Michigan State Football: 5 players who will be chosen in 2016 NFL Draft

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Oct 18, 2014; Bloomington, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans quarterback Connor Cook (18) rolls out of the pocket as the looks to pass against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

After watching four Spartans get drafted in the 2015 NFL Draft this past weekend, we can’t help but wonder how many will be drafted next year.

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The Michigan State football team was heavily represented in Chicago this past weekend. From Thursday through Saturday, the NFL Draft saw four Spartans chosen while Sunday witnessed 2016 QB commit Messiah deWeaver take home MVP honors at the Chicago Elite 11 event.

Michigan State athletics have been prominent in the news lately for nothing but positive reasons and the draft was the grandaddy of them all.

Taken in the first round with the No. 11 pick, cornerback Trae Waynes became the second player in as many seasons to be drafted on the first day out of Michigan State, following Darqueze Dennard from last year.

Day two saw no Spartans drafted as it was the second and third rounds while day three had three more Michigan State players come off the board. First was running back Jeremy Langford, then Tony Lippett and finally Keith Mumphery.

The real surprises were the guys who weren’t drafted despite previously being thought of as sure-things. One was safety Kurtis Drummond who, at one time, was graded out as a top-three round selection. Next, Marcus Rush went basically unnoticed throughout the draft process despite being dominant in Green & White.

Taiwan Jones, Mike Sadler, Mylan Hicks, Andrew Gleichert, Nick Hill and Travis Jackson all fell short of their goal of being drafted.

Let’s take a look at which MSU players will likely be drafted next season and where they may be chosen in the 2016 NFL Draft.

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