WSU WR Vince Mayle having a great week

WASHINGTON STATE receiver Vince Mayle is having a great week in the run up to Saturday's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. His first-ever trading card is hot off the presses from Upper Deck -- as the autograph session photos above can attest -- and, more importantly, he's drawing attention for his work on the practice field.

Scout.com's Jamie Newberg has been in Mobile all week and tells Cougfan.com Mayle definitely is leaving a positive impression.

"He is a put-together wide receiver and had a solid week of practice," he said. "He's a physical wide out that showed soft hands. He has sneaky speed. He showed good body control and concentration in the air."

He also said Mayle made a few "splash plays" and clearly was not afraid "to put his hat on a defender when blocking."

Mike Mayock of NFL Media was quoted as saying Mayle has "better movement skills than I expected."

Mayock's praise drew the attention of Mike Leach's old buddy, Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, who tweeted that Cougar outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons "deserves a lot of credit for finding & developing the raw former hoops player."

Meanwhile, Chris Burke of Sports Illustrated, chimed in by tweeting, "Mimicking others on this, but Washington State WR Vince Mayle looks sharp. Plucks the ball like someone is handing it off to him."

All this falls in line with a Rotoworld.com report last month in which an unnamed NFC scout is quoted as saying Mayle is "the best-kept secret on the West Coast" and "one of the biggest risers on draft boards."

At a sturdy 6-2 and 219 pounds, and a mentality that's not bashful about getting physical, there's a lot to like about Mayle -- especially after this just-concluded season in which he tied for fourth in the nation in catches (106) and was fifth in receiving yards (1,483).

Roughly 800 NFL general managers, coaches and other personnel are on hand for all or parts of Senior Bowl week, which concludes with Saturday's game (1 p.m. PT kickoff, NFL Networks).

NFLdraftscout.com projects Mayle being taken in the third or fourth rounds of April's NFL Draft. They currently slot him as the No. 123 overall pick and No. 18 receiver. WalterFootball.com forecasts him as the No. 116 overall pick.

Besides the Senior Bowl, Mayle will have a chance to impress pro teams at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis from Feb. 17-23 when more than 300 of the nation's top prospects gather for tests, drills and workouts.

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