Brandin Cooks' stock continues to rise

Could be trade-up option this draft. Jason Butt

Print This May 06, 2014, 04:19 PM EST

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One player that's continuing to see a lot of attention, and for good reason, is Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks.

According to a league source, there's some legitimate interest in Cooks as a mid-first round draftee. This could make him the third receiver off of the board behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

Some projections have had Cooks in the bottom half of the first round for quite some time. However,  Cooks has become a hot enough name where there's a foreseeable chance a team could trade up to grab him earlier than expected.

What Cooks lacks in size (5-10, 189 pounds), he makes up with physicality, speed and versatility. He's got DeSean Jackson type wheels and strength as a blocker like Steve Smith. He's also a durable player, rarely missing action in college.

With the Beavers in 2013, Cooks finished his season with 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns, capping it off by winning the Biletnikoff Award as college football's best receiver.

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