The Bucs swapped fourth rounders and traded their sixth round pick (181st overall) to the Oakland raiders in order to move up 12 spots to select Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois with the 100th overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Spence addresses an area of need for the Bucs, who lost DT Roy Miller in free agency. While at Illinois, Spence split his time between nose and three-technique, giving the Bucs a versatile option at DT.
With the pick the Bucs received from New England in exchange for Aqib Talib last fall, Tampa Bay selected DE William Gholston from Michigan State with their second pick of the fourth round, 126th overall. At 6-7, 278 Lbs, Gholston is a physical specimen who is loaded with talent, athleticism, and potential. In 36 games at Michigan State (24 starts), Gholston recorded 142 tackles including 30 for loss (10th in MSU's history) and 10 sacks.
The Buccaneers selected Steven Means, OLB, Buffalo with the 14th pick of the fifth round (147th overall). Means had 18.5 sacks in his career as a Bull, which is second all-time in school history. Means was a four-year player at UB after red-shirting as a freshman in 2008 and played at the defensive end position and did not receive an invitation to attend the Combine.
The Bucs announced that they had dealt RB LeGarrette Blount to New England in exchange for RB Jeff Demps and a seventh round pick in this year's draft, then followed that up shortly thereafter by trading up in the sixth round to draft another running back.
Tampa Bay initially sat at No. 196 and gave up that pick and the seventh round pick aquired from the Patriots (No. 229) in the Blount deal to the Minnesota Vikings to move up to the 189th spot to select Mike James, RB, out of Miami (FL).
James, played in all 12 games last season for the Hurricanes, serving as the team's secondary back. The 5-11, 222-pounder grew up in Polk County and told the local media he was the "Happiest man alive" and that he "can't wait to go home." James, who was recognized in college for his community service efforts, also said that playing in a complimentary role at Miami gives him patience as he will have the opportunity to take on a similar role in Tampa Bay.