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Saints signed Michigan State C Jack Allen.

Allen (6'1/294) was a 2015 first-team All American, finishing his Michigan State career with 47 starts — 42 at center and five at left guard. He overcomes size and athletic deficiencies with big hands (10 1/8"), an ability to anchor and sometimes even overpower bigger nose tackles and a tenacious playing demeanor. Rotoworld's Josh Norris rated Allen as a top-50 player in this year's class.
May 1 - 1:37 AM

Chargers selected Michigan State OG Donavon Clark with the No. 224 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Clark (6'4/312) made 33 starts for Michigan State -- 18 at right guard, nine at right tackle, and six at left tackle. He played right guard and right tackle as a junior and senior. With 32 5/8-inch arms, Clark has guard length and will primarily have to make his NFL living on the interior. Clark's strengths are his intelligence, toughness, and versatility. He could grow into a reliable reserve with the ability to play multiple positions, but doesn't project as an eventual starter.
Apr 30 - 5:44 PM

49ers selected Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge with the No. 213 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Burbridge (6'0/206) earned 2015's Big Ten Receiver of the Year, wrapping his career with 165 catches for 2,174 yards (13.2 YPR) and ten TDs. An inconsistent ball catcher without much separation ability, Burbridge's deficiencies were exposed at the Combine, measuring in with tiny 8-inch hands and running 4.56 with a lowly 30 1/2-inch vertical. Media WR guru Matt Harmon has described Burbridge as a "catch-and-fall guy" who poses no YAC threat. Burbridge was a good college player whose game and skill set are unlikely to transition into the pros.
Apr 30 - 5:26 PM

Raiders selected Michigan State QB Connor Cook with the No. 100 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

This year's A.J. McCarron goes earlier than he probably should. Cook (6'4/217) made 39 starts for Michigan State, posting a 34-5 record, 57.5 career completion percentage, 7.86 YPA and 71:22 TD-to-INT ratio. He tested out well in Indy, running 4.79 with a 33-inch vertical. Cook is ideally built with decent arm strength, but his accuracy is worrisome and that can be a fatal flaw. Cook was also persistently knocked for poor leadership, failing to earn team captain as a junior or senior. On the field, Cook profiles as a cross between Kyle Orton and Brady Quinn. He looks the part, but doesn't throw the ball straight or with touch on a consistent basis.
Apr 30 - 12:24 PM

Raiders selected Michigan State DE Shilique Calhoun with the No. 75 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Calhoun (6'4/251) was a three-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, finishing his decorated career with 44 tackles for loss, 27 sacks, and four forced fumbles across 42 starts. He tested out as an average to above-average athlete in Indianapolis, running 4.82 with a 35-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Calhoun has a basketball background and long arms (34 1/4"), and showed an obvious knack for pressuring quarterbacks in college. He still has a long way to go as a run defender, and is an old prospect having already turned 24. Calhoun projects as a high-floor, arguably low-ceiling edge rusher in the pros.
Apr 29 - 10:15 PM

Titans selected Michigan State OT Jack Conklin with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Conklin (6'6/308) made 38 starts for the Spartans, logging 35 on the blind side and three at right tackle. He was chosen first-team All-Big Ten as a junior, before turning pro. Originally a walk-on, Conklin plays like it with a nasty on-field demeanor and a technically refined game. He tested out better than expected in Indy, running 5.0-flat with 25 bench-press reps despite vines for arms (35"). Conklin is the classic case of a tackle prospect who could hold his own on the left side in the pros, but potentially become a Pro Bowl right tackle.
Apr 28 - 9:10 PM

The New York Daily News' Gary Myers reports the Giants will "for sure" select an offensive tackle at No. 10 and it "looks like (Michigan State OT) Jack Conklin."

Nobody can quite get a finger on what the Giants are up to. For a spell, they were thought to be leaning receiver at 10. For another spell, it was Ezekiel Elliott. Earlier this week, it was Myles Jack. Then, the report that Jack was off their board and Leonard Floyd was the target. Now, the team might be thinking offensive line, a sore spot. Giants GM Jerry Reese was aggressive in free agency and is entering this year's draft with his mind open.
Apr 28 - 5:17 PM

The Browns are interested in Michigan State QB Connor Cook if they trade out of the No. 8 pick, according to Alex Marvez.

