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Will any Cougs get the call today?

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FROM PULLMAN -- A late-April Saturday means a quiet day for WSU news. But there are a few former Cougar football players who hope that's not the case. Keep reading.

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Realistically, there are probably three such players who could hope to be drafted in today's final four rounds of the NFL draft. Marquess Wilson, obviously, is the most likely, and many would consider it at least a little surprising if he isn't selected. Jeff Tuel and Travis Long are each draftable prospects who could go either way, it seems. Long might have been a later-round talent before his ACL injury late last season, and the subsequent surgery and rehabilitation from that ailment kept him out of postseason all-star games and the like. Tuel has drawn interest from a few teams and could be an interesting option as a late-round quarterback selection, especially if teams are willing to look past his sub-par collegiate statistics and chalk it up to playing behind a weak offensive line. His stock was helped by a strong Pro Day performance, as well as a couple strong showings in all-star games. Here's a story KREM put together about Tuel recently. ... In other WSU news, Tanner Lancona's father had some strong words for WSU coach Ken Bone in this story.

Around the Pac-12 ... Some Arizona players are hoping to get the NFL call this weekend, too. ... Stanford's star tight end was drafted by the Eagles in the second round. ... And California's star receiver went in the third round. ... USC isn't looking real great so far in the draft, and part of the reason for that is that Matt Barkley still hasn't heard his name called. ... Oregon State played its "spring game" yesterday, and it sounds like it was pretty unremarkable, save for a strong performance by an unheralded running back. ... A former Oregon State receiver was drafted yesterday, along with a former Oregon linebacker.

That's all for now.

Christian Caple can be reached at christianc@spokesman.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple




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