2013 NFL Draft Prospects: Washington State

These are the school’s prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * – denotes 2014 prospect ** – denotes 2015 prospect.

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  1. Marquess Wilson*, WR, Washington State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 194. Arm: 31.18. Hand: 9.28.
    40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2013): 3-5.

    4/24/13: Like a few other receivers, the Combine interviews were the most important part of Wilson’s time in Indianapolis. He ran faster than expected in the 40-yard dash.

    Wilson’s time at Washington State ended in controversy. The team claimed to have suspended the receiver, while other reports say he quit the team. Reportedly, Wilson frequently clashed with the new coaching staff; he alleged abuse.

    Wilson totaled 52 receptions for 813 yards with five touchdowns in 2012. He had some good games, but was held in check a few times. Washington State’s quarterback play was inconsistent.

    8/17/12: Wilson had an excellent freshman season in 2010, catching 55 balls for 1,006 yards and six scores. He built on that success by becoming one of the most productive receivers in the nation last year, making 82 receptions for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns.

    Wilson is a big target who needs to fill out his frame with some more muscle. He has excellent hands with top-notch body control and that makes him dangerous in the red zone.

    The one big concern with Wilson is his speed. He doesn’t seem to get lots of separation and looks like he lacks explosiveness. Wilson routinely makes contested catches over defensive backs, but it would be good to see him work himself more open.

  2. Travis Long, OLB, Washington State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 256.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.79.
    Projected Round (2013): 6-FA.

    4/24/13: Long turned in three multi-sack games through the first four contests of 2012. He totaled 61 tackles, 13 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks, four passes batted, an interception and a forced fumble for the year.

    Long should definitely stay as a 3-4 linebacker in the NFL. He is very much in the mold of the Texans’ linebackers Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. Long didn’t participate in the Combine or play in an All-Star game.

    8/29/12: The Cougars are making the switch to a 3-4 defense and moving Long to outside linebacker. He played linebacker in high school before being moved to end in college.

    Long is a much better fit as a standup linebacker who can use his speed and athleticism to attack offenses in space. If the senior performs well this season, he could be a prospect similar to Brooks Reed or Connor Barwin.

    Long has had modest production over the past two years. He had 51 tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, five sacks and one forced fumble in 2010. The junior notched 42 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss, four sacks and a forced fumble last season.

    While Long’s stat line is just decent, the coaches of the Pac-12 names him as a 2011 Second-Team All-Pac-12 selection. He had a bigger impact than his numbers illustrated.

    Long definitely is an outside linebacker for the NFL game. He is a nice sleeper prospect who could be in store for a good final season to elevate his draft stock.

  3. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 223.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2013): FA.

    4/24/13: Tuel had a disappointing start to the 2012 season against BYU and Eastern Washington. Connor Halliday split time at quarterback with him. Tuel completed 64 percent of his passes for 2,087 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He did not participate in the Combine.

    8/16/12: Tuel had numerous injuries as a junior that kept him out of all but three games. He was 29-of-45 (.644 percent) for 276 yards with one touchdown and zero interceptions. Tuel completed 60 percent of his passes in 2010, accruing 2,780 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

    Tuel has some potential, but has to stay healthy with a big season in order to be more than a third-day pick. Tuel has the makings for a big season with a new passing head coach Mike Leach and a great college receiver in Marquess Wilson. Tuel is a sleeper to watch.

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