2019 NFL Draft Will Be Loaded With Spartans

2019 NFL Draft Will Be Loaded With Spartans

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2019 NFL Draft Will Be Loaded With Spartans

Streak will extend to 79 straight years with at least one Spartan selected in the NFL Draft a year from now due to a loaded batch of NFL-worthy players.

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The scuttlebutt surrounding the 2018 NFL Draft is still very much on the front pages and it remains one of the hotter topics amongst football-crazed fans and media.

And despite a minimal amount of players that appeared to be locks for draft selection spots, Michigan State extended its amazing streak to 78 straight years with at least one Spartan being selected when the Los Angeles Rams selected Brian Allen in the fourth round.

Chris Frey then signed as a free agent with the Carolina Panthers and Michigan State will likely have as many as 30 former Spartans playing in the NFL when the season starts later this year.

But it’s never too early to take a peek ahead and see what sort of Spartan presence there will be in next year’s draft.

The streak will safely extend to an astonishing 79 straight years a year from now thanks to a bevy of Spartans who are already on draft boards anywhere and everywhere.

Michigan State will enter the 2018 season as a favorite to compete for the Big Ten Championship and is a legitimate contender for its second College Football Playoff.

That’s due to a roster that is filled with monsters and studs and speedsters and killers.

And when the 2018 season concludes, there is a relatively meaningful group of Juniors who will have the opportunity to make a decision on whether to come back to Michigan State for their Senior year or leave school early and see how things go for them in the NFL Draft.

It’s hard for us to put the rickshaw before the panther because the excitement about the possibilities for the 2018 season is, indeed, substantial.

But, for a moment, let’s go ahead and put that rickshaw before the panther and take a look at the Spartans who will be on every NFL team’s board when it’s time to examine the college football player marketplace in advance of the Draft.

SENIORS

Felton Davis, WR

LJ Scott, RB

Jake Hartbarger, P

Khari Willis, SS

Matt Sokol, TE

Andrew Dowell, OLB

Grayson Miller, SS

David Beedle, OG

JUNIORS

Brian Lewerke, QB

Raequan Williams, DT

Joe Bachie, LB

David Dowell, FS

Justin Layne, CB

It says here that Felton Davis will be no worse than a third rounder and may even play himself into a first rounder due to his size, athleticism, and ability to be a possession receiver in the clutch.  His hair also will drive his stock up considerably.

It also says here that after a season with more than 1200 yards rushing and no more than two fumbles, LJ Scott will be no worse than a third rounder.

The sleeper of this bunch is Khari Willis.  When NFL teams and media experts find out who he is, he’ll have put himself in position to be a potential first rounder.  He’ll benefit, deservedly so, from Trae Waynes and Darqueze Dennard and the overall respect the NFL has for the way Mark Dantonio develops defensive secondary players.

Of the Juniors, Raequan Williams strikes me as the likeliest to make the leap.  At 6’4″ and 295 pounds, it’s fair to say that the man is large.  And an NFL team will see the size and the way it combines with a surprisingly athletic ability and he’ll look like the specially-crafted Tiramisu on the dessert tray at your fancy steakhouse.

If Joe Bachie leaves Michigan State a year early for the NFL Draft, I will make a commitment to the readers of SpartansWire that both my son and I will wear SCUBA suits on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 for the Michigan State season opener against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

As for Brian Lewerke, I’ll pay for seven week’s worth of hot dogs with sauerkraut and a nightly serving of three Sesame & Popcorn Daiquiri drinks at The Peanut Barrel if he leaves early.

The final analysis here is that next year’s NFL Draft will include a healthy does of Green & White.

 

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