The first round of the NFL draft is in the books, and (as expected) no players from the Washington State Cougars were selected. That could change tonight, however, as rounds two and three commence at 4 p.m. PT.
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Of the Cougs’ draft-eligible players, defensive tackle/end/edge rusher Hercules Mata’afa and quarterback Luke Falk seem to be the players most likely to be called, although offensive lineman Cole Madison has perhaps an outside shot at the third round, as well.
According to Dan Kader of SBNation.com, Mata’afa is the Cougs’ highest ranked prospect, checking in at No. 89 — or, near the end of the third round. His draft position is considered rather volatile, however, as the consensus all-American will be changing positions, and that makes it hard to project.
Falk is actually the lowest of the three Cougs on Kader’s list, checking in at No. 194. He’s clearly in (at best) the second tier of quarterbacks behind the group that was selected last night (Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson), and Kader’s ranking projects him as a sixth round pick. That said, there’s always a quarterback premium, and Falk has told people he expects to be selected in the second round. Is there a team that is in love with him that will want to get their hands on him early tonight?
Madison, meanwhile, is ranked No. 160 by Kader, which would put him in the 4th/5th round area, which means he will probably be waiting until the third day, along with WSU’s other prospects that include Frankie Luvu, Cody O’Connell, Jamal Morrow, and Tavares Martin Jr.