Spartans Finish Strong In NFL Draft

Following the first-round selection of Trae Waynes, Michigan State found a few other Spartans selected by NFL teams before the draft ended.

As one of only five schools to have had at least one player chosen every year since the inception of the common NFL Draft in 1967, Michigan State products found other teams interested in former Spartans after the first-round selection of Trae Waynes by the Minnesota Vikings.

Here is a look at each Spartan drafted over the past three days of the NFL Draft.

Trae Waynes – CB – Round 1 – No. 11 overall by Minnesota

On paper it looks like Waynes found the perfect fit as Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has shown over the years to love corners that can play press coverage. Waynes was expected to go in the first round after a solid Spartans career running a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine and was not disappointed. Teams loved his length and ability to go man-to-man. Must work on not using hands to grab as much as he was allowed at MSU.

Jeremy Langford – RB - Round 4 – No. 106 overall by Chicago

Overshadowed by other running backs in the Big Ten, Langford could become a major surprise for the Bears as he’s proven to be a workhorse back in the Spartans pounding run game. Capable of being a three down back, some may questions his willingness to be physical but those who follow MSU football know the Spartans rushing attack is more physical than most in the college game. Was expected to go in the fourth round and was not disappointed.

Tony Lippett – WR – Round 5 – No. 156 overall by Miami

How much was Lippett hurt with his overall development playing on both sides of the field during his MSU career? Despite splitting time between corner and wide receiver, Lippett went in the round projected by many. His future could be very bright as he’s got deceptive speed (Long-strider) and the physical size needed to excel in the NFL.

Keith Mumphery – WR – Round 5 – No. 175 overall by Houston

The surprised of the Spartans group is Mumphery who went from a free agent prospect to fifth-round selection. To earn his keep at the next level, Mumphery will need to become very valuable on special teams. A physical player, Mumphery used a solid showing at the Spartans Pro-Day by catching the ball to help his stock. Kind of a forgotten player on the Spartans roster but one who could surprise with his toughness.


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