Report: Steelers like both Odell Beckham and Brandin Cooks

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MMQB's Peter King writes Monday the Steelers like two receivers commonly associated as first-round prospects, and he suggests one or both will be there when the Steelers pick at 15.

There has been some debate between the value of LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks. It appears, according to MMQB's Peter King, the Steelers are having similar discussions.

Writes King Monday:

Pittsburgh likes Odell Beckham and Brandin Cooks at wide receiver, and one or both should be there at No. 15 if that’s the direction the Steelers go—and they need to replenish the position after losing two receivers in free agency in two years. (I’d go corner if I were GM Kevin Colbert.)

And perhaps this is the kind of smokescreen the Steelers are looking to create. Showing desire for a player who, at 15, may have more value to a team drafting a few spots below them may scare up a trade market for that pick, leaving the Steelers to add another pick and take an equally desired player (maybe even the other receiver of that pair) a little bit later.

'Tis the season to dupe your colleagues. Beckham and Cooks both bring outstanding skill sets to the position. Size is something of an issue with Beckham but his long arms and big hands may dillute some of that. Cooks, at 5-foot-9, is an electric route-runner with good hands and outstanding speed.

In a very deep receiver draft, both could be considered good targets. Both could serve as excellent draft decoys as well.

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