The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced the signing of their third draftee: fourth-round defensive end William Gholston. The Michigan State product signed a four-year deal, as will all the Bucs' draftees because of NFL CBA rules. Over The Cap estimates that Gholston will receive a $2.56 million contract with around a $400,500 signing bonus.
The talented defensive end lacked production in college as a pass rusher, but was a quality run defender in college with the physical gifts to become a much better pass rusher in the NFL. He has the versatility to move inside to defensive tackle, if necessary, but he will likely need some time to develop into a quality NFL player. With Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers as starting defensive ends and Daniel Te'o-Nesheim available as a backup, he'll likely get that time to develop.
As was the case last year, the Buccaneers appear to be signing their draft picks in reverse signing order. They signed Steven Means and Mike James yesterday, and have Akeem Spence, Mike Glennon and Johnthan Banks remaining as unsigned draft picks. In that order.