and play guard in the NFL coming out of college. The Bucs potential starting rookie guard stands at 6’5″ and tips the scales at 310 pounds and would provide great girth for the GOAT to get comfortable in the pocket.
While Luke Goedeke may not be talked about as much as the other rookies, he has a great chance to make the biggest impact out of all of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies should he win the starting guard spot. Fortunately for him, and potentially Bucs fans, he has an excellent chance of doing so.