Add an intriguing potential Day 3 selection to the list of 2015 NFL Draft prospects who have been connected to the New York Giants. Washington State wide receiver Vince Mayle has reportedly visited with the Giants.
Who is Mayle? Well, let's find out. He's a huge target, a 6-foot-2, 224-pound player who carries a fifth- to sixth-round grades on the CBS Sports big board. Mayle is prolific, having caught 106 passes for 1,483 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. In its player overview, CBS says:
One of eight FBS players to collect triple digit catches in 2014, Mayle is much more than simply a product of Mike Leach's offensive system. A former basketball player at the JUCO level, he is viewed as a hybrid tight end by some scouts, but showed more natural receiving traits as a senior and although he's not quite as gifted as Louisville?s DeVante Parker, Mayle is a prospect in the similar mold. It's clear he's still learning the tricks of the trade and his passion for football needs to be addressed, but Mayle is an easy player to get excited about with his size, athleticism and the upside his talent suggests he projects as a NFL starter in year two.
Ourlads says "Mayle is still raw and trying to refine some of the skills of the position, but his physical brand and size will be attractive to several teams. Developmental player with long term upside."
Draft Breakdown, quite interestingly, says Mayle would "be the ideal complement to a player like Odell Beckham."
Grantland also recently endorsed Mayle, saying drafting him as a long-term project might be preferable to using an early pick on the controversial Dorial Green-Beckham:
Before the Green-Beckham bandwagon careered off the rails last year, the former blue chip appeared to be well on his way to justifying the hype after a promising sophomore effort (59 catches for 883 yards, 12 touchdowns) highlighted by an above-the-fold performance against Auburn in the SEC championship game. While DGB spent 2014 in legal limbo, though, Mayle quietly turned in a five-star campaign in the obscurity of the Pacific Northwest, setting Washington State records for receptions (106) and receiving yards (1,483) in a season. Like Green-Beckham, Mayle boasts far more raw talent than polish: He never played organized football before picking up the sport in junior college, when his basketball career ran out of steam. Unlike DGB, though, Mayle has shown steady, quantifiable progress toward turning that potential into real production.
What do you think, Giants fans? If the Giants choose to go other directions than wide receiver early in the draft, is this a guy you might like them to take a Day 3 flier on?
Private visits, workouts
Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
Kristjan Sokoli, DT, Buffalo
Cedric Thompson, FS, Minnesota
Breshad Perriman, WR, Miami
Kevin White, WR, West Virginia
Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State
Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami
Vince Mayle, WR, Washington State
Ali Marpet, OL Hobart College
Mike Reilly, DE, William & Mary
Spencer Kulscar, WR, UPenn
Shakim Phillips, WR, Boston College
Kevin Haplea, TE, Florida State
Adrian Coxson, WR, Stony Brook
Michael Burton, FB, Rutgers
Gary Nova, QB, Rutgers
Andrew Turzilli, WR, Rutgers
Kaleb Johnson, OL, Rutgers
Betim Bujari, OL, Rutgers
Kevin Snyder, OL, Rutgers
Lorenzo Waters, SS,Rutgers
Neal Sterling, WR, Monmouth
Tebucky Jones Jr., WR, Fordham
Will Tye, TE, Stony Brook
** Information reported by a variety of sources