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Brandt: Brandin Cooks 'reminds me of Wes Welker, only faster'


Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks took home the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver last season, but predicting where he'll go in this year's NFL draft might be just as difficult as covering him on the field.

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Cooks is not considered to be in the same class as Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, but in a draft full of teams that need a deep threat, Cooks figures to be targeted in the first or second round. As a result, scouts from nearly every NFL team flocked to Corvallis on Friday to get one more look at Cooks, who wowed everybody at the NFL Scouting Combine last month.

Before hitting the Beavers' indoor practice facility for the workout, however, Cooks caught some high praise from NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Not a bad way to start off an important day in your professional football career.

Cooks did not participate in most drills, but he did run routes and catch punts for the assembled group of NFL personnel.

It was no surprise to see Cooks pass on running the 40-yard dash again despite the familiar setting. He topped all receivers at the combine by blazing a 4.33.

Cooks is picked to go as high as 23rd overall to Kansas City in the latest mock drafts. If he ends up slipping further down, several analysts think he also could come into play for Seattle at the end of the first round and team up with Percy Harvin for the Super Bowl champions.

Also of note from the workout at Oregon State was defensive end Scott Crichton, who impressed scouts during position drills after turning in an unofficial 60-yard shuttle time of 11.72 seconds.

Follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter @BryanDFischer.



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