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Cougar hopefuls set for the NFL Draft

The first round begins on Thursday with Connor Halliday, Vince Mayle and Xavier Cooper all having a good chance to be selected.

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For the first time since 2007, Washington State has a good chance to have multiple players selected in the NFL Draft. The 2015 draft will begin on Thursday and continue until Saturday. Xavier Cooper is a lock to be drafted and could go on Day 2 in the second or third round. Vince Mayle is likely to hear his name called on Saturday and Connor Halliday could also be picked on Saturday.

If at least two are selected, it would be the first time multiple Cougars are picked in the same round since Eric Frampton and Jason Hill were picked in 2007. If all three get drafted, it would be the first time three or more Cougars are picked in the same draft since 2005.

Cooper is considered by many as a top 100 prospect and he seems to be landing in the third in most mock drafts I've found. NFL.com recently did a seven-round mock draft and in it, Cooper went in the third round to Minnesota while Mayle went to the Ravens in the sixth round.

Halliday wasn't selected in that mock draft, but does have a chance to be a late-round pick. He only needs one team to fall in love with the arm talent and the good news is Halliday is 100 percent healthy.

"Everybody is just so worried if I'm healthy," Halliday said, via a Seattle Times feature from Jayson Jenks. "I have proof that I'm healthy. People still ask, but I am healthy. I couldn't be more healthy. I got 100 percent cleared."

After weeks of workouts, combines, draft visits, pro days and more, Cooper, Mayle and Halliday don't have much longer left to wait. Then they just have to make a NFL team.

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