Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Ducks wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) catches the ball during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos analyst picks receiver for team at No. 31


 

The Denver Broncos have been concentrating on the defensive side of the ball throughout free agency with the signings of DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward. This could be paving the way for an offensive draft for the team.

Broncos independent analyst Andrew Mason recently penned a first round mock draft with the team selecting Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 31st overall pick.

There are plenty of directions in which the Broncos could go, but if Derek Carr drops in the draft — and he is still on the board in this mock — then the Broncos’ phone will be buzzing with trade-down offers. Nevertheless, if Cooks is on the board, he’s tempting. The 5-foot-10, 189-pounder can help immediately on returns, and brings a different element — a darting, breakaway threat — to the offense.

Cooks had a monster year last season with the Beavers, hauling in 120 catches for 1670 yards. He also grabbed 15 touchdowns on the season.

With the Jest signing free agent Eric Decker, the Broncos could use another option for Peyton Manning. At 5-10, 190, Cooks isn’t the biggest receiver out there, but having a burner open up the middle of the field for Wes Welker and Julius Thomas would be a good thing.

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