The selection would be in the later part of round one. The Browns have now been linked to Paxton Lynch and Cook, among others, at the quarterback position. It seems like a strong possibility that the Browns trade back again, as "analytical studies" might point to more picks leading to more success.
Apr 27 - 11:15 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora ran a mock draft with an NFL scout who projected Michigan State QB Connor Cook to be selected by the Chiefs at No. 28.

Very cool exercise by La Canfora, who puts a spin on the typical mock draft by drawing it up through the eyes of his trusted scout. La Canfora wrote of Cook-to-the-Chiefs, "We're playing a hunch here. Plenty of teams have a first-round grade on him." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein is likewise of the opinion that, despite a tumultuous process, Cook could be a first-rounder. Interestingly, La Canfora's scouting source pegs Cook to be drafted before Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. He sees Lynch falling to the Broncos at No. 31.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 26 - 10:56 PM

Michigan State's Connor Cook was voted quarterback most likely to bust in a poll of 17 NFL scouts conducted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

"He's certainly not a front-line starter that can win you games," one NFL exec said, comparing Cook to Kyle Orton. Cook's six votes just edged out Paxton Lynch's five for the (dis)honor, with Christian Hackenberg coming in third with three votes. "Like to have a better work ethic out of a quarterback," an AFC scout added about Cook. "He liked to hit the streets and chase."
Apr 25 - 5:37 PM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco referred to Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun as "pretty much a one-dimensional player."

Prisco actually called Calhoun "one-dimensional" in a complimentary sense, including him on his "Better-Than Team," which runs through the analyst's favorite under-valued prospects in this draft class. "With teaching, he could be a nice pass rusher on the next level," he concluded. PFF is of a similar mind when it comes to the 6-foot-4, 251-pounder, writing in late March that even if his all-around game is somewhat neutered, he could find early NFL success on obvious passing downs.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 7:42 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline hears that the Browns will consider Michigan State T Jack Conklin at No. 8.

"The team desperately needs a right tackle," Pauline wrote, "and they met with Conklin extensively during Michigan State's [P]ro [D]ay." The Titans are another outfit who could be in play for the 6-foot-6, 308-pounder. At pick No. 15, Tennessee might need to trade up if they want a legitimate shot at Conklin. He has worked himself into the top-10 conversation at this point.
Apr 23 - 4:33 PM

An NFL scout who spoke with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said, "The more you watch that guy [Michigan State T Jack Conklin], he's the entire package."

"What Conklin ran shocked the heck out of me," the scout said of the 6-foot-6, 308-pounder's 4.99-second jaunt through the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. "He might end up being the best (tackle) because he's so tough. I've got nothing negative about him. Whatever he does, I think he gives you 100%." Another scout who spoke with the Journal-Sentinel indicated that they like Conklin for his potential draft slot value, noting that "[f]or the third tackle off the board you're going to get a great pick." That is working off the assumption that Conklin will actually be the third tackle selected behind Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil and Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley. He could even find himself drafted before Stanley, something that both ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay projected in mock drafts this week. NFL Media's Chad Reuter is of the opinion that Conklin is as safe a prospect as there is in this draft
Apr 23 - 3:28 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein believes Michigan State QB Connor Cook may get taken in the first round.

This qualifies as a hot take, especially in lieu of the beating Cook has taken in recent weeks in the media. Zierlein believes that since quarterbacks will go 1-2, Paxton Lynch is going to get taken earlier that previously assumed. Once he's off the board, QB-desperate teams will jockey for Cook's services. "Cook could become a Denver Bronco, where he'd fit into Gary Kubiak's scheme," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 23 - 1:33 PM

An anonymous NFL scout said "you can have" Michigan State WR Aaron Burbridge.

"You can have him," another scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "Drops too many footballs. Why do you think the quarterback (Connor Cook) struggled a little bit this year? He had receivers that dropped balls." Burbridge did post an outstanding 85-1,258-7 line last fall. And while the drops late in the year are concerning, he was one of the best in college football last fall at hauling in back shoulder throws. "Physical," said another scout. "Strong hands. Had some drops latter part of the season. Had a great pro day. Not a burner. Less than 9-inch hands (8 ¼), and that always scares you."
Apr 22 - 8:10 PM


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