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NFL draft outlook for former Michigan State players


It appeared Michigan State’s draft streak was potentially in jeopardy last year, but center Brian Allen was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the fourth round, higher than many analysts projected.


The Spartans have four players who appear to have a legitimate shot at being selected in Willis, cornerback Justin Layne, wide receiver Felton Davis and running back LJ Scott.


At 6-foot-2, he has standout length and strong ball skills after beginning his college career at wide receiver before moving to cornerback as a true freshman and is projected by some as a second-day pick.


Willis, a former star running back at Jackson Lumen Christi, was a four-year contributor at safety for the Spartans and started the final 26 games of his career.


He returned for his senior season instead of leaving for the NFL but played in only five games due to an ankle injury and finished with career lows of 79 carries for 264 yards and zero touchdowns.


Linebackers Andrew Dowell and Jon Reschke, tight end Matt Sokol, guard David Beedle and defensive tackle Gerald Owens all worked out for scouts during the Spartans’ pro day in March.






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