Buccaneers sign rookie William Gholston to 4-year deal
Gholston was selected in the fourth-round with the 126th overall pick by the Buccaneers in last month’s draft. The 21-year-old Gholston is expected to immediately contest for playing time on the Buccaneers defensive line. His versatility (he can lineup on either side of the line and has the physical tools of a pass rusher) will play out as a key attribute for Gholston to find his place in the rotation. The Buccaneers lost their 2012 sack leader, defensive end Michael Bennett, during free agency.
The former Michigan State product racked up 142 tackles, 10 sacks, 13 passes defensed, two forced fumbles and 30 tackles for a loss (10th-most in school history) in 36 games appearances for the Spartans. William Gholston was also a second-team All-Big Ten selection as a sophomore and as a junior after leading the Spartans with 4.5 sacks last season. The 6-foot-6, 281-pound Gholston led all FBS defensive linemen with 10 passes breakups as a junior. He declared early for the NFL draft after his junior year.
The Buccaneers signed running back Mike James (sixth-round) and defensive end Steven Means (fifth-round) to 4-year rookie deals earlier on Monday.
Only three of the Buccaneers’ total five draft picks of the 2013 class remain unsigned – including cornerback Jonathan Banks (second-round), quarterback Mike Glennon (third-round) and defensive tackle Akeem Spence (fourth-round).