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Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun told reports that it's "not definite that I'm leaving."

The full quote: "It's not definite that I'm leaving, honestly. You definitely shouldn't just write it off like that (that he has decided he's leaving). I don't know. It hasn't been really in my thoughts all year. I'm not going to let it take hold of me now." Calhoun is rated by some as a first-round pick. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder started the season slow after facing consistent double teams. Evaluators aren't concerned about him, however.
Source: MLive.com
Dec 19 - 8:45 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay has Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes landing with the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 in his latest mock draft.

"The Eagles have been better on defense this season, but cornerback remains a position of need and Waynes would be a good fit," wrote McShay. The Spartans prospect has started in 26 consecutive games for Michigan State, and has totaled 98 tackles, six interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 35 career games. McShay notes that Waynes "has good length and speed for the corner position, and he's a sure tackler who isn't afraid to come up and assist in run support. His field awareness is very impressive as well."
Source: NJ.com
Dec 18 - 2:50 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes is expected to declare for the draft and has met with potential agents, according to Yahoo! Sports.

"He is collectively projected by draftniks as either a first-round or early second-round pick," wrote Rand Getlin. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder, who is able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do, is rated as one of the class' best cover men. Michigan State plays Baylor on Jan. 1 in the Cotton Bowl. The deadline for underclassmen to declare early is Jan. 15.
Dec 18 - 1:01 PM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook will return to school for the 2015 season, according to ESPN and the AP.

Cook says he has "unfinished business" at Michigan State that needs to be taken care of next season. We have heard this line before. Cook has a very talented arm and is willing to test coverage downfield. However, hopefully Cook improves how well he handles a muddied pocket and bodies around him. Cook tends to drop his eyes and get frenetic with his movement rather than displaying poise and positive eye level. He is in the running to be the top quarterback in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Source: ESPN
Dec 16 - 4:49 PM

Michigan State senior ILB Taiwan Jones accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Jones has been overlooked throughout his career, though that's begun to change. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder provides great positional versatility, as he's proven adept both inside and outside, and moves well for a defender his size. 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.
Dec 11 - 1:02 AM

An NFC East scout says Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio is playing redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett at cornerback "because he thinks he is legit at the position and as good as Chris Gamble."

Gamble played both ways for Dantonio when the latter was defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2001-2003. "The interesting wrinkle has come late in the season as Dantonio has asked Lippett to play on both sides of the ball for the first time since Lippett's freshman season," noted NFL.com. "As a cornerback, Lippett was targeted eight times for just 13 yards and three passes defensed. Scouts are excited to watch Lippett play both receiver and cornerback at the Senior Bowl practices, but they still see him as a wide receiver in the NFL." Lippett broke out as a receiver this year, averaging 18.7 yards per catch with 1,124 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He's just the fourth Spartan to record at least 50 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 10 - 9:01 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Keith Mumphery accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

A three-year starter as Michigan State's flanker, Mumphery ranks fifth on the team with 22 receptions for 408 yards (18.5 YPR) and two touchdowns. He's going to have to impress a team to get drafted, but it seems that he'll be fine even if football isn't in his future. Mumphery was nominated for the Allstate Good Works Team for his community service involvement, is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, and serves as one of the football team's representatives on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Dec 10 - 7:08 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook could get enticed into entering the draft early.

"Somebody will get to him and tell him that Jameis Winston will fall in the draft once people continue to do background work on him," said the scout. "I'd feel much more comfortable taking (Cook) in the second round but the (NFL) coaches are going to love him. He's big and has a strong arm and a quick release and he's very smart. Just not a very accurate quarterback." ESPN's Mel Kiper believes Cook "has a legit chance to go in Round 1" if he declares early. The junior has maintained he'll return to school for his senior season, but we won't know for sure until mid-January.
Dec 10 - 1:03 AM

Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook "has a legit chance to go in Round 1" if he declares early, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

"He's behind three other likely draft entrants at QB on my board, so there's no guarantee for Round 1," the venerable analyst wrote. "Cook is a talent, but he has work to do in multiple areas. If he leaves this year, he risks falling into Round 2 if he's not great during the draft process. And he doesn't look like a player who's ready to start as a rookie. If he returns, he could make more money down the road." We agree entirely with this assessment. The junior has said he's likely to return for his senior season, a move we think is in his best interest.
Dec 9 - 5:38 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore OT Jack Conklin is "weighing his options," with regards to the draft, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"As I hear it Conklin would also prefer to stay in college and its outside influences (aka agents) who are pushing him towards opting for the draft," Pauline wrote. "Most scouts feel Conklin, who lines up at left tackle for the Spartans but is better suited for the right side at the next level, could move from third round prospect in 2015 to the first round in 2016 if he sticks around MSU for another season." Conklin is a massive 6-foot-5, 326-pound specimen. The former walk-on redshirted his first season and has been starting ever since.
Dec 8 - 6:42 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranks Michigan State edge rusher Shilique Calhoun as the No. 20 overall prospect on his updated big board.

Calhoun is "just constantly in the backfield creating pressure and allowing others to make plays," Kiper writes. We do not think Calhoun will test overly well in terms of lateral agility scores, however, Kiper calls attention to his upfield quickness and "lanky" build.
Source: ESPN
Dec 4 - 12:10 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl.

Lippett has posted 1,124 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season. He's just the fourth Spartan to record at least 50 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single season. MSU coach Mark Dantonio played the 6-foot-2, 189-pound Lippett at corner in the team's past few games in order to improve his draft stock, though we think Lippett will do just fine as an NFL receiver. Certainly his appeal would rise if he shows coaches an ability to cover at the Senior Bowl.
Source: Senior Bowl
Dec 3 - 12:06 AM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes intercepted a ball in Saturday's win against Penn State.

Waynes now has three interceptions on the season. A few weeks back, he said he was "not really focused" on whether he'd return for his senior season, though sources suggest he's being cagey. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, for instance, reported last month that Waynes was "expected to enter the draft," and that Waynes' family members were already vetting agents. The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder is able to jockey with receivers down the field in a way that shorter corners are sometimes physically unable to do. He could go in the latter stages of Round 1 if he bolts school early.
Dec 2 - 7:50 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett caught four passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Penn State.

Lippett also started at cornerback, a move which coach Mark Dantonio said was intended to aid Lippett's draft stock. If he can show scouts during the postseason circuit that he could indeed handle corner at the next level, Lippett's appeal would become that much more pronounced. We already know he's a productive and technically sound (he's one of the best route runners in all of college football) receiver (1,124 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns this season). As a corner, he'd have outstanding size at 6-foot-2, 189 pounds and ridiculous ball skills. He's a player to watch in the months leading up to the draft.
Dec 2 - 7:21 PM

Michigan State senior RB Jeremy Langford rushed 30 times for 118 yards and a pair of scores in Saturday's victory versus Penn State.

Langford has now rushed for more than 100 yards in 15 straight Big Ten games. The 6-foot, 206-pounder has collected 1,360 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on 203 carries this season. He's a tough runner who can create yards on his own, but has in the past struggled with a perplexing issue of converting in short-yard situations.
Dec 2 - 7:07 PM


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