NEW YORK (WXYZ) - The Tampa Bay Bucs have drafted Michigan State defensive end Will Gholston in the fourth round with the 126th overall pick. Gholston becomes the third MSU Spartans player taken in the 2013 NFL draft.
In 2012, the Detroit native and Southeastern product was a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the media, but honorable mention by the coaches. He led the Spartan defensive linemen and finished fourth overall in tackles with 59. His 10 pass break-ups ranked first among NCAA FBS defensive linemen.
"Will Gholston anchored a defensive line that helped Michigan State rank No. 1 in the Big Ten in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense and finished among the NCAA's Top 10 in all those categories," MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said.
"He's an active player, who consistently provided a physical presence at the point of attack. Will has a tremendous upside and the physical skills to become a consistent playmaker."
At 6-7 and 280-pounds, Gholston has the size, length and physical skills to maul blockers. One of the concerns is that Gholston tries to run around opponents far too often instead of disengaging with his hands.
The Detroit native collected 142 tackles, including 30 for losses (102 yards) and 10 sacks (56 yards), in 36 career games. His 30 tackles for loss rank 10th in school history.