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Xavier Cooper, other Cougars could be drafted on Day 2 of the NFL Draft

No Cougs came off the board in round 1, but that could change on Friday.

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Unlike last year when Deone Bucannon was selected by Arizona, no Washington State players were picked in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. That wasn't a surprise, however, with Xavier Cooper thought to be the first player off the board in the third round.

For WSU fans, the first round wasn't much to pay attention to. Several Pac-12 players came off the board, but there wasn't much of a chance Cooper, Vince Mayle or Connor Halliday were going to hear their names called. That should change on Friday as Cooper is widely regarded as a top 100 prospect and a second or third round pick. Mayle and Halliday figure to come off the board on Saturday at the earliest, but there is always a chance a team falls in love with Mayle's size and ceiling and picks him on Day 2. It would be a major surprise to see Halliday come off the board before Saturday.

Unlike the first round when teams receive 10 minutes per pick and it takes nearly four hours for 32 players to be drafted, the pace starts to pick up in the second and third rounds. Teams will have seven minutes to make a pick in the second round and five minutes in the third. That will allow the players to come off the board much faster and hopefully lead to Cooper being drafted quickly.

Day 2 of the draft is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. PT with coverage available on ESPN and NFL Network. There will be online coverage from WatchESPN and at NFL.com.

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