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Connor Halliday, Xavier Cooper, Vince Mayle prep for NFL Scouting Combine

The three Cougars will attempt to impress this week in Indianapolis.

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It's a big week for NFL Draft prospects as those considered to be the top prospects will converge onto Indianapolis this week for the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. That includes three players from Washington State with Connor Halliday, Xavier Cooper and Vince Mayle all scheduled to attend.

Although some parts of the combine may not have much value, it is a great place to showcase skills in front of NFL decision makers. Whether that is in the weight room, during positional drills or moving around quickly in tight spandex shorts. A good workout can boost a players' draft stock while a poor showing can leave ground to make up. For Mayle and Cooper it's a great opportunity to show they are more athletic than you'd expect for players their size. Whether it's agility or top end speed, they have a chance to turn some heads. Both are fully capable of impressing in what the combine showcases.

Halliday's situation is a bit different as he's coming off a serious injury. It will be a good chance for one-on-ones with coaches, scouts and general managers. Halliday will also have a chance to get on the white board with coaches and show off his football IQ. I wouldn't expect him to participate in any drills coming off his injury.

Players start arriving for the combine on Tuesday, but Halliday and Mayle will be among the group arriving on Wednesday. They will then participate in drills on Friday and Saturday. Cooper and the defensive linemen will arrive on Thursday and work out on Saturday and Sunday.

Because it's the NFL, you will be able to watch Mayle and Cooper workout with live coverage on NFL Network. In the meantime there is a Q&A with Cooper in the links below, including him describing himself as a "foodie."



NFL Draft Prospect: Q&A with Washington State DL Xavier Cooper - Lombardi Ave - A Green Bay Packers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
One such player could be former Washington State defensive lineman Xavier Cooper. Cooper is already considered to be an early-round prospect by many draft analysts and valuable day-two pick.


Josh Hawkinson doubling his fun with the Cougars | Cougar Basketball | The Seattle Times
The airplane was due to take off from Pullman in 50 minutes, and still, Josh Hawkinson and his mom Nancy hadn’t heard what they wanted to hear.


Cougar Come Away with 4-3 Win over Lumberjacks - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Tyler McDowell’s two-run double gave Washington State the lead and Ian Hamilton’s four-out save preserved the win as the Cougars came away with a 4-3 victory over Stephen F. Austin Monday night at Jaycees Field.