Brandin Cooks to enter NFL Draft

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer

Brandin Cooks entering draft
Pac-12 defensive backs will not miss trying to cover this guy. (USATSI)

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We won't have a repeat Biletnikoff Award winner in 2014.

This year's recipient, Oregon State receiver Brandin Cooks, will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft. Which is probably the right move for Cooks considering it's hard to imagine him having a better season in 2014.

Cooks caught 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2013. He also rushed for 217 yards and another two touchdowns, which are the kind of numbers you need to put up if you're going to win such a major award while playing for a 7-6 team on the west coast.

Cooks is listed at 5-foot-10, so he'll likely be seen as a slot receiver on the NFL level, but he's still projected to be a first or second round draft pick. As players like Wes Welker have proven in recent years, you don't have to be tall to be a successful receiver on the NFL level, and Cooks' work returning kicks and punts on special teams will only add to his value.

 
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