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Which Cougs Will Go in the NFL Draft?

The NFL Draft will be (virtually) held starting Thursday, April 23rd, through Saturday, April 25th. This year WSU had two of their players get invited to the NFL Draft Combine: QB Anthony Gordon & WR Dezmon Patmon. Unfortunately, WSU’s Pro Day was cancelled due to COVID-19. This did not help WRs Brandon Arconado & Easop Winston Jr, in their chances of showing off their skills to the 32 NFL teams. Any of these four WSU standouts have the abilities and skills to flourish in the NFL. Here is the breakdown on the four former Cougs who should be given a chance in the draft, and a spot on an NFL roster.

Anthony Gordon – Given a 5.58 prospect grade at the combine, or “chance to make end of roster or practice squad”. Seems utterly similar to Gardner Minshew’s score of 5.60 in 2019 – we all know what happened there. Gordon set single-season Pac-12 records in passing TDs (48), passing yards (5,596), total offense, and completions (493). At 6’2, 205 lbs, Gordon was given the #12 spot in QB rankings for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Prediction: Fifth round. Teams will see him as a back-up caliber quarterback. He could make a serious push for becoming a second-string, or even a starter for NFL teams who are limited in their QB depth, and looking for a great all-around play-maker.

Dezmon Patmon – Given a 5.64 prospect grade at the combine, or “chance to make end of roster or practice squad”. Throughout his campaign at WSU, Patmon had 156 receptions, 1,976 receiving yards and 13 TDs. Dez is a big dude, clocking in at 6’4, 225 lbs. He ranked #45 in WR ranking for the draft. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, hit 15 on bench press, and received some love from ESPN Analyst Louis Riddick:

Prediction: Fifth round. Dez could get a big-time opportunity for a team looking for a big, NFL-ready WR (or maybe even TE) due to his measurables and skills that he portrayed at WSU and during the combine. Me, a homer, would love to see Dez in a Seahawks uniform, but no matter where he goes, he won’t disappoint.

Easop Winston Jr –  It blew my mind how he was not granted an invitation to the combine. Throughout Winston’s two years in Pullman, he had 137 receptions, 1,624 receiving yards and 11 TDs. Due to the unfortunate circumstances going on in life right now, Pullman’s Pro Day was cancelled. So, what did Winston do? He had his own “Virtual Pro Day”, where he ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, which was the seventh fastest time out of all WRs.

Prediction: Sixth round. Several different sources see Easop going to the San Francisco 49ers, whether that’s in the fifth or sixth round. Here is why that is a good decision: he grew up and played JUCO ball in San Fran, the 49ers could add onto their WR depth, and really, what is the risk on Winston? He is a quick receiver that runs routes to perfection and has ginormous, yet soft hands that do a great job receiving and holding onto the football. Winston is a steal no matter what team he ends up on.

Brandon Arconado – At Washington State, Arconado flourished in his Redshirt-Senior year. He had 78 receptions, 1,109 receiving yards and seven TDs. He was WSU’s first 1,000-yard receiver since 2015. At 6’0, 193 lbs, Arconado is the fourth former-Coug on the list that has a solid shot in the NFL.

Prediction: Undrafted FA. Arconado was a stud in his last season in Pullman, and he is going to be on an NFL roster. What negatively affected him was not having the ability to participate in a Pro Day. Arconado is a receiver with speed and sure hands, and will most likely go undrafted, but will prove the doubters wrong when his day comes.

(Photos by: Jack Ellis – Cougar Sports Network)

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