NFL Combine: Quick hits from analysts on former Spartans

The quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers all had their times to really shine on the field in drills.

Here are what some analysts had to say about the participating former Spartans:

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins throws at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Sunday. (NFL Photo)

“I think Kirk Cousins might be the guy that is quietly moving up the quarterback chart. His intangibles are completely off the charts. Three-time captain, impressive student, loves the game. Has a passion for the game, was highly productive. I’ve watched a lot of tape of him, he doesn’t do any one thing wonderfully, but he has got a good arm, not a great arm. He has got very good accuracy, so I think he is quietly making a statement.” — NFL Network’s Mike Mayock (on air)

“The Michigan State kid, Kirk Cousins, he did a really good job of throwing the football. The ball came off his arm well, he has got some stats to go along with it. So I thought he really did play well, I think he enhanced himself, maybe perhaps the fourth quarterback.” — NFL Network’s Charles Davis (on air)

“Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins threw with nice timing in the early group. Lead receivers well, passed with accuracy. Solid overall.” — National Football Post’s Dion Caputi

“Two QBs that caught my eye for various reasons in the early group were MSU’s Kirk Cousins and Southern Miss’s Austin Davis.” — Caputi

“If interview skills were the greatest predictor of QB competency @ the next level, MSU’s Kirk Cousins would be my No. 1 pick. smooth talker … had him on in the background & had to stop what i was doing & watch. definitely the E.F. Hutton of college prospects” — Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Lawrence (“When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen” to put that in context)

“I’ll be a bit surprised if Kirk Cousins falls out of the 3rd round.” — Draftcountdown’s Shane P. Hallam

“If you haven’t heard Kirk Cousins interview yet, now is the time. He just sounds like a player you’d follow no matter what.” — Hallam

“I was really impressed with Michigan State QB Kirk Cousins in the throwing drills at the Scouting Combine. Top 100 Overall?” — Draftcountdown’s Scott Wright

“Kirk Cousins just made some dough in morning drills. Better mechanics, zipped the ball, looked the “safety” off even when he didn’t have to.” — Yahoo! Sports Doug Farrar

“Kirk Cousins helped himself with the throwing drills today.” — NFL Network’s Charles Davis

“Kirk Cousins (as we’ve been saying since weeks prior to Senior Bowl) unanimously most impressive of first group among everyone in attendance.” — RosterWatch

“Man Kirk Cousins is articulate and complimentary of every single player he’s worked with in detail. My 5th QB, ahead of Foles and Osweiler.” Rotoworld’s Josh Norris

Keshawn Martin

“I kinda like this kid here, Keshawn Martin from Michigan State … He is a tough kid, quick in short areas, he has got long speed also. Again, i like this kid, slot receiver, punt returner, quicker than fast, but i think he can get deep and I think there’s something about him. … I did his game against Notre Dame and he flashed for me.” – Mayock (on air)

“Michigan St WR Keshawn Martin helped himself with a mid-4.3 time. A later round type, but has upside and put some athleticism on display.” — Caputi

“4.35 for Keshawn Martin out of Michigan State. Something to think about.” — Hallam (unofficial time)

B.J. Cunningham

“For receivers B.J Cunningham, McNutt, T.J Graham, Dwight Jones, Keshawn Martin, Stephen Hill, and A.J Jenkins boosted their stocks!” — NFL Draft Geek

Edwin Baker

“Michigan St RB Edwin Baker ran an unofficial 4.46 time in the 40-yard dash. I saw a quality second gear from him on tape.” — Caputi

“Michigan State RB Edwin Baker runs an unofficial 4.46, nice 3rd down back who isn’t getting a lot of attention.” — Hallam


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