Quite a few capable pass rushers are coming out of the Big Ten in 2020’s NFL Draft. Count Kenny Willekes of the Michigan State Spartans in that number. He crafted a very nice resume throughout a 40-game collegiate career, turning in 228 total tackles. 99 of those were of the solo variety, and 49 of those tackles resulted in a loss of yardage.
He also picked up 23.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, seven passes defended, and a defensive touchdown. That includes the 78 total tackles and 10 sacks that he racked up as a redshirt senior in 2019, his final run in East Lansing, Michigan.
He’s earned Third Team All-Big Ten honors (2017), two First-team All-Big Ten nods (2018 and 2019), and a Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year nod in 2018.
He figures to be drafted on day two of the selection meeting, but a huge Pro Day and NFL Combine could change that quickly.