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The Big Ten granted Michigan State redshirt sophomore linebacker Drake Martinez a waiver making him eligible to play in 2015.

The junior college transfer, who started eight games in 2014 for Saddleback College in California, has three years of eligibility remaining. Martinez redshirted at Nebraska in 2013, where his brother Taylor played quarterback.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:29 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is the No. 3 prospect in the Big Ten, according to the Big Ten Network's Sean Merriman.

Cook boasts a 23-3 record as Spartans' starter. "Small tweaks to his footwork and escaping pressure could certainly lead to Cook being a top 10 pick in the 2016 draft," Merriman wrote. CBS Sports grades Cook as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation and the prospect slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
May 19 - 12:15 AM

Scout.com ranks Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun as the No. 19 draft prospect.

"Look for this Spartan to be a 3-4 outside linebacker or 4-3 strong side defenisve [sic] end," Scout.com's Jamie Newberg wrote. "He's not a tackle machine but when he makes plays he makes big plays. Calhoun is quick, especially off the ball. He's strong, shows the ability to play in space and make plays on the other side of the field." A full 37 percent of Calhoun's tackles in college have come behind the line of scrimmage. He's posted impressive totals of tackles for a loss (30) and sacks (16.5).
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 8:09 PM

Scout.com ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 11 overall prospect.

"Cook is your classic NFL prospect at this position with good size and a good arm," wrote Jamie Newberg. "He has been highly productive and efficient the past two seasons at Michigan State, throwing 45 touchdown passes and close to 5,800 passing yards. When he's tight with his mechanics and steps into his throws Cook's as accurate as they come." ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Cook as the No. 15 player in the class, CBS Sports grades him as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation and Cook slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
Source: Scout.com
May 16 - 9:47 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun was named an honorable mention on Mel Kiper's first Big Board of 2016.

"A known pass-rushing commodity, he has 26.5 TFL in the past two seasons," Kiper wrote. It's a bit surprising that Calhoun didn't crack the list, as he was a Round 1 possibility in the 2015 draft had he entered. Calhoun possesses top-10 tools, but must be more consistent.
May 16 - 7:19 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook debuted at No. 15 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"It's more about tools than polish at this point, but Cook has a quick release with enough zip down the field and shows well-above-average mobility for a player his size (6-4, 220)," he wrote. "On the downside, he often doesn't have his feet set when he throws, and the accuracy suffers. I think Cook made a good call to come back, because there's a lot to like but plenty to work on." Cook has thrown for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across 30 career starts. He recently slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
May 16 - 5:49 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior OT Jack Conklin debuted at No. 12 on Mel Kiper's first 2016 Big Board.

"Once a walk-on for Mark Dantonio, Conklin is now one of the most steady, complete offensive tackle prospects in college football," Kiper wrote. "At 6-6 and more than 320 pounds, he moves well (he was a good former high school basketball player) and is most impressive in his consistency -- he just doesn't give up sacks. Conklin could be a great draft story, if he maintains his form in 2015." Regarding Conklin's early draft stock, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported in January that the prospect "could move from third round prospect in 2015 to the first round in 2016."
May 16 - 3:53 PM

CBS Sports ranks Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook as the No. 1 QB prospect in the nation.

USC's Cody Kessler finished second, meaning CBS is as high on the Trojans signal-caller as we are. "Scouts are intrigued by Cook's confidence, poise and strong arm," Rob Rang wrote. Colleague Dane Brugler had Cook going No. 8 to the Rams in the 2015 draft before Cook pulled out of the process. If he has a huge season, Cook very well could be the favorite to go No. 1 overall.
Source: CBS Sports
May 15 - 8:37 PM

Michigan St. graduate senior WR Andre Sims Jr. plans to transfer.

"The fact Andre completed his degree in four years is a testament to his work ethic," head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. "He’s a quality person, and we wish him the best of luck as he enters his final season of competition." Because he has graduated, Sims is eligible to play immediately in 2015. He had 13 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown across his Spartan career.
May 14 - 7:35 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay slotted Michigan State redshirt junior OT Jack Conklin to the Lions at No. 14 in a 2016 mock draft.

"He has great size (6-6, 317) and two years of starting experience at left tackle for the Spartans," he wrote. "The offensive line isn't an area of strength for the Lions, so here they'd be able to bolster it with the help of a local product." Rotoworld's Josh Norris had him in the same range, shipping Conklin to the Steelers at No. 18. "Some might end up ranking Conklin as he top tackle in the class," Norris wrote. "Connor Cook’s success is somewhat linked to Conklin’s performance in 2015."
May 12 - 9:19 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun is a "productive edge rusher who could fly up draft boards with greater strength, consistency in 2015."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, "will need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner and hold his ground against them in the run game before he earns first-round grades," according to NFL.com's Chad Reuter. He was in the first-round mix had he hopped to the pros early, and a big season will get him into the top half of the stanza.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 6:20 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook is a "strong-armed, confident and a proven winner who could have gone in the first round in 2015 but was clearly behind Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

The analyst ranked him as the No. 2 senior prospect in the land. "Could lead the pack next year and has Sparty set up for a possible title run," Rang wrote. Cook has completed 58 percent of his passes for 6,063 yards, 47 touchdowns and 15 interceptions across his 30 career starts. Cook recently slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 4:25 PM

Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook slotted No. 2 to the Browns in Todd McShay's 2016 mock draft.

"Cook has good size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is coming off of back-to-back productive seasons as a starter, including leading the Spartans to Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl victories," McShay wrote. Cook has been projected all over the place in preliminary mock exercises. Josh Norris slotted him No. 12. "At times, Cook’s inability to effectively handle pressure borders on being a fatal flaw," Norris wrote. "Hopefully he harnesses the positive reps when he shows good movement while keeping his eyes up. Cook is certainly willing to throw into contested situations."
May 8 - 11:31 PM

Independent quarterback coach George Whitfield says Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "has great physical maturity, a throwing motion that is less shotgun and more automatic weapon and [a] confidence [that] has skyrocketed."

Last season, Cook won offensive MVP at the Rose Bowl and was a second-team All-Big Ten selection. Whitfield has been working with him since he was a redshirt freshman. While the NFL has introduced several prolific dual-threat QBs in recent years, it still prefers the classic dropback profile Cook provides. "If you ask most people in this league, all things being equal, they'd take a pro-style guy over a spread quarterback," said one AFC quarterbacks coach. "When you look at our league, not many run-around quarterbacks have won. You can say [Seattle's] Russell Wilson did it, but how much do they really ask him to do? The top quarterbacks in this league make plays from the pocket."
Source: ESPN.com
May 8 - 7:11 PM

Michigan State edge player Shilique Caqlhoun "will need to beat NFL-caliber tackles around the corner and hold his ground against them in the run game before he earns first-round grades," according to NFL.com Draft analyst Chad Reuter.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick for the Spartans. The Michigan State prospect was the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Big Ten back in 2013. Calhoun could have been a first day selection in this year's draft but decided to return for his senior year. With a solid season, Calhoun could be mid first-round selection in the 2016 draft.
Source: NFL.com
May 7 - 3:55 PM


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