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NFL scout on WRs: loves Evans and Beckham, not Landry

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With the NFL draft coming in early May, Thursday night we begin a series of conversations with a man who has written scouting reports for the league for more than four decades.  The Director of Operations for NFL Scouting Services, Dave-Te Thomas, works for all the teams collectively as well as individually.  He never holds back his opinion as we hear tonight when we talk about the position that may be deepest in this draft, wide receiver.

Thomas says teams have been clamoring to trade up in order to draft Sammy Watkins of Clemson, but he says "Buyer Beware."  To Thomas the best wide receiver in this year's draft is Mike Evans of Texas A&M. Thomas loves Evans' size and speed.  He also loves Jordan Matthews of Vanderbilt, calling him a "Terrell Owens, without the attitude." 

Another receiver Thomas thinks is a first round talent is LSU's Odell Beckham, Jr.  Thomas says he did everything at LSU "except sell popcorn."  But Thomas is not as high on Jarvis Landry, citing Landry's relatively slow 40-time, his low number of reps on the bench press and small vertical jump.  Thomas said Landry is playing the "limbo game, how low can you go."  He says teams are thinking he'll go in rounds 3-4; Thomas is saying 5-6.

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