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TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports that the Lions will target Washington State DT Xavier Cooper if they take a DT in Round 2.

The Lions feel Cooper "is a perfect fit for their system," reports Pauline. At the combine, the 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper ran a 4.86 forty, best amongst DTs. He played both inside and outside at Washington State, but slots better inside at the next level. That said, he does provide versatility.
Apr 25 - 1:53 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday (leg) "is recovered from injury and drawing a buzz," according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Halliday broke his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg in November. "He was on pace to smash records before breaking his leg and impressed at his pro day," La Canfora wrote. "I would not be surprised at all if he is one of the first four or five quarterbacks taken (Miami, Pittsburgh, Washington and San Diego are among those looking at him)." The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns during his career in Mike Leach's offense at Washington State.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 4:59 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Washington State WR Vince Mayle "could prove [to be] a poor man's Anquan Boldin."

"Mayle lacks home-run speed," Rang said. "I see a combination of size, balance, strength and toughness, however." Mayle ran forties between 4.56 and the mid 4.6s at his personal pro day. "Need an example of Mayle's toughness? He didn't drop a ball during his combine pass-catching drill (or Senior Bowl, for that matter) despite competing with a broken right thumb," Rang wrote. We agree on the evaluation. Mayle was always going to be knocked for his lack of speed, but he has traits which can't be taught. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound former basketball player hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 18 - 10:33 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday "was efficient and did a terrific job commanding the passing offense at Washington State but lacks the physical skills to be anything other than a third quarterback at the next level," according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Patient, intelligent quarterback with marginal physical skills for the next level," reads his scouting report. "Buys time for receivers, remains poised under the rush and displays a great sense of knowing where receivers. Effectively sets up screen passes and throws the ball with great timing. Very accurate in the short and intermediate field, placing passes where only his target can make receptions." Sounds like the perfect Mike Leach quarterback, right? The weaknesses will sounds familiar to NFL types who have tried without success to develop Leach's QBs in the pros. "Does not possess a big arm," Pauline wrote. "Cannot zip the passes through tight spots and deep throws hang in the air. Puts the ball up for grabs at times or tosses passes into covered targets. Not a nimble quarterback who can escape the rush or pick up yardage with his legs."
Apr 17 - 10:56 PM

Washington State QB Connor Halliday will visit the Washington Redskins this week.

Halliday will visit the Washington Redskins this week. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns during his pass-happy career in Mike Leach's offense at Washington State. That career ended a little early when Halliday broke his fibula and tibia against USC last season. He's a Day 3 developmental possibility.
Apr 14 - 10:37 PM

Washington State DL Xavier Cooper is visiting the Saints on Monday, according to Nick Underhill.

Cooper is an upfield penetrator who will find a home in sub-package situations early in his career. Many focus on edge players for pass rush needs, but interior disruption can make an even greater impact. The Saints need help in both areas.
Apr 13 - 2:14 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes Washington State DT Xavier Cooper is a "quick-twitch penetrating defensive tackle," who could be an option for the Seattle Seahawks with the No.63 pick in the draft.

"To maximize his potential, Cooper will need to add strength but and with shorter-than-ideal arms (31 1/2") there is only so much he can do in this regard. He is a quick-twitch penetrating defensive tackle, however, who could prove surprise as an interior pass rusher on a rotational basis," Rang wrote. In Indy, the 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper, ran an eye-opening 4.86 forty, which was the best amongst DTs at the combine. The Washington State prospect was a versatile chess piece, as he played inside and out in the cougars varied front.
Apr 10 - 3:11 PM

Washington State WR Vince Mayle (thumb) ran forties between 4.56 and the mid 4.6s at his personal pro day.

Nursing a broken thumb at the combine which forced him to switch his start stance to left-handed, Mayle struggled to forty times of 4.67 and 4.73 in Indy. All healed, he lopped roughly .1 off his time, which should be good enough to stamp a ticket into the draft, if that ticket wasn't stamped previously. Mayle was still wearing a cast when WSU held its pro day in March, so he worked out individually for seventeen teams on Wednesday. Of note amongst the attendees were receiver coaches from the Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
Apr 2 - 9:49 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein writes that Washington State QB Connor Halliday "[lacks] a strong arm and an ability to create plays outside of the pocket."

