Who are Cougs' top NFL draft prospects?

AFTER WASHINGTON STATE'S DEONE BUCANNON went in the first round of the NFL Draft this year, what's next year looking like for draft-eligible prospects from the Cougars in 2015? Draft guru Rob Rang of CBS Sports and NFLDraftScout published his take on Monday.

Of WSU's three top prospects identified by Rang, two of them are juniors.

They are DL Xavier Cooper, MIK Darryl Monroe and WR Vince Mayle.

Cooper has good initial quickness off the snap and surprising acceleration and balance, according to Rang.

"He is strong enough to hold up at the point of attack but could improve his play by gaining more explosiveness, which will help him discard blockers more efficiently," said Rang.

Monroe has a great frame and his weight room work has been obvious on the field, says Rang.

"He's highly aggressive and doesn't possess great balance, which results in some big collisions when he guesses right and some cut-back opportunities when he overruns the play," said Rang.

Mayle impressed Rang a year ago with his quickness for his size. With Mayle dropping a good 20 pounds, it will be interesting to see what Rang says after this season.

"While he does not possess ideal burst off the line of scrimmage, he has lateral quickness to slip the jam and to elude defenders. Mayle possesses deceptive build-up speed and can track the ball over his shoulder as well as turn back to use his height and leaping ability to win 50-50 balls," said Rang.

Two Cougars to watch this season and who could make their way into the NFL mix, says Rang, are senior QB Connor Halliday and junior WR Gabe Marks.

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