Michigan State had six players drafted in the 2012 NFL draft -- and four signed as undrafted free agents -- but the 2013 class might be more impressive when it comes to next April's draft.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. released his (waaaayyyyyy early) 2013 Big Board, featuring his top 25 prospects for the 2013 NFL draft and Michigan State placed three players on the list -- the most of any school.
Cornerback Johnny Adams headlines the list as the No. 14 player, and the No. 1 senior cornerback.
"Sound and instinctive zone corner, he attacks what he sees really well," Kiper said. "Lacks elite size, but takes on bigger players and tackles well. Really good blitzer. Needs work on his man game, but very competitive. Great ball skills."
Will Gholston checked in at No. 17, as the 6-foot-7 defensive end is primed for a huge season for the Spartans.
"Great length and frame, with very good pass-rushing skills," Kiper said. "Has grown into frame; now has solid 4-3 DE size. Experience shows; reads the play well, knowing when to go wide or come inside against the run. Could be in line for a huge year."
While Gholston might as well have declared for the NFL draft following Michigan State's spring game, the final Spartan on the list barely played in the green and white game -- Le'Veon Bell.
"Big bruising back who follows blocks well and will run over tacklers," Kiper said. "Split carries the last two seasons, but might carry a bigger load in 2012. Not a burner, but has quick feet and can get wide where he won't run out of bounds. Finishes forward."
Gholston and Bell would be early entries if they choose to declare for the draft next April.
Kiper also ranked Max Bullough as the No. 3 junior inside linebacker and Dion Sims as the No. 5 underclassman tight end.