I don't think Simmons or Ingram is some kind of franchise savior. Simmons is a great fit as a 4 in the modern NBA though because he can guard inside and on the perimeter, rebound, handle the ball like a guard, and score inside. Even if he never develops a reliable jumper, he is still going to be a very valuable player. I see him as a better version of Draymond Green who can create offense on his own much better than Green.
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
This page was last updated Feb. 16, 2013. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.
Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State
Height: 5-11. Weight: 177. Projected 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 1/31/13: Adams had a bad habit of giving up long pass plays in 2012. He was beaten for a long reception downfield after mistiming his jump in the Spartans' season opener against Boise State. Adams was bested for another long touchdown against Notre Dame, plus missed a tackle on a touchdown run and was called for a pass interference on another deep pass. He was beaten again, versus Ohio State, for a long touchdown pass that was the game-winning score for the Buckeyes.
All of that has combined to knock Adams' stock down into the third day. He had 35 tackles, three tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up and three interceptions in this year. An injury kept him out of the bowl game against TCU and the Senior Bowl.
9/1/12: Adams had a solid junior season for the Spartans. He contributed 51 tackles with four tackles for a loss, three sacks, six passes broken up and three interceptions in 2011.
Adams was an All-Big Ten Second-Team selection in 2010, his first season as a starter, after recording 50 tackles with three interceptions and seven passes broken up. He definitely needs to add some bulk for the NFL and should look to improve his ball skills as a senior.
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 185. Projected 40 Time: 4.44. Projected Round (2013): 1. 1/31/13: Banks had initially committed to playin the Senior Bowl, but he pulled out due to injury-related reasons. Banks amassed 63 tackles, four interceptions and seven passes broken up in 2012. He averaged 9.8 yards per punt return. He had an excellent game against Auburn with two interceptions. The picks came in the second quarter and helped the Bulldogs pull away from the Tigers.
In the following weeks, Banks had some great games. He had huge performances against Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State, but he injured his knee in the latter.
That injury has lingered, yet Banks has continued to play. The knee seemed to be slowing him down against Alabama and Texas A&M as he wasn't his normal play-making self. Against the Crimson Tide, Banks was part of two coverage breakdowns for scores. On the first breakdown, he was beaten on a go route by Kenny Bell for a 57-yard touchdown. On the second, Banks was in zone and thought he had linebacker help to the inside, but nobody was there and the tight end came wide open for an easy touchdown toss.
The senior didn't record an interception and had only two passes broken up in the final six games after the knee injury.
9/1/12: Banks has been a three-year contributor for the Bulldogs. Playing in the SEC, he is already experienced and battle-tested entering his senior year. Banks had 33 tackles and four interceptions as a freshman, including two pick-sixs against Tim Tebow in a near upset of a No. 1-ranked Florida team.
Banks totaled 54 tackles with three interceptions as a sophomore. He had 71 tackles with five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and nine passes broken last season.
It wouldn't be surprising if Banks' numbers decline as a senior since teams will probably avoid throwing at him. He has a nice combination of size, speed and athleticism. Banks may fit best in a zone-based system in the NFL.
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 190. Projected 40 Time: 4.53. Projected Round (2013): 4-5. 1/31/13: While Johnthan Banks has received the majority of the attention, Slay had a strong senior season and is a solid prospect in his own right. He had five interceptions, 40 tackles and six passes broken up this year. Slay has some man-coverage ability. He had 24 tackles, an interception and four passes defensed in 2011.
Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 300. Projected 40 Time: 5.10. Projected Round (2012): 4-6. 1/30/13: Boyd was a solid player for Mississippi State in 2012, but it was somewhat of a disappointing season. He totaled 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked kick.
There were high expectations for Boyd after a 2011 season in which he totaled 4.5 sacks, 51 tackles and eight tackles for a loss. Teammate Fletcher Cox turned out to be the big reason for that production.
Boyd did fine at the East-West Shrine, but wasn't impressive. He was a late injury-addition to the Senior Bowl and held his own there.
Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Mississippi State
Height: 6-3. Weight: 230. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Projected Round (2013): 4-6. 1/30/13: Lawrence had 120 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up, two interceptions and four sacks in 2012. He had double-digit tackle totals against Auburn, Troy and Tennessee. Lawrence is a good player and sleeper prospect who could surprise people at the next level. He has good instincts.
8/29/12: Lawrence was second in the SEC in tackles in 2011 with 123 total stops. He also had six tackles for a loss, two sacks and two interceptions. Lawrence is high-effort player who could be a solid depth linebacker and special teams performer in the NFL.
Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 200. Projected 40 Time: 4.49. Projected Round (2013): 5-7. 2/16/13: Bumphis caught 58 passes for 922 yards and 12 touchdowns this year. He could be nice Day 3 value pick, and he had a good week of practice at the East-West Shrine.
8/17/12: Bumphis was Mississippi State's leading receiver and punt returner in 2010. He caught 44 passes for 634 yards and five scores. Bumphis also led the Bulldogs as a freshman with 32 receptions and 131 yards.
The junior only had 25 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns last season. Bumphis was significantly limited by poor quarterback play.
Corey Broomfield, CB, Mississippi State
Height: 5-10. Weight: 180. Projected 40 Time: 4.54. Projected Round (2013): 6-7. 1/31/13: Broomfield had 40 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one interception and three passes broken up this year.
9/1/12: Broomfield had a huge freshman season in 2009 as a rotational player, snagging six interceptions. He recorded 52 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss and three interceptions in 2010. The junior totaled 59 tackles and five passes broken up last season, but he did not record an interception.
Playing opposite Johnthan Banks should provide Broomfield plenty of opportunities as a senior.