While the 2012 Michigan State Spartans were in Spartan Stadium showing fans what they should expect when Boise State travels to East Lansing to open the season, several former Spartans were learning about their future in the NFL.
As fans entered Spartan Stadium word started to spread that Kirk Cousins was selected with the seventh pick in the fourth-round by the Washington Redskins. Cousins, who some expected to be selected on Friday, was just as surprised by the team taking him as many of the Spartan fans watching the Green-White game.
“I was shocked,” Cousins said. “I hadn’t talked to them in the process at great length and didn’t know they were interested, but when I saw a Virginia number on my cell phone, I knew it was a possibility. When I answered, Coach (Mike) Shanahan told me, `I can’t pass you up and have to pick you.”
While Cousins might have been surprised, other Spartans waited for to hear their named called during the day and Keshawn Martin soon followed his former quarterback with the 26-th pick in the fourth-round by the Houston Texans.
It would be two more rounds before another Spartan would receive the call as Trenton Robinson was selected by San Francisco with the 10-th pick in the sixth-round and three picks later B.J. Cunningham would be selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 13th pick of the same round.
Robinson explained later how the 49ers started to show interest just prior to the draft.
“The 49ers recently showed a lot of interest,” Robinson said. “We had an extended phone conversation a couple of days ago.
“San Francisco drafted me as a safety. The staff likes the way that I work and appreciates the fact that I’m a team player.”
Before the day finished Edwin Baker, who left MSU a year early would hear his name called as San Diego would select the former Spartan running back with the 43rd pick in the seventh-round.
While not drafted three more Spartans found homes following the day’s events as tight ends Brian Linthicum agreed to a contract with the New York Jets and Garrett Celek will join Robinson in San Francisco.
Fullback Todd Anderson also signed a free agent deal with the St. Louis Rams.
At the time of this report Keith Nichol had yet report he signed with any team. It is fully expected Nichol will soon sign with an NFL team.