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Bucs draft Illinois DL Spence, Michigan State DE Gholston

Published:   |   Updated: April 27, 2013 at 05:53 PM

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed their need for help along the defensive line in the fourth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

The Bucs trade up to the third spot in the round to take Illinois tackle Akeem Spence and then sat tight at No. 126 overall to take Michigan State end William Gholston.

The 6-foot, 307-pound Spence is considered to be superb run stopper who possesses the ability to get into the backfield and breakup plays while the 6-6, 281-pound Gholston has the ability to become a dynamic pass rusher.

Spence recorded 17.5 tackles for loss during his three-year starting career with the Illini while Gholston recorded 9.5 sacks and 29 tackles for loss his last two years with the Spartans.


POSITION: Defensive tackle

SCHOOL: Illinois


HEIGHT: 6-0 5/8


NOTABLE: Fort Walton Beach High product was named a consensus Freshman All America following 2009 season. Three-year starter played in 38 games last three years, totaling 186 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Also had 26 career quarterback pressures. Florida state weight-lifting champ, scouts call him a “weight-room warrior’’ who needs to transfer that strength to the football field. Repped 225-pound bench press 35 times at scouting combine. Makes plays in flashes; lacks consistency and stamina and needs to reduce 25-percent body fat.

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