It was a rough go for Michigan State in the 2021 NFL Draft. For the first time in 80 years, the Spartans program failed to have a player drafted.
Their rivals over at Michigan had a field day to say the least. Defensive assistant Ryan Osborn took notice of the historic feat on Saturday.
Going on Twitter, Osborn tweeted out quite the troll of their football rival.
— Coach Oz (@CoachRyanOsborn) May 1, 2021
This wasn’t the only troll of the draft. Former Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary, who plays for the Green Bay Packers, spoke at the draft podium when the Packers had a selection this weekend.
The Packers selected Ohio State center Josh Myers but Gary didn’t forget his college roots, chanting “Go Blue” at the podium right after Myers was selected in the second round.
Leading the way for Michigan at the draft was defensive end Kwity Paye, who was selected in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts.
Paye played just four games last season but finished with two sacks and four tackles for loss. In 28 collegiate games, Paye finished with 97 total tackles, 59 solo tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, one pass deflection and one forced fumble.
A high-three-star recruit, Paye committed to and signed with Michigan out of Warwick (R.I.) Bishop Hendrickson. He took his talents to the Wolverines as the 247Sports Composite’s No. 486 overall prospect, No. 29 weak-side defensive end and No. 1 player in Rhode Island for the 2017 recruiting class.
“I think it’ll be amazing,” Paye said prior to the draft. “I’ve been anxious for these past couple of weeks, just wanting to go and get with a team already and start working out, get to practicing and whatnot. So once I get that call, it’ll be all business and I’ll be ready to work.”
Mock drafts have largely pegged Paye as a candidate for the top 15 selections. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein summed up Paye’s outlook.
“The explosive testing will surely get teams and evaluators excited, but it might be hard to bang the table for him based on the tape,” Zierlein said of Paye in an overview on the former Michigan star’s NFL.com scouting report overview. “Paye’s traits and potential should not be discounted, as he’ll continue to be skilled up in technique and fundamentals. However, he’s a choppy-stepping short-strider who doesn’t play with the feel and instincts of an NFL playmaker.
“He can overcome his lack of stride length as a rusher with a more focused, upfield attack and better hands at the top of his rush, but he might be better-suited as a reduced rusher on passing downs, where his quickness could overwhelm guards. The traits and explosiveness are enticing but the film says ‘good’ rather than ‘great’ at this time.”