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Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun is "overrated" and a certainty to get over-drafted, postulates TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Shockingly, the analyst grades Calhoun, who some see as a first-round lock, as a third-rounder. "Many salivate over Calhoun but I just don’t know where he lines up at the next level," Pauline wrote. "He’s small for defensive end and lacks the speed for outside linebacker. Calhoun will be over drafted due to his pass rushing skills." The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, reportedly received a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee after last season.
Aug 1 - 3:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline disagrees with NFL scouts who grade Michigan State redshirt senior DT Joel Heath as a late-round pick.

"He offers size, growth potential and plays strong football," Pauline wrote. "Heath is equally adept at making plays on the ball handler as well as occupying blockers to create opportunities for teammates. I’m told scouts stamped Heath as a late rounder but I believe he’s middle round worthy and potentially a top 125 player should he turn in a productive senior campaign." The former defensive end moved to tackle in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 296-pounder posted career highs in tackles (29), TFL (five for 22 yards) and sacks (2.5 for 19 yards) last year.
Jul 31 - 8:59 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin is a "sure fire first round pick and top 20 selection," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"He possesses the size, temperament and intelligence to be an immediate starter at the next level," Pauline wrote. "I also believe Conklin can line-up at left tackle on Sunday’s." That last assertion is something to monitor this fall in draft circles. Many believe Conklin can remain at tackle, but some, like With the First Pick's Jon Dove, believe Conklin will have move to the guard position (Dove still grades him as a first-rounder).
Jul 31 - 7:23 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline considers Michigan State senior QB Connor Cook "overrated."

If we respect Pauline for one thing, it's that he doesn't follow the herd. While Cook is a top-three overall prospect on some experts' boards heading into the year -- CBS Sports grades him 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 -- Pauline grades him as a ho-hum second-rounder. "Cook has the physical skills to start on the NFL level but makes to many head scratching throws which is worrisome," he wrote. "I don’t feel he’s worthy of being a top 15 choice as many predict."
Jul 31 - 4:56 PM

Former Ohio State WR Frank Epitropoulos will walk-on at Michigan State.

Epitropoulos was part of the 2012 recruiting class but saw very little action in 2013. He then left last August to focus on his pre-med degree. The receiver hopes to work towards a scholarship with the Spartans.
Jul 29 - 9:57 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl is "highly impressed" with Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin.

Weidl calls Conklin "naturally powerful" and he loves the offensive tackle's toughness and finish in the running game. Many suggested Conklin enter the 2015 NFL Draft, but Conklin and many of the other Spartans returned to school for one more run. Conklin might be a better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.
Jul 28 - 9:28 AM

Michigan State junior RB Delton Williams will officially rejoin the football team in mid-August.

He will be a non-scholarship athlete. Williams was suspended last spring after brandishing a firearm in public and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge. The school opens practice on August 8, and Williams return August 14. He was the school's third leading rusher last year, but the Spartans are still looking to replace Jeremy Langford.
Jul 28 - 8:42 AM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun "would have factored into the first round in 2015," reports ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"Calhoun is an edge-rusher who can also hold the point and not get pushed backward," Kiper wrote. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year. "He could be stronger, but you don't want to give away the ability to bend and turn the corner upfield, either," Kiper wrote. The scribe grades Calhoun as the No. 3 senior defensive end prospect in the nation.
Jul 20 - 10:17 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown labeled Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin as "one of the biggest recruiting steals you'll see."

Indeed, Conklin was ignored by evaluators in high school and arrived on campus as a walk-on. "Now he's one of the most reliable pass blockers in the nation and a potential first-round pick," Brown wrote. "He's allowed only 2 ½ sacks in his career, playing a big role for a line that allowed only 11 sacks in 13 games and paved the way for 100-plus yards for tailback Jeremy Langford in 16 straight Big Ten games." The analyst ranks Conklin as the No. 4 offensive lineman in the country. The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Conklin has started the last 23 games at left tackle.
Jul 19 - 4:50 PM

Michigan State senior OLB Ed Davis is a "versatile linebacker who can play inside, rush from off the edge, blitz and cover ground in space," NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein reports.

"He's a great team player who is willing to maintain his run fits and stuff the gaps in order to spill runs outside. Those plays don't show up on stat sheets, but coaches love them," Zierlein wrote. In 40 career games, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Davis has recorded 80 tackles, with 16.5 for losses and 11 sacks. As a junior, Davis earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors, posting 58 tackles, 12 TFL and seven sacks in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 2:10 PM

With the First Pick's Jon Dove has Michigan State redshirt junior T Jack Conklin "rated as a first round prospect but only at the guard position."

"He lacks the change of direction and foot speed to hold up at tackle in the NFL," Dove wrote. "Conklin will struggle protecting the quarterback against the elite athletes at the next level. However, his ability as a run blocker and toughness means he has a future at guard." The 6-foot-6, 318-pound Conklin played 868 snaps in the 2014 regular season and only gave up 2.5 sacks. "Conklin uses his heavy hands, natural strength and leverage to consistently generate a push off the line," Dove wrote. "He’s also a solid that may struggle protecting the quarterback in space but is more than capable of handling the interior pass rush."
Jul 13 - 8:06 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior edge player Shilique Calhoun was "a bit overrated at first, but he has grown into one of the nation's best defensive ends -- with plenty of untapped potential still," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

"Calhoun generated a lot of attention early in 2013 when he out-scored a struggling Spartans offense himself, with three defensive touchdowns in the team's first two games," Brown wrote. "He returned for his senior season despite the loss of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. He has the quickness and speed off the edge to help ease the transition of a new-look secondary behind him." The scribe ranks him as the No. 6 defensive tackle in the country. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Calhoun, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick, recorded eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss last year.
Jul 12 - 8:19 PM

ESPN's Brian Bennett thinks Michigan State senior WR Aaron Burbridge is set to become the Spartans' top aerial target in 2015.

Tony Lippett was one of two 1,000-yard receivers in the Big Ten last year. He and Keith Mumphery are both now in the NFL, giving Burbridge a great chance to ascend to "go-to receiver" status. "Perhaps Burbridge can fill it as the new No. 1 receiver," Bennett wrote. "He’ll need to take a major step forward after registering just 29 catches for 358 yards in ’14, but he is skilled and has Connor Cook throwing him the ball."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 3:59 PM

Of Michigan State sophomore DE Malik McDowell, defensive line coach Ron Burton said after spring ball: "We expect him to dominate."

The ace recruit finished with 15 tackles, 4 1/2 TFL and 1 1/2 sacks in a rotational role as a true freshman. "Now, however, the 6-foot-6, 285-pound sophomore will become a prominent part of a loaded defensive line alongside Shilique Calhoun, Lawrence Thomas and Joel Heath -- a group that will be among the best in the country, despite the departure of coordinator Pat Narduzzi," wrote Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.
Jul 9 - 9:27 PM

Michigan State senior OLB Ed Davis' "game is attacking the line of scrimmage like a battering ram, taking on blocks and blowing up gaps to disrupt the offensive gameplan," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Davis is at his best downhill (12.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks in 2014), initiating contact and delivering a blow with terrific take-on strength. He has some stiffness in the open field and needs a moment to collect himself when changing directions," Brugler wrote. In his time as a Spartan, the 6-foot-3, 233-pound Davis has recorded 80 tackles, with 16.5 for losses and 11 sacks. As a junior, Davis earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 8 - 2:07 PM


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