The NFL draft is just around the corner. Michigan State has not had a first round pick since Charles Rogersz in 2003 by who else, the Detroit Lions. No first round picks this year. In fact, linebacker Greg Jones, who nearly declared after his junior season, is projected no higher than the fourth round by ESPN's Todd McShea. Whether that is an accurate forecast or not remains to be seen.
Jones helped Michigan State to bowl games the past few years to be sure, but when I think of the best MSU linebackers I've seen I start with George Webster and include Brad Van Pelt (who also played defensive back), Dan Bass, Percy Snow and Julian Peterson, among others. It will be interesting to see if Jones makes it at the next level or if he will be known more for his college prowess.
ESPN projects other Spartans to be chosen late in the three day draft. Chris L. Rucker, Charlie Gantt in the late rounds and they worked out for scouts on Pro Day at MSU last month. It's impressive that MSU was 11-2 last season without any apparent prominent NFL draft choices.
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