#49 Mike Panasiuk
A few weeks ago Spartan Digest would have been very reserved on placing Mike Panasiuk on this list. However, that was before we saw him at the Chicago Opening and saw the gains in physical size that he’s made over the past year. Because of the issues on the Spartans depth-chart, Ron Burton will be looking for guys to plug in and take reps. Panasiuk could we be one of those guys Burton turns to.
A year ago Panasiuk was looking to get ready for The Opening after earning a spot. A solid senior season saw Scout rank him as a three-star defensive tackle (No. 33 overall at position) and a major recruiting get for the Michigan State Spartans.
WHY HE MADE THE COUNTDOWN
You’ll hear us continue to talk about players coming in from the Class of 2016 from the defensive front four as depth is a real issue heading into the season. Panasiuk now has the size and there is no mistaking he’s got the toughness to take the field early and compete. It will be interesting to see early in the season what the Spartans choose to do with the Roselle (IL) Lake Park product.