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Washington State QB Connor Halliday is no longer with the Redskins.

Halliday has decided not to attend rookie minicamp. The expectation is that he will retire from the sport, because, as a source told ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, Halliday "had lost his love for football." While he posted video game stats at Washington State, Mike Leach's staff never seemed completely warm to him. An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month that "nobody" at Washington State "was sorry to see" Halliday leave.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 10:22 PM

When asked about starting QB Luke Falk, Washington State HC Mike Leach said the redshirt sophomore displayed steady improvement.

"I think in particular, just leadership, taking command of the team and being the guy that kind of leads the offseason," Leach said. Falk started the final three games of the 2014 season for an injured Connor Halliday. In six games he threw for 1,859 yards, 13 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Source: OC Register
May 13 - 10:12 AM

Redskins signed Washington State QB Connor Halliday.

Halliday (6'3/196) made 28 starts at Wazzu, completing 62.0 percent of his career throws with a 90:50 TD-to-INT ratio. He finished his four-year career as the school's all-time leader in passing yards (11,304) and touchdown passes. Although Halliday was an accurate college passer, he is undersized by NFL standards with small hands (8 3/8") and sub-par arm strength. Playing almost strictly in the shotgun at Washington State, Halliday did not appear comfortable making throws when pressured. He isn't more than a practice squad candidate in Washington behind Robert Griffin, Kirk Cousins, and Colt McCoy.
May 3 - 10:54 PM

Browns selected Washington State WR Vince Mayle with the No. 123 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Mayle (6'2/224) played hoops in community college from 2009-2010 before transferring to Washington State for his junior and senior years. In just two seasons, Mayle piled up 148 catches for 2,022 yards (13.7 YPR) and 16 TDs. Mayle isn't a particularly good athlete despite his basketball background, running 4.67 at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. He did most of his college receiving damage on bubble screens and dropped a whopping 13 passes as a senior. Mayle is a tight end/H-back/slot receiver hybrid.
May 2 - 1:15 PM

Browns selected Washington State DT Xavier Cooper with the No. 96 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Cooper (6'3/293) made 34 starts for Washington State, amassing 31.5 TFLs, 13 sacks, and three forced fumbles. He displayed plus athleticism for his size in Indianapolis, running 4.86 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump and 7.23 three-cone time. Cooper has short arms (31 1/2") and isn't much of a run defender, but he is a quick-footed inside rusher with aggressive hand use. Cooper projects as a three-technique penetrator and should push for snaps right away on passing downs.
May 1 - 11:15 PM

An anonymous NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "nobody" at Washington State "was sorry to see" QB Connor Halliday leave and he "can't find anybody there that liked this guy."

Tell us how they really feel. If the Wazzu coaching staff is indeed trashing Halliday out the door (which wouldn't be terribly surprising, as they did so rather publicly with DT Xavier Cooper), it could hurt the signal-caller's tenuous draft stock. Since we can't confirm or deny this report, lets stick to his on-field evaluation. "He finds the open guy well at times but then he throws into coverage too often," the scout said. Another concluded: "He's got a talented arm. Plays in a wide-open system. He's smart enough (Wonderlic of 22). He'll need a little bit of work on his footwork, but he's got enough to take a shot on." The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Halliday threw for 11,308 yards and 90 touchdowns in college.
Apr 28 - 9:39 PM

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


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