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Marks and Luani invited to NFL draft combine

Cougar stars look to boost draft stock.

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The premier showcase for the upcoming NFL draft has added Cougar stars Gabe Marks and Shalom Luani to this year’s event. The combine only invites a select group of players that are likely to be drafted, so this is a quite an honor for the two standouts. The combine is held February 28th through March 6th. Participants perform workouts such as the 40 yard dash, bench press and cone drills. They also do interviews with NFL personnel executives and go through medical exams.

Mark’s fluidity, hands and route-running seem are all big strengths for him according to draft experts, so running a good 40 time could be key for him to move up draft boards. With his 6 foot 190 pound frame it will be important that he show the NFL teams that he has explosive speed to profile as a slot receiver.

Luani’s big hitting ability and playmaking skills have been excellent in the WSU career, but his size and speed are question marks. He will also need to run a top 40 time and show well in agility drills. His 6 foot 205 pound frame is probably too light for the strong safety position, so he will need to show the potential to be a cover guy.

The NFL draft will be held on April 27-29. WSU’s pro day workout is March 9th.


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