Dennard stands as the lone Spartan drafted

Dennard stands as the lone Spartan drafted

After seven rounds, the first-round pick of the Bengals was the only Michigan State player selected

Darqueze Dennard ended Michigan State's run without a first-round pick in the NFL Draft, but he was lone Spartan to be selected in the three-day draft.

The Jim Thorpe Award winner was picked No. 24 by the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night – the first first-rounder from MSU since Charles Rogers in 2003.

Hopefuls such as Max Bullough, Denicos Allen and Isaiah Lewis seemed the most likely to be picked in the later rounds among the rest of the Spartans. But when the seventh round concluded Saturday night, Dennard stood as the lone player drafted from the Spartans' 13-win, Rose Bowl champion team.

Many of the 13 hopefuls will gain free-agent opportunities – which already are rolling in, as Tyler Hoover tweeted immediately following the seventh round that he had signed with the Indianapolis Colts.

Denzel Drone, Kyler Elsworth, Fou Fonoti, Bennie Fowler, Dan France, Andrew Maxwell, Micajah Reynolds and Blake Treadwell are the other Spartans hoping to catch on to an NFL team.

Bullough, Allen and Lewis each seemed likely to be taken from rounds 5-7 on Saturday, with some mock drafts having Bullough as high as the third round.

He signed with the Houston Texans later Saturday, while Lewis tweeted he would be a Cincinnati, joining Dennard as a Bengal and Allen will join the Carolina Panthers.

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