Why 49ers’ will trade up and select Brandin Cooks

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The San Francisco 49ers desperately need a No. 3 wide receiver and the two players that continue to stand out in my opinion include WR Brandin Cooks and WR Odell Beckham Jr. Two players that would fit the 49ers offensive scheme while being versatile enough to make GM Trent Baalke salivate as return-men, both would be a nice upgrade to an already potent offense. Not to mention, it would kill two birds with one stone making RB LaMichael James expendable, it’s no wonder I have the 49ers trading up for one of these two players. But the question remains, which player will ultimately be selected by the five-time Super Bowl Champions? I said it once and I’ll say it again, the 49ers will indeed draft the 2013 Biletnikoff winner in Cooks.

For starters, the New York Jets have been rumored to try and catapult into the top 10 to secure Beckham’s services. Realizing the ties are strong between the 49ers and Baltimore Ravens (No. 17), the Jets must reach for Beckham if they hope to have any chance at the LSU product. The Jets currently hold the No. 18 pick and if the Ravens trade down with the 49ers that leaves the Jets no choice but to then trade up with teams like the Tennessee Titans or St. Louis Rams in hopes of landing Beckham. If that happens which I think is a very strong possibility, look for the 49ers to then turn their attention to Cooks, who I feel is the better player, as I said:

A player that continues to “wow” as he had an exceptional NFL scouting combine as I labeled him a winner, Cooks’ is no doubt a first-round talent and top five wide receiver in this year’s draft. And although no reports have been written about any Niner talent evaluators being present at Brandin Cooks’ pro day as you can “google it,” I can assure you there were. In fact, it was not noted because many of the 49ers high ranking scouting officials are not seen in 49ers gear. But if you look closely you will find them, as Senior Personnel Assistant Ethan Waugh was on hand, just like he was with WR A.J. Jenkins.

Trading partners that include both the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys (No. 18), do not be surprised if Cooks is the 49ers first-round pick despite Baalke calling him, “vertically challenged.”

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