Scouting the Big Ten: Michigan State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The Spartans struggled on the field and in war rooms last year. I doubt it gets much better over the next 12 months.

Running back LJ Scott is far and away the top prospect on the roster. He’s a bigger ball carrier who pounds opponents on the inside while also showing surprising quickness around the corner. On film I was surprised how Scott equally ran over defenders or made them miss with quick-footed moves. He’s also a solid pass catcher out of the backfield.

Presently I grade Scott as a third-rounder but believe he could move into the draft’s top 45 picks if all goes well.

Vayante Copeland struggled with injuries last season but is a cornerback with terrific upside. I was impressed with his game in 2015 and think he offers starting potential at the next level if he stays healthy and improves his game.

Note: As pointed out by Draft Analyst's Chris Tripodi, it was announced on June 13 that Copeland was no longer with the MSU program.