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Predicting where Michigan State football prospects land in 2023 NFL Draft

The Spartans should have a few players selected.



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The 2023 NFL Draft is on Thursday and there are a few Michigan State football prospects who will be waiting to hear their names called.

It’s that time of year again when we speculate where our favorite Michigan State football players will be selected in the NFL draft.

A couple of years ago, the long streak of having at least one player selected in every NFL draft during the modern era was broken as Shakur Brown slipped and was picked up as an undrafted free agent.

Last year, however, the Spartans had four players drafted. Kenneth Walker III was the first one off the board in the second round to the Seahawks, Jalen Nailor went next in the sixth round to the Vikings, Connor Heyward followed him in the sixth round to the Steelers, and AJ Arcuri went in round seven to the Rams.

Mel Tucker has only coached two legit regular seasons and has had four players selected and is likely to add at least 3-4 to that total this year.

Where do I see Michigan State’s 2023 NFL Draft prospects going this weekend?

Jayden Reed, WR — Round 2

It’s been reported that a number of teams have met with Jayden Reed during the draft process such as the Lions, Jaguars, Texans, Bills, and 49ers. All of those teams could swipe Reed on Day 2 of the NFL draft which is where I see him going.

The early speculation after the season concluded was that Reed was likely headed to the middle rounds on Day 3, but after a huge Reese’s Senior Bowl and great Combine, his stock has skyrocketed.

I could see the talented receiver going to the Lions (No. 55), Jaguars (No. 56), Bills (No. 59), or the Chiefs (No. 63) in the second round. He could always slip to round three, but these are my guesses.

Bryce Baringer, P — Round 6

According to The Draft Network, the teams that really need a punter in the NFL draft or in undrafted free agency are the Rams and the Patriots.

While it’s rare to see a punter drafted, I think Baringer is the best at the position in the draft class, and I’m not alone. He’s going to get scooped up in the fifth or sixth round by one of the two teams above, but another franchise might swoop in and steal their punter of the future.

Baringer dominated at the Combine and was arguably the best punter in college football this year.

Jacob Slade, DT — Round 7

Before the season, we were talking about Jacob Slade being one of the best defensive tackles in the Big Ten and a legit All-American candidate, but he just never seemed to be healthy. He played in just eight games as a senior and recorded 20 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 0.5 sacks. His numbers were cut in half from his breakout junior year.

One team will take a chance on him in the sixth or seventh round based on potential and his overall build as a defensive tackle. He’s tough to stay in front of and his strength sets him apart.

If he can stay healthy at the next level, he’ll be a steal.

Ben VanSumeren — Round 7

I was skeptical about Ben VanSumeren getting drafted, but the senior linebacker and Michigan transfer had a decent 2022 season followed by an all-time great Pro Day.

Some experts are saying he’s surely getting drafted on measurables alone and if that’s the case, I could see him going on Day 3 to a team like the Bears, Chargers, Raiders, or Vikings. He would be a solid fit in all of those spots and he could find his way off the practice squad and onto the active roster in 2023.

Who would’ve thought?

Undrafted free agents

Daniel Barker is a guy that comes to mind as a priority free agent after the draft and he recently had a virtual meeting with the Broncos. He has the tools to be a solid NFL tight end, but just never flashed consistency during his one year in East Lansing. Xavier Henderson is another player that I’d like to see catch on with a team and I think he could turn into a solid pro.

Other guys who should catch on somewhere after the draft are Jarek Broussard, Ameer Speed, Kendell Brooks, and Jarrett Horst.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

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Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



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Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

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Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



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Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

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