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Xavier Cooper lands in Cleveland

One down, hopefully two to go.

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Washington State made an appearance at the NFL Draft on Friday with Cleveland trading up to select Xavier Cooper with the No. 96 pick. Almost every mock draft I could find had Cooper going in the third round so it became a bit precarious when he was still on the board with just a handful of picks to go on Day 2. Any thought he might have to wait until Day 3 was quickly squashed with Cleveland moving up to grab him.

Giving up a couple of picks to get Cooper shows the Browns were clearly excited to grab him. So much so, they accidentally confused him with Destiny Vaeao ...

Vaeao

In all seriousness, Cleveland general manager Ray Farmer did have some good things to say.

"I really felt like he was a difference maker," Farmer said. "The guy played with an unbelievable motor. He ran and hustled to the ball. He showed that first-step quick explosion to defeat a block and get up the field.

I think the guy has a chance to be a really, really good NFL player."

With Cooper off the board, Vince Mayle and Connor Halliday will hopefully be next to hear their names called. The draft will resume with the fourth round at 9 a.m. PT Saturday morning. Several mocks had Vince Mayle going in the fourth round, so he may not have to wait much longer. Halliday said he was told he could go between the fourth round to not drafted at all. Hopefully both join Cooper in the 2015 draft class.

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"I really felt like he was a difference maker," Farmer said. "The guy played with an unbelievable motor. He ran and hustled to the ball. He showed that first-step quick explosion to defeat a block and get up the field. "I think the guy has a chance to be a really, really good NFL player."

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