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An NFL offensive line consultant told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that he thought Washington State G Cody O'Connell had "no chance to recover" when beaten on the offensive line.

"When he gets beat by quickness, he has no chance to recover," the coach told Zierlein. "None. I think NFL teams will scheme him into facing mismatches on all passing downs." That's a problem. O'Connell (6'9/368) is a massive human being, and he's able to engulf defenders. The issue comes in his athleticism, and as the coach notes, he could be someone that teams scheme against. Expect a team to give him a chance as a late-round pick, but he'll have to do a lot of work to become a starter.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 17 - 9:56 PM

NFL.com Draft Analyst Daniel Jeremiah hears that the Chargers are considering taking a QB in the second round.

That doesn't necessarily mean the Chargers wouldn't take one in the first round, but it sounds like the Chargers would prefer to draft their QB of the future on Day 2. "While many have pointed to the possibility of taking Louisville's Lamar Jackson in the first round, I'd keep an eye on guys like Washington State's Luke Falk, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph and Richmond's Kyle Lauletta in the second round." The Falk selection would be particularly interesting, as the accurate passer could learn a lot from Rivers going forward.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 16 - 10:33 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren lists Washington State's Cammon Cooper as a true freshman quarterback that could see the field early.

Washington State has a need at quarterback, as Luke Falk graduated and is off to the NFL, and the tragic death of Tyler Hilinski leaves a hole on and off the field for the Cougars. He will likely have to beat out ECU transfer Gardner Minshew to take over at the position, but as VanHaaren notes, "Cooper threw for 58 touchdowns and 4,726 yards as a senior in high school in Utah and will fit right in with the air raid offense." This could be one of the more intriguing quarterback battles in the Pac-12.
Source: ESPN
Apr 14 - 12:53 PM

NFL.com Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Washington State T Cole Madison will meet with the Seahawks on Saturday.

Rapoport also notes that Madison met with the Cowboys on the fifth and Washington on the sixth. At 6-foot-5, 308-pounds, the former Cougar does not have elite size, but he was an analytical darling, and performed well at Senior Bowl practices. He could be an early Day 3 selection.
Apr 7 - 1:57 PM

A West Coast scout for an NFC team said that Washington State QB Luke Falk has "gotten so beat up in that offense that his health and poise are huge concerns for me moving forward."

On the health front, Falk has past concussion concerns under his belt and played the most recent season while nursing a fractured left wrist. The West Coast scout in question said that he was intrigued by Falk's development through his sophomore season in Pullman, but that he did not see the expected steps forward from the signal-caller in the years that followed. All this being said, the 6-foot-4, 224-pound Washington State product reportedly showed out nicely during his workout for NFL teams last week and may well end up drafted higher than might be expected due to the relatively thin nature of this quarterback class. The Dolphins are one team which has linked to Falk this spring.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 6:56 PM

The Spokesman-Review's Theo Lawson reports that Washington State has added Idaho to its schedule for the 2025 season.

The game is set to be played on Aug. 30, 2025, in Martin Stadium. The Vandals -- heading to the FCS upcoming -- will receive a nice payday for the contest, which will reportedly net them $625,000. This contest actually now makes up the back-end of a little two-game series, as Wazzu will earlier be hosting the boys from Moscow on Sept. 19, 2020. The Cougs are 72-20 all time against Idaho.
Mar 30 - 3:49 PM

Washington State QB Luke Falk performed well in his workout at the Utah State pro day on Wednesday.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline offered up a few interesting nuggets regarding Falk, who was forced to throw at Utah State's pro day because Wazzu's own school pro day lacked receivers. Pauline passes along that the 6-foot-4, 224-pounder has only recently been able to start lifting weights, as he had been rehabbing from a left wrist fracture suffered in-season. Not only is that wrist now healed, Falk has also added significant weight over the last two-plus months, putting on 13 pounds since the Senior Bowl. For a quarterback who struggled with injuries (notably concussions) during his time in college, the weight addition is welcome. Falk also did well to squash questions about his arm strength, delivering the ball with zip and closing out pro day via a pair of 65-yard passes. He hit on 51-of-55 tosses overall. Representatives from the Bills, Bengals, Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jets all watched his workout. Miami, in particular, is said to be quite interested in Falk.
Mar 28 - 6:01 PM

Gridiron Magazine's Simon Clancy passes along that the Miami Dolphins "have been showing very significant interest" in Washington State QB Luke Falk.

Not only did the Dolphins meet with Falk on Washington State's pro day earlier this month, they'll be checking out the Pullman signal-caller in a special throwing session on March 28. This is necessitated by the fact that Falk didn't actually have any receivers to throw to on the aforementioned pro day. As for other potential landing spots for Falk -- viewed as a borderline Day 2 prospect -- keep an eye on the Saints. DraftScout.com's Rob Rang pointed to New Orleans as an ideal fit for the quarterback.
Mar 24 - 2:52 PM

ECU senior QB Gardner Minshew reversed course on a commitment to transfer to Alabama and will now instead transfer to Washington State as a graduate.

