10 years since WSU NFL Draft looked like this

IF THE CYBERSPACE GURUS are right, Washington State will have three players taken in the NFL Draft that runs from April 30 - May 2 in Chicago. When was the last time the Cougars had three NFL draft picks in the same year?

Ten years ago, Washington State saw S Hamza Abdullah, CB Karl Paymah and OL Calvin Armstrong have their names called in the NFL draft. There's only been one other year since then that the Cougs had more than one player selected (2007: WR Jason Hill, S Eric Frampton).

DT Xavier Cooper, WR Vince Mayle and QB Connor Halliday are all projected to be drafted this year.

Cooper is projected by nfldraftscout.com to be selected in the second round. That would make him the first Cougar taken in Round 2 since 2002, when Minnesota took Raonall Smith with the 38th pick and Lamont Thompson went to Cincinnati at No. 41.

ESPN only projects the first two rounds and does not list Cooper among their Top 32. Draft Tek slots Cooper to go in Rounds 2-3.

According to nfldrafscout.com, Mayle is projected to go in the fifth round while they slot Halliday in Rounds 6-7. Draft Tek pegs Mayle in the fifth round as well, but see Halliday as an undrafted free agent.

Neither Halliday nor Mayle participated in WSU's Pro Day last week other than to get measured and talk with scouts. Halliday remains on the mend from his broken leg and Mayle sporting a cast on a broken thumb.

But both Halliday and Mayle could boost their draft stock in the coming weeks.

A source told CF.C Halliday and Mayle will hold a joint-workout sometime in early April in front of NFL scouts. It will be the first time since his injury that Halliday will throw for scouts. Despite his broken thumb, Mayle was a participant at the NFL combine, though the NFL officials wouldn't let him bench press.

Mayle was projected as a Day 3 pick (Rounds 4-7) by ESPN's Mel Kiper in an article after the combine. "Although he has good size and great production, plus strong hands, Mayle ran poorly in Indy and lost some money," said Kiper.

As for Halliday, it's impressive in a sense he's still on the board in March after not having thrown in front of scouts at all this offseason. It's not a big year for quarterbacks, only seven QBs are listed ahead of Halliday on nfldraftscout's board, and a top-notch, individual workout could conceivably vault Halliday up two spots and into Rounds 4-5.

  • Last year, safety Deone Bucannon was the No. 27 overall pick by Arizona in the first round.

  • The last time WSU had a DT taken in the draft was 2003 (Rien Long, Tennessee, Round 4).

  • The last Cougar quarterback drafted was Alex Brink (Houston, Round 7).

  • The last Washington State wide receiver taken in the draft was Marquess Wilson, a seventh round pick by the Bears.

  • WSU had no players taken in the 2012 or 2010 NFL drafts.

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