I’ll be honest here, I’m a huge fan of Jacoby Windmon. The UNLV product had a quiet, yet somewhat productive, first two seasons with the Rebels in 2019 and 2020, totaling 50 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, three pass deflections, and a forced fumble.
In his third season, he really became a star. In fact, he finished with 119 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a pass breakup, and two forced fumbles. And then his stock skyrocketed.
Now he comes to Michigan State as a projected backup to Cal Haladay but he could also push for a starting spot beside him. Michigan State’s 4-2-5 defense doesn’t really play to the Spartans’ strengths in the middle of the defense at the linebacker position, but as we saw last year, they could use all the help they can get in the defensive backfield.
Windmon could be the perfect blitz package linebacker as he provides plenty of athleticism and speed at the position and he has everything you want in a linebacker.
He was All-Mountain West with UNLV and he could play his way into All-Big Ten consideration in 2022.
Aaron Brule could very well be in this spot as well.