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Redskins give Washington State QB Halliday a close look


Washington State held two pro day events, the first on March 12 and a second on April 1 for quarterback Connor Halliday, who was recovering from a broken leg suffered in a game against USC on Nov. 1.

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At the March 12 pro day, representatives from 10 NFL teams were present for a workout that was held outdoors in 54-degree temperatures and run on FieldTurf.

Defensive tackle Xavier Cooper (6-foot-3 3/8, 298 pounds) stood on his numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine. Cooper was put through his positional workout by an assistant coach from the Detroit Lions.

Defensive tackle Kalafitoni "Toni" Pole (6-1 5/8, 311) ran the 40-yard dash in 5.31 seconds against the wind and 5.23 seconds with the wind. He had a 29-inch vertical jump and 8-foot-4 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.85 seconds. Pole is a likely free-agent pickup possibility for a team following the 2015 NFL Draft.

At the April 1 pro day, presentatives from 16 teams -- including Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan and wide receiver coaches from three teams -- were present to watch two Washington State prospects -- Halliday and wide receiver Vince Mayle -- work out.

Halliday (6-3 1/4, 204) didn't do any of the runs or jumps, but did do a positional workout, and threw the ball very good. On the receiving end of Halliday's passes was Mayle (6-2, 219).

Mayle ran the 40 three times, doing so in 4.65, 4.52 and 4.56 seconds. Mayle -- who has nine-inch hands -- has a lot of upside. Mayle started his college career as a basketball player at Shasta Community College (Calif.). He transferred to Sierra Community College (Calif.) to play football before ultimately attending Washington State. Mayle played just two seasons at WSU, but earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors and was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist (given to nation's top wide receiver) in 2014.

Halliday had a visit scheduled with the Redskins this week, according to the Washington Post. Despite the early November injury that sidelined him for the rest of the 2014, Halliday still had 3,873 yards passing and led FBS quarterbacks with 430.3 passing yards per game.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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