The very first thing it’s good to learn about new Bucs offensive lineman Luke Goedeke is that he’s a mauler. The Bucs traded up three spots within the second spherical to No. 57 to make sure they picked the Central Michigan star. He’ll problem veterans Aaron Stinnie, Nick Leverett and Robert Hainsey for the vacant left guard spot instantly.
Goedeke has described himself as a “glass eater” on the sphere for his model of play. What extra is there to say after that? He’s the kind of lineman the Bucs are in search of within the draft yearly.
“I actually see myself as a man who’s a imply, nasty and relentless man on the market on the sphere,” Goedeke mentioned. “I’m at all times seeking to bury guys and simply put concern of their eyes. That’s actually my mentality. I attempt to play with that demeanor of being only a actually nasty man.”
Aspect be aware: I hope “glass eater” sticks as a nickname for him in Tampa.
Missed At First
The story of how Goedeke made it to the NFL is an attention-grabbing one. Coming from a small city in Whitelaw, Wisconsin, he had no faculties recruiting him. A part of that was simply him being from a small city, however the different half was that he hadn’t grown into the participant he’s at the moment.
“I might say I used to be sort of simply under-developed,” Goedeke mentioned. “Sort of was a late bloomer, if I needed to be sincere with you. I actually sort of developed that summer time yr after highschool. I additionally performed at a extremely small highschool – about 350 children whole. We had ‘Carry Your Tractor to College Day’ and stuff. It wasn’t like there was a bunch of school coaches operating to go to Valders, Wisconsin by any means. Regardless, I wasn’t something to hoot and holler about.”
Simply Attempting To Get A Probability
So Goedeke settled for a Division III college to start his school profession. Then he walked on to Central Michigan, hoping for a possibility. He discovered one, however it included taking part in tight finish earlier than gaining weight and shifting to offensive deal with.
“It has taken hours upon hours of dedication,” Goedeke mentioned. “I really feel like my work ethic is second-to-none. I began out at a D-III college and had no recruitment course of out of highschool. Simply needed to discover a means on the finish of the day and simply bust my tail.
“Then I ended up making cut-ups of myself and requested for a walk-on alternative from Central Michigan. They’d me on the market for a tour and on the finish of it they ended up providing me a full scholarship. Then I simply labored my tail off at Central [Michigan] and developed from tight finish into offensive line, and simply developed into who I’m at the moment. And now, I’m a Buccaneer.”
After assembly with the Bucs, it was clearly the suitable spot for the following chapter of Goedeke’s profession.
“What actually stood out to me was simply the sort of tradition I might really feel after I had interactions with all of their coaches,” Goedeke mentioned. “I might inform their tradition was a successful tradition. Tremendous down-to-earth guys, tremendous sincere. And [they] simply wish to win a championship and can do no matter it takes to perform that. That’s proper the place I sit with my soccer values, as nicely.”