It was reported by multiple outlets near the end of February that Minshew would be moving on to Alabama to serve as an insurance option to Tua Tagovailoa/Jalen Hurts. In terms of his future beyond college, it made sense -- Minshew is interested in getting into coaching and wanted to learn from HC Nick Saban -- but the 6-foot-2, 216-pounder was exceedingly unlikely to see the field in Tuscaloosa barring injury. He has a much, much stronger chance to start with Washington State, where there is no set starter following the graduation of Luke Falk and the tragic suicide of Tyler Hilinski. As for Minshew's current competition, Trey Tinsley, Anthony Gordon and highly-anticipated true freshman Cammon Cooper are all in the mix. Minshew -- who plans on moving to Pullman in early May -- threw for 2,140 yards with a 16/7 TD/INT ratio at East Carolina this past season. He's hopeful to have 3/4 of HC Mike Leach's Air Raid system learned by the time he heads to WSU in early summer.
Mar 20 - 7:37 PM

NFL Draft Scout's Rob Rang mentioned on the Man 2 Man podcast that Washington State QB Luke Falk would be a "perfect fit" for the New Orleans Saints.

Rang mentions that Falk (6'4/215) will be in the mix for the third round. He'll have to be, as Falk wouldn't make sense as a first-round pick, and the Saints don't have a second-round pick in 2018. "I think you would see the accuracy, the toughness and the touch that [Falk] has rather than perhaps the average arm strength that he has," Rang said. "That offense wouldn’t ask him to make the same type of throws that other schemes, especially those playing outside, would ask him to make."
Mar 19 - 7:44 PM

Former Washington State CB Zaire Webb is suing Cougars HC Mike Leach for "unfair treatment."

Webb was a freshman with the program this past season, at least up until Leach dismissed him in October following his and a teammate being charged with third-degree misdemeanors after being accused of stealing from the Pullman Walmart. Insufficient evidence caused those charges to ultimately be dropped. The lawsuit is alleging that Leach has "inconsistently applied" discipline when it comes to his so-called "three rules" to warrant kicking a player off the team -- violence toward women, use of illegal drugs and stealing. Webb claims that Leach has sometimes bent those rules via a lesser form of discipline in order to allow a player to stay on the team.
Source: Deadspin
Mar 10 - 2:03 PM

Washington State QB Luke Falk did not participate in the school pro day on Thursday.

Falk (6'4/215) will instead workout during Utah State's pro day on March 28. Such shifts are rare -- especially with quarterbacks -- but do happen. One issue Falk would have run into during WSU's pro day on Thursday is that there simply were no receivers on hand to throw to. Tavares Martin would have been an option, but he was dismissed from the team in December. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that all 32 NFL teams had been previously been notified (about a month ago) of Falk's decision to bypass his program's pro day.
Mar 9 - 3:55 PM

NFLDraftScout's Dane Brugler listed Washington State DL Hercules Mata'afa as one of the players who raised questions after his performance at the combine.

Mata'afa put up excellent numbers while at Washington State, and was consistently rated one of the best pass-rushers by analytical sites like Pro Football Focus. Unfortunately, he didn't answer concerns about whether or not he'll be able to translate that at the next level. "On film, it is tough to find a defensive lineman with a better get-off burst than Mata’afa, who posted 47 tackles for loss the last three seasons," Brugler writes. "However, NFL teams are concerned about his "fit" at the next level and his athletic testing numbers won’t help ease concerns." It seems likely that Mata'afa will go somewhere on Day 3, but he may be closer to the sixth-round than the third at this point.
Mar 8 - 12:16 PM

Draft Wire's Michael Middlehurt-Schwartz listed Washington State QB Luke Falk as one of the losers of the NFL Scouting Combine.

Falk didn't participate in any of the athletic showings, so it was up to his arm to impress scouts and front-office members on Saturday. According to Middlehurst-Schwartz, they did not. "[Falk] was one of the most erratic passers in drills and struggled with his ball placement," he writes. "Falk's workout might not override his robust college workload, but questions still linger about how he will transition from the "Air Raid" offense." There's a chance Falk goes anywhere from the second round to Day 3.
Source: Draft Wire
Mar 5 - 6:30 PM

Washington State WR Tavares Martin ran the 40 yard dash in 4.80 seconds on Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Martin (6'1/185) had the slowest 40 yard dash time of any wide receiver at the combine on Saturday. That's not going to help his draft stock. He also posted a 31.5 inch vertical, which is one of the worst verticals of the position as well. He was viewed as a seventh-round project coming into Saturday by Lance Zierlein, and nothing he did during the combine will change that projection for the better.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 3 - 10:13 PM


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