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Recapping MSU in the 2013 NFL Draft

Mark A. Cunningham

Since the inception of the common draft in 1967, seven schools have had a player selected in every NFL Draft: USC, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Nebraska, Michigan and Michigan State.

If you go farther back (using Wiki records), the longest streaks belong to Texas, USC and U-M (1939), MSU (1941), Florida (1952), Nebraska (1960) and Tennessee (1962). There used to be 20+ rounds, but there used to be fewer teams. So that's pretty good company.

MSU had three players selected in the 2013 draft

Le'Veon Bell - Second round, Pittsburgh Steelers

Dion Sims - Fourth round, Miami Dolphins

William Gholston - Fourth round, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

It was a surprise to see Johnny Adams go undrafted, but he was one of a few Spartans to sign as undrafted free agents.

Johnny Adams - Houston Texans

Chris McDonald - New England Patriots (Chris' brother Nick is a guard for the Pats)

Mitchell White - Oakland Raiders

Larry Caper - Oakland Raiders

Anthony Rashad White - Pittsburgh Steelers.


Over the past two years, MSU has had nine players drafted, which is tied for the most in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. The nine picks are the most for MSU since 2000-01.

Looking ahead to next year, seniors Max Bullough, Isaiah Lewis, Darqueze Dennard, Fou Fonoti and Denicos Allen all look like possible draft candidates, some more likely than others. Things won't be slowing down.