NFL Draft 2012: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Go 'Almost Heaven' with Goode and Tandy

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 28, 2012

Keith Tandy, Mountaineer captain, physical corner.
Keith Tandy, Mountaineer captain, physical corner.Chris Graythen/Getty Images

If fifth-rounder Najee Goode and sixth-rounder Keith Tandy make the 2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster, the Bucs could be adding at least 60,000 folks to their fanbase.

These would be the couch-burning hillbillies from West Virginia, who make up a passionate fanbase that travels as good as that of any team in the country. If you've ever been to a USF-West Virginia game at Raymond James, you would know what I mean.

Seriously, you stroll through the West Virginia fanbase and they've got the John Denver song "Country Roads Take Me Home" blaring at their tailgates. The standing joke around what used to be the Big East is that West Virginia fans were those "couch-burning hillbillies."

Maybe Greg Schiano's Big East background was showing Saturday when the Bucs nabbed a pair of Mountaineers. They got linebacker Goode in the fifth round and Tandy in the sixth.

Guess what? Both were 2012 team captains at West Virginia.

Both are very versatile, physical players. Do you see the pattern? Schiano obviously wants players who can play more than one position.

Goode played both inside and outside. Physical? Yes. He's 6"0" and 244 lbs, one sturdy guy who was cheered by those hilly-billies.

Tandy? Those of you begging for another corner got your wish, finally. Sturdy kid at 5'10", 200 pounds. Knows how to tackle.

Can you see the pattern?

How about these requirements:

Versatile, sturdy, physical, fundamentally sound, knows how to tackle. Now you're getting the feel for the type of defensive player Schiano wants.

No pansies need apply.

Almost heaven?

Well, from the sound of things, Bucs fans are feeling better already.