As the NFL Draft wound down Saturday, it appeared Edwin Baker would be finding his future team as an undrafted free agent.
The San Diego Chargers had other plans as they took the running back with their compensatory pick in the seventh round.
Baker was the 43rd pick in the seventh round, the 250th overall. And in such, he was the sixth Spartan picked -- the highest total since 2000, when seven were selected.
Only Alabama, Georgia and Oklahoma had more players selected than MSU, which tied for best in the Big Ten with Wisconsin and Iowa.
Baker will be a welcome addition to the Chargers backfield, which is led by Ryan Matthews, with a good chance to contribute. San Diego ranked 16th with 116.5 yards rushing per game in 2011.
Baker ran for 2,293 yards in his three seasons at MSU, rushing for 19 touchdowns. He was named All-Big Ten first team in 2010 by the media.