- Josh Moyer, Penn State/Big Ten reporter
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Michigan State tailback Jeremy Langford deserves more respect. Ask anybody.
In February, ESPN.com’s Todd McShay labeled him “underrated” and said he could “wind up being a steal” in the 2015 NFL draft. In March, NFL.com’s Charles Davis placed Langford on his all-underrated team. Last week, CBS’ Frank Cooney also listed Langford as “underrated” and advised teams to put him on special teams until he undoubtedly proves himself -- again.
Now, just this week, one more analyst joined the argument. Err, agreement.
From NFL.com writer Mike Huguenin:
Biggest sleeper: Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford. Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Big Ten brethren [Melvin] Gordon, [Tevin] Coleman and [Ameer] Abdullah during the regular season and Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott in the postseason is that Langford quietly put together a second consecutive season with 1,400-plus rush yards.
It’s really not a big surprise that Langford has been unanimously labeled “overlooked.” We said as much last season. Multiple times. In any other offseason, he would have received plenty of praise, but he just so happened to be a part of arguably the strongest B1G class of running backs over the last 25 years.
It’s definitely a positive to see Langford, who turned in a 4.42-second 40 at the NFL combine, getting his due now. But being underestimated in nothing new for the Spartans tailback.
“I’ve been the underdog my whole career,” Langford told reporters in Indianapolis.
Maybe that’s finally starting to change.
Jeremy Langford has gotten so much attention from draft prognosticators it's hard to keep calling him a sleeper.