Football theonlycolors.com —  The 2016 NFL Draft has come and gone. Unfortunately for several Michigan State Spartans, they did not hear their names called during the draft. The good news is by going undrafted, those guys are able to pick the team they sign with, which can often lead to them ending up in the best situation possible for their NFL futures.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  When Terry Samuel looks in the mirror and sees more gray hair than he did when he arrived at Michigan State in 2011, he doesn’t really have to wonder why. Five years can do that, but it’s rather easy to pinpoint the root of the changes in his roots to the 2012 season that wore on him, wore on his players and wore on everyone affiliated with Michigan State. “A lot of my gray hair is because of it, no doubt,” he said.
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Football mlive.com —  "I think that my feeling is that it needs to be a level playing field," Dantonio said on Sunday. "There's a lot of things that are positive about satellite camps. There's probably a couple negatives in there. So I think people are trying to make good decisions and try and get it so that everybody has equal opportunity and that it doesn't just go -- it just doesn't run wild."
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Football theonlycolors.com —  It was a successful NFL Draft weekend for the Michigan State Spartans as the school's five draft picks tied for eighth-most nationally. While the slide of Connor Cook to the fourth round was disappointing, Jack Conklin was a top-10 pick and five draftees is definitely something to be proud of. In the Big Ten, only Ohio State had more selections.
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Football mlive.com —  Arjen Colquhoun is headed to Dallas this week as an unsigned rookie free agent looking to find a spot on the Cowboys' roster. It's an opportunity Colquhoun earned by improving each year at Michigan State, evolving into the Spartans' best cornerback by the end of last season, according to MSU secondary coaching guru Harlon Barnett, once a former All-American DB himself.
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Football freep.com —  If buzz from coaches and teammates are any indication of future performance, the Spartans may have found their next go-to receiver in true freshman Donnie Corley.
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Football detroitnews.com —  For Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, watching the NFL draft brings its share of mixed emotions. There’s pride when players that have been a big part of your program get selected, especially in the first round as the Spartans have had for three straight years after tackle Jack Conklin went No. 8 overall to the Titans on Thursday. But there’s frustration when things don’t go the way you see it, when the winningest quarterback in program history falls from a potential first-round pick to the fourth round or an All-American goes undrafted.
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Football freep.com —  “I was probably living through the entire thing as well. Watched the entire draft. I was disappointed,” Dantonio said. “I think that Connor is an excellent football player. He's done a tremendous job for us here and for his football team, and a lot of that success that we've had can be credited to his play and his leadership on our football team. I think that speaks volumes.”
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio spoke with the media on Sunday regarding the five Spartans who were selected in the 2016 National Football League Draft (offensive tackle Jack Conklin, first round, No. 8 overall, Tennessee Titans; defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun, third round, No. 75 overall, Oakland Raiders; quarterback Connor Cook, fourth round, No. 100 overall, Oakland Raiders; wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, sixth round, No. 213 overall, San Francisco 49ers; offensive lineman Donavon Clark, seventh round, No. 224 overall, San Diego Chargers).
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Football freep.com —  A spring filled with injuries and two defections along Michigan State’s defensive line opened opportunities for the guys left standing. Tight end Jamal Lyles, though, made the most surprising impact there during the April 23 Green and White game. Both of the senior’s tackles while playing defensive end were impressive. He dropped LJ Scott for an 11-yard loss and sacked White quarterback Damion Terry for 4 lost yards.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio said watching the NFL draft grew a bit frustrating for him after things had gotten off to a promising start for Michigan State players with Jack Conklin selected with the No. 8 overall pick. The Spartans ended up with fewer players drafted than some expected (five), and those that were picked slid lower in the draft order that most projected.
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Football mlive.com —  Junior Malik McDowell, a defensive lineman, figures to have the highest draft stock on the team and quite possibly in the Big Ten. The Southfield High School product is a good bet to extend the Spartans' string of years with a first-round NFL draft pick to four.
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Football mlive.com —  Aaron Burbridge slid into the sixth round of the NFL draft on Saturday, but the 2015 Michigan State MVP brings confidence to San Francisco. Asked how he compared to 49ers unsigned free-agent receiver Anquan Boldin, Burbridge didn't mind saying that "I feel like I can step in his shoes and fill that void."
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State's winningest class of seniors were not treated like royalty in the NFL draft, but then neither were the Spartans'€™ Rose Bowl seniors a couple years back. For those who forgot, Thorpe Award winner Darqueze Dennard was the only Michigan State player drafted off that Rose Bowl team in the 2014 draft.
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Football scout.com —  Let the critics have their day when it comes to former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. The draft is over and while Cook may not have heard his name called when many expected, but it was called in the fourth round when the Oakland Raiders made the call taking the Spartans all-time career leader in wins. But Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio knows what the Raiders are getting.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State two-time All-American center and team captain Jack Allen has reached an agreement to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to the school's football Twitter account. Allen is one of a number of Spartans' seniors headed to an NFL training camp via the free-agent route after the conclusion of the 253-pick draft.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State fifth-year senior offensive guard Donavon Clark, who closed out his career with 27 consecutive starting assignments, has been selected by the San Diego Chargers in the seventh round (No. 224 overall) in the 2016 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 30.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Aaron Burbridge, who set career highs for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions as a senior, has been selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round (No. 213 overall) in the 2016 National Football League Draft on Saturday, April 30.
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Football mlive.com —  Connor Cook never pulled any punches at Michigan State, and it's clear he's headed to Oakland with the same tell-it-like-it-is approach. Upset that six quarterbacks were picked ahead of him in the NFL draft? You bet. Motivated by what he considers a slight, falling to the fourth round? Absolutely.
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Football sportingnews.com —  Connor Cook is a pick that late Raiders owner Al Davis would have loved. He fits. The quarterback, who slid three rounds from his rightful spot in the 2016 NFL Draft because of perceived character concerns, landed in Oakland’s lap Saturday when the Raiders traded up in the fourth round. Bonus points for having two-time Super Bowl winner Jim Plunkett introduce the pick.
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