Just three picks after Greg Jones became the first Michigan State player to be selected in the 2011 NFL Draft, another one came off the board when the Indianapolis Colts took cornerback Chris L. Rucker. Rucker was selected with the 188th overall pick and the 23rd pick of the sixth round. As mentioned, he was taken right after Jones, so he is the second MSU player to be drafted so far.
Rucker will join former MSU teammate Blair White on the Colts. White signed with Indianapolis last year as an undrafted free agent and was elevated from the practice squad to the active roster in September. White played well enough to earn a spot on the team going forward, and now he could be going up against Rucker in practice.
With the sixth round winding down and the seventh and final round nearing, tight end Charlie Gantt and wide receiver Mark Dell are the two Michigan State players still hoping to be drafted.
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