"Halliday shows an adequate level of football intelligence and has enough accuracy to warrant a draft pick," Zierlein wrote. "One positive is that he has clearly improved over the last two seasons and might continue on the same track once he works into an NFL system. A role as a backup might be his ceiling." Halliday checks in as Zierlein's No. 8 QB, which essentially means he's right on the borderline of getting drafted. The analyst compares him to Ryan Griffin.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 17 - 9:18 PM

Washington State WR Vince Mayle (thumb) will run the forty for scouts on April 1st.

Mayle's cast comes off on March 20th, so he was obviously unable to participate in Thursday's pro day. Mayle suffered the injury at the Senior Bowl. He had a poor combine, posting forty times of 4.67 and 4.73 and "[losing] money," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper. It's possible the thumb effected his times, as a league source confirmed to CBS that Mayle switched his stance due to the thumb injury, using his left hand for starts. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound former basketball player hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games last year. Lopping a tenth of a second off his 40 time would help stabilize his Day 3 stock.
Mar 15 - 10:44 PM

Washington State DT Xavier Cooper looked "outstanding" at the school's pro day, and one NFL source described him to Tony Pauline as a "beast."

Cooper elected to stand on his combine testing numbers, but did show off for scouts in position drills. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper, a high school sprinter, showed well at the combine by running for a DT-best 4.86 forty. Against heavy odds, Cooper may have moved all the way into Round 2. After he declared for the draft early, way back in January, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt predicted Cooper would "probably be somewhere between a sixth-round pick and a free agent."
Mar 15 - 9:21 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney believes Washington State DT Xavier Cooper "deserves a team's second-round pick and a chance to show what he can do in the NFL."

This is the highest evaluation we've seen on Cooper's value. For instance, NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt predicts Cooper will "probably be somewhere between a sixth-round pick and a free agent." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper, a high school sprinter, did show well at the combine by running for a DT-best 4.86 forty. "A lot of teams just see me as a versatile defensive lineman who can do a lot -- five-technique, three-technique, nose. So I can play all around the defensive front," said Cooper.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 11 - 4:54 PM

Washington State WR Vince Mayle was limited in combine workouts due to a broken right thumb.

Mayle suffered the injury at the Senior Bowl, according to a source. This news is actually something of a relief, as Mayle had a poor combine, posting forty times of 4.67 and 4.73 and "[losing] money," according to ESPN's Mel Kiper. It's possible the thumb effected his times, as a league source confirmed to CBS that Mayle switched his stance due to the injury, using his left hand for starts. CBS grades Mayle as a fifth- or sixth-rounder. "He's made steady strides as a route-runner and pass-catcher the past two seasons and has surprising lateral agility and balance for a receiver of his size," wrote Rob Rang. "His broad shouldered frame could earn Mayle consideration by some as even a hybrid tight end or H-back." The 6-foot-2, 224-pound former basketball player hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games last year.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 7 - 8:49 PM

Washington State WR Vince Mayle "ran poorly in Indy and lost some money," noted ESPN's Mel Kiper.

That said, Kiper added that the Cougars' prospect "has good size and great production, plus strong hands." As the analyst noted, Mayle posted disappointing forty times of 4.67 and 4.73 at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 6-foot-2, 224-pound former basketball player hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games last year in Mike Leach's pass-happy offense. He isn't a great athlete, but we like Mayle's physicality and ball skills. A creative offensive coordinator could develop him into a chain-mover. An NFC scout told NFL.com in December that Mayle is "the best-kept secret on the West Coast" and was "one of the biggest risers on draft boards" after a huge senior season.
Mar 1 - 2:47 PM

Washington State WR Vince Mayle posted forty times of 4.67 and 4.73 at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The 6-foot-2, 224-pound former basketball player was probably hoping to clock in the high 4.5s, but his final tallies aren't terribly surprising. Mayle hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns across 12 games last year in Mike Leach's pass-happy offense. Because of the scheme and his overall raw game, a decent chunk of that production came on gimmicks and bubble screens. That said, there's talent here, specifically in his physicality, ball skills, and strong hands. An NFC scout told NFL.com in December that Mayle is "the best-kept secret on the West Coast" and was "one of the biggest risers on draft boards" after a huge senior season. The likely Day 3 pick will have to provide special teams value early in his career to hang on long enough to iron out the technical deficiencies inherent to his current game.
Feb 21 - 8:34 PM


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