Spartans Football Loses 80-Year Draft Selection Streak

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EAST LANSING, May 3, 2021 ~ This past weekend, the draft for the 2021 NFL season ended, and for the first time in 80 years, the Michigan State Spartans did not have a player selected.

The last time the Spartans did not have at least one selection was 1940, with 1938 being the only other year since the draft started in 1936 that MSU went without a selection. Michigan and Southern California are the only schools with longer streaks, and both of their 83-year runs were extended this past weekend.

Cornerback Shakur Brown was this year’s best prospect from East Lansing, though he went undrafted even after he rose to the top of ESPN’s best available list in the sixth round. Moments after the draft ended however, Brown agreed to a free agent undrafted deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensive Tackle Naquan Jones signed as a free agent with the Tennessee Titans less than 10 minutes later.

Both Simmons and Brown were recruited by former Head Coach Mark Dantonio, who retired in 2020.