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2018 Michigan State prospect primer

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2018 Michigan State prospect primer

Below are notable Michigan State prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. Spartans fans have to hope the team recaptures some of their 2013-2015 magic: Michigan State lost more games last year (3-9 record) than the previous three seasons combined (36-5)! The loss of senior leadership was felt in 2016 but the Spartans lost a lot of starters defensively from last year as well.


Running Back L.J. Scott – 6010, 231 – Junior

Scott is a big bodied runner who shows a lot of impressive north/south running skill. While he had a slide in touchdowns as a sophomore, it’s difficult to hold that against him as the same could be said for the entire offense. Scott averaged nearly 6 yards per touch on 194 total touches from scrimmage and figures to be the focal point of the Michigan State offense this upcoming season.

Center Brian Allen – 6020, 305 – Senior

Allen is the experienced rock in the middle of Michigan State’s offensive line. No, he does not possess overwhelming power or road grading traits. But he will help hold together a unit that features two sophomore and a freshman this upcoming year.


Fighting Irish quarterback DeShone Kizer (14)battles with Michigan State Spartans linebacker Chris Frey (23).

Defensive Linemen Demetrius Cooper – 6060, 253 – Redshirt Senior

Cooper doesn’t have high end twitch or burst, but that isn’t to say he doesn’t have a role as a defensive end at the next level. Cooper has good awareness of blocking along the point of attack and flashed some nifty initial counters to win rushes early on in his attack. That will be essential to him offering quality pass rush reps; as his physical skills do not appear to regularly mask losses at first contact. For example, Notre Dame’s OT Mike McGlinchey gave Cooper all he could handle last season.

Off Ball Linebacker Chris Frey – 6020, 233 – Senior

Frey plays like a wild man; a hot motor is his signature calling card. Frey is regarded as one of the team leaders entering this season, thanks in part to his breakout season in 2016; when he eclipsed the century mark in tackles.

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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