Luke Falk, Cole Madison, Hercules Mata'afa and Tavares Martin Jr. have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine
Four Washington State players have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in April.
Quarterback Luke Falk, offensive tackle Cole Madison, defensive tackle Hercules Mata’afa, and receiver Tavares Martin, who was cut from the football team in December, will all be in Indianapolis for the combine.
Falk and Madison are coming off good performances at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. last month. Falk, especially, was lauded for his on field leadership skills, his insightful comments on suicide after Tyler Hilinski’s death, and his poise and accuracy on the field. NFL.com lists Falk as a third or fourth round draft selection.
Madison, WSU’s right tackle, showed his versatility at the Senior Bowl, taking reps at the interior offensive line positions. But the 6-foot-5, 313-pound Cougar is listed as a tackle on the NFL combine invite list. Per NFL.com, he’s projected as a fifth to sixth round pick.
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Mata’afa, who last month, was honored as the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year, declared early for the NFL Draft, opting to forego his senior season at WSU. Mata’afa played defensive tackle for the Cougars, but at 6-foot-2, 252-pounds, is undersized as an NFL defensive lineman and projects more as an outside linebacker in the pros. The combine will be big for Mata’afa, who is listed on the invitation list as an outside linebacker, and needs to show NFL executives that he can successfully make the switch.
Martin Jr. was WSU’s leading receiver in 2017, and left the team under controversial circumstances, with Martin Jr. saying he was cut for requesting his release, but sources reporting that he was cut for missing team activities. Martin Jr. considered transferring to finish out his college career, but ultimately decided to declare early for the NFL draft.
Notably, offensive guard Cody O’Connell was left off the NFL combine invitation list. O’Connell was also not invited to the Senior Bowl, but played in the East-West Shrine Game. At 6-foot-8, 368 pounds, O’Connell’s size makes him an intriguing NFL prospect, but he has not really impressed NFL talent evaluators in the pre-draft process to date.