Aug 25, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Keshawn Martin (82) returns a punt against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Former Spartans in the NFL

Aug 19, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (12) on the field before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State has seen a uptick in the number of players drafted into the league over the past few years. Here’s an update on how the former Spartans are doing.

Le’Veon Bell- Bell was drafted in the second round by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2013 NFL Draft. Bell is widely considered to be the leading candidate to be the starter on opening day, but a recent foot injury will likely put that on hold for a few weeks.

Kirk Cousins- Cousins is still the backup QB for the Redskins behind RG3. Cousins has shown that he has what it takes to be a starter in the NFL and will be one of the hottest names on the trade block for teams looking for a QB.

Keshawn Martin- Martin is entering his second season with the Houston Texans, and according to the Texans depth chart on Martin is listed as the starter at wide receiver along side Andre Johnson. In 2012, Martin tallied 10 receptions for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. I think he’ll have a bigger impact this season for the Texans.

Trenton Robinson- Robinson is also entering his second season in the NFL. Robinson is listed 3rd on the depth chart at free safety for the 49ers. Robinson will probably see time on special teams this season.

William Gholston- Gholston was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 4th round of the 2013 draft. So far this preseason, Gholston has tallied 4 tackles, 1 solo and 3 assisted. Gholston will probably spend the season developing and see little time on the field this season.

Dion Sims-  Sims was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 4th round. So far this preseason, Sims has 2 catches for 15 yards. Sims is listed 3rd on the depth chart for the Dolphins according to

Javon Ringer- Ringer was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the 5th round. Ringer did not see much playing time last season with the Titans and is a free agent.

Brian Hoyer- Hoyer signed with the Arizona Cardinals in the off season hoping to take the open qb position, but the Cardinals acquired Carson Palmer from the Raiders, putting Hoyers dreams of being a starter to bed for another season.

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