Ko Kieft: Minnesota Coaches Stressed Physicality So He Delivered

May 13th, 2022

Bucs rookie TE Ko Kieft

Rookie Bucs tight end (?) Ko Kieft came to Tampa with perfect timing.

Rookie minicamp started today and he learned that last night his small northwestern Iowa hometown of Sioux Center (population: 8,229), about a 20-minute drive from the Nebraska border, was hit by a tornado.

Kieft said everything was fine back home and all is good. Big Ten defenders cannot say the same battling Kieft in games the past few years.

Kieft comes to the Bucs with a reputation for being one ornery dude. Think a p!ssed off Ryan Jensen on every play.

Watching Kieft on the practice fields of One Buc Palace today, he looks the part. Dude is big and built. He almost dwarfs fellow rookie tight end Cade Otton (who looks smaller than Cam Brate).

Simply put, Kieft appears like one bad mofo you do not want to fool within a dark alley. His chest sticks out like most dudes’ beer guts.

Asked from where he developed his on-field WWE heel reputation, Keift said his coaches at Minnesota (including former Schiano Man and Bucs wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck) heavily emphasized that offensive players must have a strong, physical style. Kieft said he just obliged his coaches’ directions.

Joe thinks Kieft will quickly become a fan favorite. He wears a fullback number (41) and looks like he just stepped out of central casting for a biker movie.

Kieft sure looks the part of a guy defenders do not want to tangle with on the football field. Or off the field.

Now, if he can only play the part.

31 Responses to “Ko Kieft: Minnesota Coaches Stressed Physicality So He Delivered”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Biker movie, no Joe. This guy looks like he just stepped off a Viking long boat, and just finished destroying the town!

  2. Mort Says:

    Meh, tornadoes are just something you learn to live with just like y’all deal with hurricanes. Except you get far less warning lol

  3. Red86 Says:

    Remind me of Brock Lesnar a little bit.

  4. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Gotta get a better picture of the big fella !! Hahaha

  5. SB~LV Says:

    Let’s see him and Gronk in the Oklahoma drill

  6. Bird Says:


    When he got drafted by bucs , i looked him up

    Thought same thing. Like he could be on that vikings series on TV

  7. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Otton looks like he’s in shape too.

  8. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Hall and McClendon look a lot alike to me.

  9. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    Let the games begin

  10. Dman Says:

    Hoffa – you nailed it. Definitely just stepped off the Viking long boat. LOL

  11. MadMax Says:

    Yeah we did real good here…..im def rooting for him. Gronk will be back and he can watch and learn. Then blow up to our starting TE.

  12. ClwJB Says:

    Dreaming of this kid next to Gronk, Wirfs, Mason on a right side option run – wow

  13. MadMax Says:

    ^ yep, unstoppable!

  14. D-Rok Says:

    I’m telling ya’ll, with his red hair and fiery disposition, this guy is gonna make some waves. And some pancake blocks. Love this draft pick.

  15. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Jensen & Kieft

    Bringing Ginger Back.


  16. Miller5252 Says:

    Offensive lineman need to have that fire and battle in the trenches every play. They need to be real tone setters! Having Jensen right next to him will be good so the kid knows how far he can take things without getting flagged. I love ornery lineman right up to getting flagged, unless it’s protecting a player. But being that mean ornery doesn’t help none of you’re always getting flagged. And I hope he doesn’t get pegged like Jensen where the refs come to him at the beginning of each game asking him if he’ll play nice today.

  17. Marine Buc Says:

    If he doesn’t make it in the NFL he could probably get work in the next Game of Thrones series…lol

  18. sasquatch Says:

    Ko Kieft is already a favorite of this fan.

  19. Tim Says:

    He looks like he came from an Amish colony lol. Or like he should be on a 19th century whaling ship

  20. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Kieft is a Dutch last name. However, it is a well known Fact that people from Holland have a Ton of Viking Genetics. Perhaps that is the reason why the Dutch are the worlds tallest people ?

    I googled this

    In the ninth century, Danish Vikings wreaked havoc in the Netherlands with raids and attacks. . During the Iron Age migration, Germanic hunter gatherer tribes of same or similar descent fled the climate and populated the Netherlands area. The Viking DNA was probably related (but with a nasty mutated mean gene).

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Lots of big dudes and lots of bad dudes in the NFL but check out the pick of KO.

    It’s not just his size and fire red hair….LOOK AT HIS EYES! He’s a scary dude!

  22. David Says:

    I’d like to see him running between Mason and Wirfs as a FB Blocking for Lenny when it’s 3rd & 1instead of a 25 yd pass

  23. Posey99 Says:

    Really like this pick. Hope he comes out early and pulls a Jeremy shockey on someone 🙂

  24. adam from ny Says:

    this guy might be just what the doctor ordered 🙂


  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Didn’t we trade up into the 6th for this guy……..at first I said to myself WTF…..then I checked him out and now I know why.

  26. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Looked at some highlights…….played LB….looked really good there……was also a QB…..Mr. Versatility.

  27. Beeej Says:

    I hope he gets to catch a few passes, he’s been largely unused in that area, bet he could do some great stuff

  28. SB~LV Says:

    He might even have hands ..

  29. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Not that it matters, but my 8 year old Grandson LOVES Ko Kieft!
    My Grandson has Red Hair and Blue Eyes, the rarest of the rare eye/hair type. So now we have two Gingers, Jensen and Kieft!

  30. Jason Says:

    Remember, only a Ginger can call another Ginger Ginger!

  31. ModHairKen Says:

    Angry Red, Jr.