Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 15, 2018


If you want to be a defensive back or a wideout, go to Michigan State. Mark Dantonio?s program has been proficient in producing players at both spots over the last 10 years, with six receivers and six d-backs getting tabbed. On the other end of the spectrum, MSU has had just one linebacker taken since 2008: Greg Jones in 2011.

This year?s draft doesn?t figure to be too productive for the Spartans, who lost just three starters on both sides of the ball (one on offense and two on defense) from last year?s surprising 10-win team. What?s it mean? Michigan State probably will have just one pick in the 2018 NFL draft: C Brian Allen, who figures at best to be a late-round selection.

Here is a look at the last year NFL drafts for Michigan State.


Highest pick: OT Jack Conklin, 8th overall/Titans, 2016

Most fertile draft: 2012, six selections

Total first-round selections: 3

Total picks: 28

Position breakdown:

  • Receiver: 6
  • Defensive back: 6
  • Defensive line: 5
  • Running back: 4
  • Offensive line: 2
  • Quarterback: 2
  • Tight end: 2
  • Linebacker: 1


  • Second round: WR Devin Thomas, Redskins
  • Fifth round: TE Kellen Davis, Bears
  • Seventh round: DE Ervin Baldwin, Bears


  • Fifth round: RB Javon Ringer, Titans


  • Seventh round: DB Jeremy Ware, Raiders


  • Sixth round: LB Greg Jones, Giants
  • Sixth round: DB Chris Rucker, Colts


  • Second round: DE Jerel Worthy, Packers
  • Fourth round: QB Kirk Cousins, Redskins
  • Fourth round: WR Keshawn Martin, Texans
  • Sixth round: FS Trenton Robinson, 49ers
  • Sixth round: WR B.J. Cunningham, Dolphins
  • Seventh round: RB Edwin Baker, Chargers


  • Second round: RB Le?Veon Bell, Steelers
  • Fourth round: DE William Gholston, Buccaneers
  • Fourth round: TE Dion Sims, Dolphins


  • First round: CB Darqueze Dennard, Bengals


  • First round: CB Trae Waynes, Vikings
  • Fourth round: RB Jeremy Langford, Bears
  • Fifth round: WR Tony Lippett, Dolphins
  • Fifth round: WR Keith Mumphery, Texans


  • First round: OT Jack Conklin, Titans
  • Third round: DE Shilique Calhoun, Raiders
  • Fourth round: QB Connor Cook, Raiders
  • Sixth round: WR Aaron Burbridge, 49ers
  • Seventh round: G Donavon Clark, Chargers


  • Second round: DT Malik McDowell, Seahawks
  • Fourth round: S Montae Nicholson, Redskins