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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

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah likes Michigan State CB Trae Waynes more than any corner in the 2014 class.

The corners selected in the 2014 first-round include Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby and Jason Verrett. Jimmie Ward could be considered a slot corner as well. "Size, speed, tough, instinctive," Jeremiah said of Waynes after watching three games. Waynes played with Darqueze Dennard during his time with the Spartans.
Jan 9 - 1:06 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "sports a lanky frame but doesn't shy from contact and has the fluidity, acceleration and poise when the ball is in the air to handle man coverage duties in the NFL," observed CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Waynes finished with 46 tackles and 11 passes broken up on the year, adding three interceptions. ESPN's Todd McShay recently slotted him to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 20 in a mock draft, writing 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."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 3:06 PM

Michigan State junior CB Trae Waynes "will hit it out of the park in Indianapolis," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"I’m told the junior should break into the 4.3’s when (if) he runs the forty the final week of February," Pauline wrote. Waynes announced over the weekend that he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. 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. Rated as one of the class' best cover men, Waynes is likely to be a first-round pick.
Jan 6 - 1:07 PM

Michigan State redshirt sophomore OT Jack Conklin is "been telling people he will return for another season," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

If this report is true, it's outstanding news for the Spartans and returning starting QB Connor Cook. Conklin is a massive 6-foot-5, 326-pound specimen. The former walk-on redshirted his first season and has been starting ever since. Last month, Pauline reported that "Conklin would prefer to stay in college and it's outside influences (aka agents) who are pushing him towards opting for the draft. 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."
Jan 3 - 5:30 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that Michigan State redshirt junior edge rusher Shilique Calhoun was "flummoxed" after receiving a Round 2 grade from the advisory committee.

"[He] was flummoxed as he fully expected to be stamped as a first rounder despite a disappointing campaign," Pauline wrote. "Word is Calhoun is still undecided as to whether or not he’ll enter the draft." Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reported similarly the day after Christmas, writing that there's an "awfully good chance" the Spartan stays in school for another year. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder has first-round talent, but didn't have the best season.
Jan 3 - 3:31 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior WR Tony Lippett's "pro future could lie" on defense, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"Unlike most athletes with his height, the 6-foot-3, 190 pound Lippett is a fluid athlete, capable of changing directions and accelerating smoothly to handle coverage responsibilities. Given the way the value teams are placing on long, lanky cornerbacks in today's NFL, Lippett's pro future could lie on that side of the ball," Rang wrote. 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." Rang adds that Lippett "emerged as the Big Ten's top receiver this season but with 2015 again projecting as a very strong year for receivers (and relatively weak at cornerback), Lippett's versatility won't be lost on scouts."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 2 - 2:26 PM

When forced to move his feet, Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook's accuracy plummeted against Baylor, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

"When forced to move his feet, however, Cook's accuracy plummeted.He threw several early passes into the turf and air-mailed many others on Michigan State's game-winning drive before finally hitting Macgarrett Kings, Jr on a perfectly-thrown post with just 17 seconds remaining to lead the Spartans to an improbable comeback," Rang wrote. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound Cook struggled through the first three quarters in the Cotton Bowl, throwing two picks and no scores. The Spartans prospect tends to drop his eyes and get frenetic with his movement rather than displaying poise and positive eye level, however, Cooks will have one more year to refine his skill-set as a Senior. Cook announced before the game that he will return to school for the 2015 season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 2 - 2:10 PM


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