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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Washington State redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will "probably be somewhere between a sixth-round pick and a free agent."

"When Cooper (6-3 1/2, 295 pounds) made the decision to declare for the draft, Washington State coach Mike Leach reached out to me and asked me to look at Cooper's tape and tell Cooper what I thought," Brandt wrote. "He had 13 sacks in his career, which is good for a defensive tackle, but he'll probably be somewhere between a sixth-round pick and a free agent. I just don't think it's in a guy's best interest to come out early and be a sixth-round pick. Why not stay in school and probably improve yourself three or four rounds?" We love this anecdote, previously reported by CBS, which also passed along that Cooper dodged Brandt's call. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper also received a grade from the advisory board that suggested he stay in school before opting into the draft. He's likely ticketed for Day 3.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 20 - 8:13 PM

Washington State coach Mike Leach phoned former Cowboy executive Gil Brandt recently "trying to talk some sense into a defensive lineman considering coming out early," reports CBS Sports.

Leach declined to identify the player to Dennis Dobbs, though Xavier Cooper, a defensive tackle, is the only Cougar underclassman who declared for the draft. "I couldn't get hold of him," Brandt said. "I don't know if he dodged my call or what. The guy is probably a sixth-round choice." The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper also received a grade from the advisory board that suggested he stay in school before opting into the draft. He's likely ticketed for Day 3.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 18 - 2:03 PM

Washington State redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper will enter the 2015 NFL Draft.

Cooper received a grade from the draft advisory board that suggested he stay in school, but Cooper made a different decision. Cooper has played in multiple alignments and fronts at Washington State, seeing time on the edge and inside.
Jan 5 - 9:51 AM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle is "the best-kept secret on the West Coast," said an NFC scout.

The scout told NFL.com that Mayle is "one of the biggest risers on draft boards" after a huge senior season. The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Mayle hauled in 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns this year. "Mayle is a big, physical pass catcher with strong hands and impressive ball skills," wrote NFL.com. "Although he is a raw, unpolished route runner, he has many of the physical traits NFL teams covet in developmental prospects. If placed in the right environment with a 'teacher' as his position, Mayle could grow from a special teams player to a solid contributor on offense early in his career."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:23:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle "would be a good "Plan B" for teams who miss out on WR DeVante Parker in the 1st round.

"Washington St WR Vince Mayle would be a good "Plan B" on day two for a team that covets WR DeVante Parker but doesn't get him in the 1st round," Brugler tweeted. The Washington State prospect has showcased strong hands, with the ability to high-point the football in contested situations this year. On the season, Mayle has hauled in 101 receptions and 1,405 yards which are each single-season records at Washington State.
Fri, Dec 5, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Washington State has fired DC Mike Breske and OLB coach Paul Volero.

The Cougars ended the season 3-9, including a 31-13 final loss to Washington. The only team Washington State kept under 23 points was Portland State.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 10:58:00 AM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks reports that NFL evaluators "are fascinated by the long-term potential" of Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle.

The 6-foot-3, 219-pound Mayle, who will play in both the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game, has hauled in 101 receptions and 1,405 yards this year. "Mayle is a big-bodied pass catcher with outstanding ball skills who has grown into a legitimate No. 1 receiver in the Cougars' passing game," Brooks wrote. "Against Arizona State, Mayle snagged 15 passes for 252 yards while displaying impressive athleticism, explosiveness and leaping ability. Mayle's ability to win 50-50 balls on the perimeter makes him an intriguing option for a team desperately looking for a big-bodied athlete to use on jump balls in the red zone. Considering the impact big, athletic receivers are making in today's game, Mayle's size and talent could make him a fast riser on draft boards during the pre-draft process." If Mayle tests out well, he figures to shoot up boards leading up to the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, Nov 25, 2014 01:02:00 AM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle has accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

