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Bucs take MSU DE William Gholston in 4th round



With their second fourth-round pick, the Bucs picked Michigan State junior DE William Gholston.

Gholston, an athletically-gifted 6-foot-6, 281-pounder, racked up 59 tackles and a team-high 4.5 sacks in 2012, when he was named All Big Ten honorable mention. Over his career, Gholston had 142 tackles, 30 for loss, and 10 sacks.

This fourth round pick was acquired from the Patriots in the Aqib Talib trade last year, adding another layer to the selection.

Gholston is the cousin of Vernon Gholston, who was the No. 6 overall pick out of Ohio State, but has just 42 tackles in 45 career games.

With other young defensive ends in Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers, NFL draft analyst Mike Mayock said Gholston has a great opportunity to fit into the rotation. But Mayock wants to see more out of his talent.

"You've got to get more consistent play," Mayock siad. "He flashes greatness but doesn't do it consistently. A kid with that body type and genetics ought to be a first round pick, not a fourth round pick."


[Last modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 1:57pm]


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