Rookies in the NFL from MSU
The 2013 NFL Draft was another successful one for former Spartans, as three players were taken in the seven rounds. Michigan State continued its impressive streak of having at least one player drafted every single season in NFL common draft history (since 1967). While a handful of players were also signed as undrafted free agents, how will the three main draft picks do as rookies?
After being the star running back in East Lansing for the last few seasons, Bell has a chance to walk into a great situation right away at the pro level. The Pittsburgh Steelers took Bell in the second round to be a potential starter right away. Pittsburgh really struggled on the ground last season, so if he can stay healthy, he has a chance to perhaps be the most successful offensive player in the rookie class. A sleeper pick for the fantasy football players amongst us.
Due to the recent news that tight end, Dustin Keller, will miss the entire 2013 season for the Miami Dolphins with a torn up knee, Dion Sims just received a window of opportunity. He has already had a successful camp, moving up to #2 on the depth chart. The Dolphins probably did not expect him to play such a huge role from Week 1, but the injury has forced their hand.
Despite the Buccaneers being disappointed with their current defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, it appears as though Gholston will only be playing a backup role in 2013. He has always excelled against the run, and he comes into camp as the biggest defensive end on the roster. What hurts him right now is he just does not have that speed needed at the NFL level. Until he works on conditioning and perhaps even slims down a bit, he will be a backup in the NFL.