Michigan State football's Jacob Slade declares for NFL draft, won't take extra year

Jacob Slade decided to bypass an extra year of eligibility to turn pro, and Michigan State football’s 2023 roster is beginning to take shape.

The senior defensive tackle announced via Twitter on Saturday his plans to enter the NFL draft instead of returning to the Spartans for an extra season of eligibility available to him via NCAA waiver for 2020's COVID-afflicted season.

Slade redshirted at MSU in 2018 and played the next four seasons, finishing this year with 20 tackles – 3½ for a loss, plus half a sack — in eight games. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound native of Lewis Center, Ohio, missed four games with a right leg injury.

Michigan State's Cal Haladay, left, and Jacob Slade, right, tackle Rutgers' Kyle Monangai during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in East Lansing.
Michigan State's Cal Haladay, left, and Jacob Slade, right, tackle Rutgers' Kyle Monangai during the first quarter on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in East Lansing.

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In playing all 13 games last season, Slade had 40 tackles and 2½ sacks among his five tackles for a loss while collapsing the pocket at the point of attack with his strength. He finished his MSU career by starting 26 of his 42 games and getting 88 tackles, 11.5 for a loss, and four sacks.

Slade is the latest Spartan to declare his intentions to move on. Wide receiver Jayden Reed and linebacker Ben VanSumeren also opted to forego their extra COVID season to pursue the pros. Reed completed his communication degree last December, and Slade completed his economics degree in May.

Two others, tight end Daniel Barker and safety Kendell Brooks, announced they are chasing their NFL dreams but ran out of eligibility after MSU’s 5-7 season came to an end. They are among 11 Spartans who are out of eligibility, along with safety Xavier Henderson, punter Bryce Baringer, cornerbacks Ameer Speed and Ronald Williams, tight ends Tyler Hunt and Powers Warren, and offensive linemen Matt Carrick, Brian Greene and Jarrett Horst.

Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari.

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football's Jacob Slade declares for NFL draft