The Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that they have signed fourth-round pick William Gholston to a contract. The former Spartan joins Steven Means and Mike James as 2013 draft picks who have inked their new deals who, both signed Monday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that they have signed 2013 NFL Draft selection DE William Gholston.
Gholston (6-6, 281) was selected in the fourth round (126th overall) from Michigan State University, where he played in 36 games, recording 142 tackles, 13 passes defensed, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 30 tackles for loss, the 10th-most in Michigan State history.
Gholston earned second-team All-Big Ten honors following both his sophomore and junior seasons and was a quarterfinalist for the Lombardi Award (lineman of the year). As a junior, led all FBS defensive linemen with 10 passes defensed and set a Michigan State school record for passes defensed by a defensive lineman.
A Detroit native, Gholston was a high school All-American at Southeastern High School and participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-America Game.
Gholston joins Steven Means and RB Mike James as draft picks that have signed their rookie deals. Second-rounder CB Johnthan Banks, third-round pick QB Mike Glennon and fourth-rounder Akeem Spence have still yet to sign.
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