The 6-foot-3, 219 pound Mayle, has also accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game. The Washington State prospect has showcases strong hands, with the ability to high-point the football in contested situations. On the season, Mayle has hauled in 101 receptions and 1,405 yards which are each single-season records at Washington State.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 02:24:00 PM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle "showed off an NFL skill set" in Saturday's loss to Arizona State, according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Mayle set the school's single-game receiving record with 15 receptions for 252 yards. "At 6-3, 219 pounds, Mayle (pronounced May-LEE) is every bit as impressive 'on the hoof' as Strong," Rang wrote. "He frequently beat Arizona State with slants and posts, using his broad shoulders to shield defenders from the ball. Mayle doesn't possess elite speed but he accelerates fluidly, which helps him separate just enough on verticals. Mayle, who recently accepted an invitation to participate in the East-West Shrine Game, also showed strong hands to pluck a number of contested passes out of the air." Mayle's 101 receptions and 1,405 yards are each single-season records at Washington State.
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 10:37:00 PM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle dominated in Saturday's loss to Arizona State, hauling in 15 receptions for 252 yards.

Mayle is essentially the perfect fit for Mike Leach's aerial attack, a highly athletic 6-foot-3, 219 pounds. He's a former basketball player who has a dunk contest win on his resume. In this iteration of his athletic career, all he's done is post 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns through 11 games. Last month, CBS Sports' Dane Brugler called Mayle an "impressive talent" and an "underrated NFL prospect." We agree on both accounts.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:40:00 PM

Washington State redshirt senior Connor Halliday broke his lower left leg against USC, not his ankle, which was previously reported.

Halliday snapped his tibia and fibula when Trojans defensive end Leonard Williams fell on his leg during Nov. 1's game. The senior's collegiate career is over, and he understands his legacy will be those gorgeous video game numbers. "It shows I was an explosive quarterback," Halliday said. "When we got rolling there was not too much other people could do to stop it."
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 08:24:00 PM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle has accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine game.

Listed at 6'3/219 pounds, Mayle offers size and has caught 86 passes for 1,152 yards and nine touchdowns in Washington State's pass focused offense. The JUCO transfer is also a former basketball player and won a dunk contest at the lower level of competition.
Source: Shrine Game
Sat, Nov 15, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Washington State redshirt senior WR Vince Mayle caught six balls for 143 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 39-32 win over Oregon State.

Redshirt freshman Luke Falk was making his first career start and Mayle's experienced play-making acted as a calming factor for the baby Cougar. Falk was replacing Connor Halliday, who broke his ankle against USC last week. Mayle hauled in a 48-yard touchdown reception, which gave him the school-record for receptions in a season. It was his 83rd. At 6-foot-3, 220 pounds, Mayle looks the part of a future NFL receiver.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:44:00 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports "that scouts unanimously feel it would be a mistake" if Washington State Cougars redshirt junior DT Xavier Cooper "opted for the draft."

"Since the story a week ago I’ve been hearing west coast scouts unanimously feel it would be a mistake if Cooper opted for the draft and he’s better off returning for another season on the college field," Pauline writes. The 6-foot-4, 303-pound Cooper has great size and strength at the point of attack, and has a good motor, but he isn't terribly explosive. He'll be an eye-of-the-beholder type prospect in war rooms if he decides to make the jump to the NFL.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 03:17:00 PM

Former Clemson freshman WR Kyrin Priester has signed a financial aid agreement with Washington State.

Priester had been dismissed from the Tigers in early September for "attitude" issues, per head coach Dabo Swinney at the time. Priester will get another shot to make good on the talent that led him to a 1,116 yard, 13 touchdown season his senior year in high school. He signed a financial aid agreement with Washington State on Wednesday. Priester won't be suiting up until 2016. Coming out of high school, he was the No. 3 rated prep school player and the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com's rankings. He'll have three years of eligibility remaining once the transfer dust settles.
Source: NBC Sports
Wed, Nov 5, 2014 05:51:00 PM


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