Could Xavier Cooper go undrafted?


When Cooper (6-3 1/2, 295 pounds) made the decision to declare for the draft, Washington State coach Mike Leach reached out to me and asked me to look at Cooper's tape and tell Cooper what I thought. He had 13 sacks in his career, which is good for a defensive tackle, but he'll probably be somewhere between a sixth-round pick and a free agent. I just don't think it's in a guy's best interest to come out early and be a sixth-round pick. Why not stay in school and probably improve yourself three or four rounds?

Harsh words from's Gil Brandt, a former VP of player personnel with the Dallas Cowboys. Tough to know if Cooper made his decision on someone's advice or because of circumstances, but he might find himself having to go the free agent route.