Oct 12, 2013; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan State Spartans linebacker Max Bullough (40) looks over Indiana Hoosiers offense during the second half in a game at Spartan Stadium. MSU won 42-28. Mandatory Credit: Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Football: Mel Kiper projects Max Bullough in middle rounds

EAST LANSING – One Michigan State standout who hasn’t received much attention by draftniks this offseason is former Spartans’ linebacker Max Bullough.

That changed on Wednesday when ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. acknowledged Bullough as a potential middle-round draft selection.

“When you look at today’s NFL, and you look at the inside linebacker and the value, I’d say fourth round is where I’d start to consider a guy like Bullough,” said Kiper to the Daily Peninsula on a conference call.

Bullough was a three-year starter for Michigan State. He finished his career with 299 tackles in 53 games, started 40 games and finished 11th in school history in tackles for loss (30.5).

Kiper recognized Bullough’s talent on Wednesday.

“He’s a smart football player with great bloodlines,” Kiper said. “He’s good between the tackles and adequate dropping back (in coverage).”

Although Bullough won’t be a top selection, he should be a welcomed body on an NFL team as a role player or special teams ace.

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