NFL draft: Vince Mayle snares high praise

VINCE MAYLE received a high compliment over the weekend. CBS Sports' draft guru Rob Rang picked the Washington State wideout for his annual Rang's Gang squad-- a collection of underrated draft prospects who "will make their impact in the NFL through hustle, determination and doing all the little things." He dubs Mayle "a poor man's Anquan Boldin."

"Perhaps not surprising given the relative strengths of their positions in the 2015 draft class, running back David Cobb (Minnesota), wideout Vince Mayle (Washington State) and defensive end Trey Flowers (Arkansas) personify the grit and production necessary to earn a spot on my squad," Rang wrote in this column.

The only hard-and-fast rule for his 14-man squad is that no consensus first-round picks are allowed.

Mayle is widely projected to be a fifth- or sixth-round pick in the draft, which runs from April 30-May 2.

"As you can see from his 40 time (4.56-plus), Mayle lacks home-run speed. I see a combination of size, balance, strength and toughness, however, that suggests the former juco basketball convert could prove a poor man's Anquan Boldin," Rang wrote. "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."

Boldin is a 12-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowler with 940 career catches.

ONE OF RANG'S COLLEAGUE AT CBS, Jason La Canfora, was writing about another NFL prospect from Cougarville over the weekend.

"Washington State's Connor Halliday is recovered from injury and drawing a buzz," he said. "He was on pace to smash records before breaking his leg and impressed at his pro day. 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).

Halliday is generally thought to be a late-round pick or free-agent signee.

MEANWHILE, ESPN'S MEL KIPER IS OUT with his latest projections for the draft's first three rounds and sees WSU defensive lineman Xavier Cooper going to Green Bay in the third round with the 94th overall pick.

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