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2018 Washington State prospect primer

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Scouting Notes

2018 Washington State prospect primer

Below are the notable Washington State prospects eligible for the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cougars are well known for their offense, and this year will be no exception. The team returns notable starters Luke Falk, Jamal Morrow and Cody O’Connell to lead the aerial assault.

Offense

Quarterback Luke Falk – 6040, 225 – Redshirt Senior

Box score scouts will instantly fall in love with Falk, who has taken full advantage of Coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid system. Falk operates the offense to perfection but that does come as a hinderance to scouting an NFL projection. Falk doesn’t do very well to slide and force rushers to miss and is quick to pull the trigger on shallow crosses. His production is skewed disproportionately to suggest a highly accurate passer. Instead, Falk is getting a lot of the leg work done for him in this offense.

WSU offensive lineman Cody O?’Connell (76) blocks UCLA senior linebacker Jayon Brown (12). (Photo by Robert Johnson/Icon Sportswire)

Running Back Jamal Morrow – 5090, 200 – Redshirt Senior

Morrow is a fun back and one that few people in the country would be able to pick out of a lineup. The Redshirt Senior is diminutive in height but tough as nails when carrying the football. He brings a nice set of hands as well; he can be a useful weapon coming out of the backfield as a receiver.

Offensive Lineman Cody O’Connell – 6090, 370 – Redshirt Senior

O’Connell is a towering presence at Left Guard. As much as his measurables would be a desirable fit at Tackle; O’Connell doesn’t appear to possess the foot quickness to work on the boundary. Instead, he can utilize his wide wingspan to protect against defenders on the inside and put his heavy natural anchor to good use.

His pad level and foot quickness will likely prevent him from being a scheme universal prospect, however.

Defense

Defensive End Hercules Mata’afa – 6020, 255 – Redshirt Junior

Mata’afa is more than just a spectacular name (and it is spectacular, isn’t it?). Hercules is built like his Greek demigod namesake and plays with an impressive motor. The urgency in which Mata’afa plays from snap to whistle will give him a chance to repeat as the team’s leading defender in splash plays (18.5 sacks/tackles for loss in 2016).

Kyle Crabbs

Kyle Crabbs is the founder/Director of Scouting of NDT Scouting Services, a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the lead NFL Draft analyst for the FanRag Sports Network.

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