Nov 1, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) races down the sideline against USC Trojans safety Leon McQuay III (22) in the second half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Brandin Cooks the next Wes Welker?

Former Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks may hear his name called during the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft in May after a sensational junior season that resulted in him winning the Biletnikoff Award given to the nation’s top receiver and a dazzling combine.

His on-the-field production combined with his workout numbers suggest he could be a dynamic receiver out of the slot much like Denver Broncos slot receiver Wes Welker who Cooks was compared to by longtime talent evaluator Gil Brandt.

At 5-10, 190-pounds, Cooks isn’t the threat on the perimeter that Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are, but for the team looking for a player to dominate the underneath routes like Welker has, he could be a fantastic addition in the bottom third of the draft, perhaps to Welker’s former team, the New England Patriots.

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