2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandin Cooks, WR

School: Oregon State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Stockton, CA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 189 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2141

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.312.501.5316 3610'0"3.816.76
Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Special athlete with explosive feet and natural burst - springs in his legs. Fluid body control with excellent start/stop moves, open-field vision and patient hesitation to elude defenders - joystick moves with loose hips and joints. Beautiful acceleration with speed to burn - electric after the catch.

Quick hands to adjust and pluck with very good coordination to look the ball into his mitts. Quick footwork to set up his routes and fool defenders - has worked hard to fine-tune this area. Works hard to max out his frame.

Strong football character. Tough individual - has never missed a game at any level. Experience on special teams as a return man - became full-time punt returner in 2013 (6.0 average). Very productive and 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner as nation's top receiver - set Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches (128) and receiving yards (1,730), also setting new school record for touchdown catches (24).

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size with below average height and length for the position. Limited strength, muscle and overall growth potential. Struggles with physical defenders and doesn't have ideal body strength - will be overwhelmed in man coverage. Looks to avoid contact and would much rather escape out of bounds or go around defenses. Needs to secure the ball through the process to eliminate drops and fumbles. Smallish target for quarterbacks.

COMPARES TO: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams - Cooks is a slightly bigger, not as fast version of Austin due to explosive feet, open-field moves and natural athleticism that makes him a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball.

--Dane Brugler (1/2/14)

Player Overview

Cooks grew up in Stockton, Calif. and went on to become a three-sport start at Lincoln High School, where he also played basketball and competed as a sprinter while earning the nickname of "Sonic Boom."

Rated as the No. 22 receiver in the nation by Rivals.com, Cooks committed to Oregon State and played in all 12 games with three starts as a freshman.

Cooks really burst onto the scene in 2012 as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award after posting 1,151 receiving yards. Anyone concerned that Cooks' numbers were inflated while playing opposite Markus Wheaton had their fears curbed in 2013, when Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award after leading the FBS with 1,670 receiving yards during the regular season.

At just 5-10 and 186 pounds, he lacks elite size for the position, but he shines with his natural athleticism and dynamic ability before and after he touches the ball.

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05/12/2014 - Saints viewed WR Cooks as must-have...Payton said giving up the third-round pick -- a late third-rounder at that -- was worth it to get a shot at adding Cooks, who ran the fastest time for a wide receiver at the NFL combine at 4.33 seconds, to the mix. "In this case, it filled a need," said Payton. "It was one of the positions we outlined going into the draft, and (Cooks) was also the highest-rated player that we had left." Even though they had parted with Sproles and Moore, it was believed that the Saints might be in the market for a cornerback or defensive end to add depth to a vastly-improved defense that ranked fourth last season under new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

But the ability to get a dynamic player like Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner who could replace both Sproles and Moore, turned out to be a priority. "We're excited with our selection," said Payton, who took an offensive player in the first round for only the second time since 2007. "We were able to move up and get a player we valued. "He's a playmaker. He's someone that the one thing about him was that he was a tough player both physically and mentally," Payton said. "He's durable and he obviously runs well, but I like his mental makeup. He's got a lot of intangibles about him -- other than his skill set -- that we liked." - The Sports Xchange

 

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