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Bucs get William Gholston for Aqib Talib

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have traded Aqib Talib for William Gholston.

The Talib trade happened last year, but today they spent the fourth-round pick they got from the Patriots on Gholston, a defensive end from Michigan State who has good size (6-foot-7, 278 pounds) and moves well for a big man.

Gholston is an outstanding athlete who is capable of being an extremely disruptive presence on the defensive front, but he often appears to take plays off, and the knock on him at Michigan State was that he was too inconsistent. In fact, there’s some talk that Gholston is a lot like his cousin Vernon Gholston, who was the No. 6 overall pick of the Jets and turned out to be a major bust.

The good news for the Bucs is that they didn’t spend the sixth overall pick on him, they spent the 126th overall pick on him. Late in the fourth round, Gholston is a talent worth taking a chance on.

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6 Responses to “Bucs get William Gholston for Aqib Talib”
  1. surfinbird1 says: Apr 27, 2013 1:42 PM

    Looks like it could work out for both teams. Good trade.

  2. mazblast says: Apr 27, 2013 1:42 PM

    He can play, the question is whether he WILL play.

    Every pick this low has question marks, but at least this one has quality physical tools.

  3. bucrightoff says: Apr 27, 2013 1:47 PM

    Even if he turns out exactly like Vernon, it was for a 4th rounder, not the sixth overall pick. Lol Jets

  4. thegonz13 says: Apr 27, 2013 2:07 PM

    Let’s just hope this Gholston doesn’t turn out like the other one and that lack of talent/desire doesn’t run to all branches of the family tree

  5. connormyboy says: Apr 27, 2013 2:09 PM

    if he can rush the qb and stop the run that would be great

  6. thetroofishere says: Apr 27, 2013 2:14 PM

    “Gholston is an outstanding athlete who is capable of being an extremely disruptive presence on the defensive front, but he often appears to take plays off…”

    Vernon, is that you?

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