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Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond "is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Cornerback Trae Waynes, who might be the first corner drafted in April, gets most of the attention in the Spartans’ secondary. But Drummond is the defensive back getting defenders lined up and covering every inch of the field. He is extremely active with heady anticipation to close quickly near the line of scrimmage and as a deep cover man," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond, was a three-year starter and the Spartans' co-captain was also one of the leading tacklers for the team this season. Brugler observes that when the play is in front of Drummond, "he can diagnose and attack, but when the ball gets behind him and he’s forced to turn his back to the line of scrimmage, Drummond struggles to get his head turned and locate the ball."
Jan 30 - 4:04 PM

Michigan State CB Trae Waynes moved from No. 26 to 20 on Todd McShay's Big Board.

"Waynes has good length and speed for the cornerback position, and is at his best in a press-man or Cover 2 role," McShay wrote. "He has above-average field awareness and can track the ball well and maintain good position in coverage. He's also willing to come up in run support and is a sure open-field tackler." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Waynes is better than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard, and NFL Media colleague Daniel Jeremiah does him one better. Jeremiah prefers Waynes to any corner in the 2014 class, a group including first-rounders Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, the aforementioned Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett.
Jan 29 - 5:49 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes is better than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard.

"He's very good in press coverage and run support and has very good ball skills," Brandt wrote. "I think he's a better player than former Spartans CB Darqueze Dennard, who was picked in the first round last year by Cincinnati. Expect Waynes to start as a rookie and contribute." Waynes finished his career having started 27 consecutive games. He posted six interceptions and 13 pass breakups over the past two years. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this month that he likes Waynes more than any corner in the 2014 class, a group that includes first-rounders Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, the aforementioned Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 29 - 12:14 AM

An NFL scout told CFB 24/7 that Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond quietly had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl.

The scout added that Drummond showed strong instincts in tracking deeper passes. Unfortunately for the Spartan prospect, Drummond suffered a strained hamstring suffered during practice, preventing him from playing on Saturday. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond is one of the draft's best senior safeties.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 27 - 9:14 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage "was impressed" with Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford as a receiver and his "make-miss ability."

"I was impressed with Jeremy Langford in terms of the two days of practice, and as a receiver he had some make-miss ability," Savage said. "He may end up being a fifth- or sixth-round pick because of the nature of the position, but as far as the value, I saw him as a third- or fourth-rounder." The 6-foot, 206-pounder, a tough runner who can create yards on his own, collected 1,522 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on 230 carries this season. Savage adds that Langford "could get on the field in those sub situations or pass situations, and "will find a place in the NFL." Langford currently projects as a mid-round pick, though this year's stacked RB class could push him to Day 3.
Source: Mlive.com
Jan 27 - 3:07 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage notes that Michigan State senior S Kurtis Drummond "had a better junior year than senior year."

"With Kurtis Drummond, people that watched the tape felt he had a better junior year than senior year,'' Savage said. "He's been good, though I don't know that he's been great. I don't see every single rep during the practice. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Drummond, is arguably one of the top senior prospects at the free safety position for the 2015 draft class. Drummond, a three-year starter and Michigan State co-captain was also one of the leading tacklers for the Spartans this season. Drummond strained his hamstring last Thursday, but believed that he got what he needed out of the Senior Bowl practices. Savage added that Drummond's Senior Bowl week was "good", but wasn't "great."
Source: Mlive.com
Jan 27 - 2:41 PM

Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage mentioned that "teams might dabble around at Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett's pro day and want to look at him as a corner."

"He stayed at wide receiver this week, because with only three days of practice, you'd end up splitting the reps in practice,'' Savage said. "I do think that teams might dabble around at his pro day and want to look at him as a corner." The Michigan State prospect worked exclusively at receiver during the Senior Bowl practices last week. The Spartans prospect finished with 1,198 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season. An NFC East scout said Spartans HC Mark Dantonio is playing Lippett at cornerback "because he thinks he is legit at the position and as good as Chris Gamble."
Source: Mlive.com
Jan 27 - 2:33 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett "could be a No. 4 WR in the NFL, but he should be a Day 3 pick, not the second- or third-round pick he has been mentioned as," wrote Scout's Inc.

