Combine: WSU's Mayle injured, will not bench
WR Vince Mayle
Ian Rapoport, national insider for NFL Network and NFL.com, reported on Twitter that Mayle has a broken thumb. He will do everything except for bench press because the NFL will not allow him to participate in that exercise.
Adidas officially announced they have signed Mayle along with several other wide receiver prospects.
NEPatriots Draft's C.J. Sousa said in an article published late Thursday night that Mayle glides on the field because he plays with more finesse than brute force. Sousa also said Mayle runs routes fluidly and is impressive in how hard he breaks out of his routes. This allows him to gain space away from defenders.
Sousa went on to say Mayle's inexperience in playing only two years of FBS ball is a bit of a problem, and that he runs routes short on third down. However, he said Mayle's upside is tremendous. The combination of his athletic ability and continued improvement had Sousa rating him ahead of many other receivers in a 2015 draft class that is very deep at the position.
Emerald City Swagger, a website covering sports in Seattle and throughout Washington, said on Twitter that Mayle looks really good on film, and could be a third-round steal.
There was no indication as to which teams Mayle has met with at the Combine.
Mayle and the wide receivers are scheduled to participate in on-field workouts (40-yard dash, broad jump, shuttle run, vertical jump, etc.) on Saturday.
QB Connor Halliday
The NFL.com scouting report says Halliday improved his decision-making a lot this past season. The report also says Halliday improved his accuracy, and that he shows a good feel for timing routes.
The biggest thing that stood out in that NFL.com scouting report on Halliday: "Doesn't have a big arm by any stretch, but was able to throw deep comeback to side with some success." The specific NFL scout who wrote the report was Lance Zierlein.
Zierlein added that Halliday "shows some signs of panic" when he is rushed from the middle of the pocket.
Zierlein called Halliday a "system quarterback," which is something Mike Leach said during the season that he detests and does not believe in. Zierlein added that Halliday's highest potential is probably in a backup role somewhere.
Zierlein compared Halliday to Ryan Griffin, a quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.
Rob Rang said on Twitter that Halliday met with the Cleveland Browns. That is an addition to the list USA Today posted yesterday which included the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and San Diego Chargers.
Halliday said on seahawks.com that he was surprised to receive an invite to the Combine.
"I didn't think I would since I can't do anything here right now. So super ecstatic about the opportunity," Halliday said.
DL Xavier Cooper
Dane Brugler, senior NFL Draft Analyst for NFLDraftScout, quoted Cooper on Twitter. Cooper said he hopes to "put on a show" in Indy. Brugler added in the tweet that Cooper wants to hit a low 4.7 in the 40-yard dash.
Andy Hart, assistant editor of Patriots Football Weekly, called Cooper a "very impressive dude." He quoted Cooper as saying, "Nobody in the world is self-made, but a lot of people are self-motivated."
Josh Norris of Rotoworld and NBC Sports reported on Twitter that Cooper measured at 6-3 and 293 pounds. His arms are 31 1/2 inches. His hands are 9 3/8 inches.
Gregg Bell, Seahawks beat writer for The News Tribune, called Cooper impressive and humble during his media session.
Lance Zierlein of NFL.com said Cooper "lacks the power to muscle up and hold his ground, but his ability to win with his hands and be a disruptive pass rusher could offer him immediate value as a rotational defensive tackle with a shot to become a starter."
Zierlein compared Cooper to Clinton McDonald, a defensive tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Cooper and the other defensive linemen will participate in on-field workouts on Sunday.
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