The 2012 NFL Draft starts Thursday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
And with a group of Michigan State Spartans eagerly waiting to see when, and if, they'll be drafted, it's time to look at where in the draft they could end up.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins and defensive tackle Jerel Worthy headline a collection of Spartans eligible for the selection process which includes running back Edwin Baker, safety Trenton Robinson, wide receiver/athlete Keith Nichol and receiver Keshawn Martin. Receiver B.J. Cunningham, tight ends Garrett Celek and Brian Linthicum are also draft candidates.
Worthy will probably the first off the board, but Cousins, who owns several quarterback-related records at Michigan State, could soon follow.
Worthy is the seventh-ranked defensive tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft, according to Walter Football. He's projected a second-round pick, but reports have suggested that he could be grabbed in the first round. Mock drafts have forecast Worthy going to the Denver Broncos at 25th overall.
Worthy had an All-American career at Michigan State and is 12th in school history with 12 sacks.
Cousins is the sixth-ranked quarterback in the draft, according to Walter Football and projected to go in the second to fourth round. He's no Andrew Luck, Stanford's former star signal-caller, but Cousins could be a catch, nonetheless. His character has been praised by the masses and reports indicate that the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagles could be interested in him.
Cousins, Michigan State's career-leader in wins, also visited with the Buffalo Bills earlier this spring.
Cunningham is Michigan State's career-leader in receptions (218) and projected as a fifth to sixth-round pick by Walter Football. He surpassed Michigan State legends like Andre Rison and Courtney Hawkins on the historical list. Cunningham, one of Cousins' favorite targets the past two years, leads all Michigan State receivers with 3,086 yards.
One of the most talented safeties at Michigan State in recent memory, Robinson could also be a steal as a late-rounder. He doesn't have immense size at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, but he's a hard hitter and showed a great work ethic with the Spartans.
Walter Football ranks Robinson as the 10th-best safety in the draft and projects him as a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Electrifying is a word often used to describe Martin, one of the most exciting return men in Spartans history. He showed he could contribute as a receiver, but it's likely that he'll see duties as a specialist in the NFL, should he make it to the league.
The five-way scorer projects as a third- or fourth-rounder by Walter Football.
Nichol, Baker, Linthicum and Celek could be late-rounders, or they could go another route by making a team roster during camp.
Adam Biggers has followed the National Football League and NCAA Football for over 20 years, specifically the college game, and even more specifically, the Michigan State Spartans. He can be found on Twitter @AdamBiggers81.
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