"He is a guy who had a quick rise this season, standing out on tape for making a lot of contested catches, demonstrating good body control and ball skills to win 50-50 balls against defensive backs," wrote Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl. "We didn't see any of that ability from Lippett this week as he faced better competition at cornerback. Moreover, he didn't show good body control as a route-runner and struggled to separate." The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Lippett finished with 1,198 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this past season. An NFC East scout said Spartans HC Mark Dantonio played Lippett at cornerback late in the year "because he thinks he is legit at the position and as good as Chris Gamble." Scouts don't seem to agree.
Jan 24 - 5:45 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones "is an aggressive thumper who enjoys contact and brings violence to the field."

"His physical presence stood out on the practice field, laying the lumber on several occasions and drawing 'oohs' and 'ahs' from the crowd," Brugler wrote. "Jones will struggle at times with his feel in coverage, but he displayed better than expected range to complement his pursuit speed to both sidelines. He's at his best when the play is in front of him and he can use his aggressive downhill angles to make stops at or behind the line of scrimmage, striking and punishing the ballcarrier at the point of attack." It's not just analysts or onlookers who were taken in by Jones' practice mentality. North Dakota State running back John Crockett said the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Jones impressed him most at East-West Shrine Game practices. "He was hitting out there," Crockett said.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 3:04 PM

Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones "looks like an old-school middle linebacker at 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, but he can run," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He has a suddenness to him that you might not expect from a guy his size," Davis wrote. "Jones definitely brings the thump with him." The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder performed well on both the inside and outside in college. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline loves his run stuffing acumen.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 1:10 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler passes along from the Shrine Game that Michigan State redshirt senior WR Keith Mumphery "has impressed this week with his acceleration off the line of scrimmage and out of his breaks, playing with the field speed to create as a ballcarrier."

"Mumphery is a name worth remembering throughout the process," Brugler added. Mumphrey probably felt a little cold in Tony Lippett's shadow the past few years, but he might just join Lippett as an NFLer this season. The burner posted 26 catches in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 16 - 8:08 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler said Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones "created a little buzz this week" at East-West Shrine Game practices.

"MichiganState MLB Taiwan Jones created a little buzz this week. Physical thumper w/ aggressive downhill angles and pursuit speed," Brugler tweeted. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this season that Jones' draft stock is up due to the ability he's shown as an interior run defender. Pauline gave the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Jones a preseason Round 3 grade.
Jan 16 - 3:18 PM

North Dakota State running back John Crockett said Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones impressed his most at East-West Shrine Game practices.

"The guy who impressed me the most on defense today who I went up against was that linebacker from Michigan State," Crockett said. "He was hitting out there." TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote earlier this season that Jones' draft stock is up due to the ability he's shown as an interior run defender. Pauline ranked Jones, who kicked inside to middle linebacker this fall to replace Max Bullough, as a preseason Round 3 prospect. "In a league that is becoming more and more speed-oriented, Jones is a throwback," NFL.com's Lance Zeirlein wrote. "At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, he brings the hammer with him on every play and is a true 'take-on' linebacker. Dishing out as much and maybe more punishment than he takes from offensive linemen. Personnel men confide that his size and ability against the run will continue to push him up draft boards even if he is a little limited in coverage."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 14 - 7:02 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun "currently lacks the functional strength to guarantee a first round selection, especially in a draft as deep and talented at edge rusher as this one," wrote CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Calhoun announced he would return to campus for his senior season on Sunday, joking that the NFL Advisory Committee told him he'd be the No. 1 overall pick. He wouldn't disclose what he actually heard from the board, though Spartans' head coach Mark D'Antonio said Calhoun was told he was likely to be a Day 1 pick. It's impossible to know if that's actually the case, as TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reported last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the committee. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder posted eight sacks this season and 15.5 sacks, 26.5 TFL, 26 quarterback hurries and three forced fumbles over the past two years. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 12 - 12:49 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun will return to campus for his senior season.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder, who started the season slow due to consistent double teams, posted eight sacks this season. He was ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect on Mel Kiper's latest Big Board. Calhoun's announcement comes on the heels of Tony Pauline's report last week that Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee. He likely would have gone late in Round 1, or early in Round 2. Calhoun joins quarterback Connor Cook in returning to campus, while junior defensive back Trae Waynes opted into the draft.
Jan 11 - 2:53 PM


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