2015 NFL DRAFT

Brandin Cooks, WR

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

05/12/2014 - Already with two players from Oregon State on their roster, the Saints added another Thursday night when they chose wide receiver Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick in the first round of the draft. Cooks, who was quickly chosen after the Saints jumped up seven spots in a trade with Arizona, joins cornerback Keenan Lewis and linebacker Victor Butler on the roster. Both Lewis and Butler were signed by the Saints as unrestricted free agents last season. Like Lewis and Butler, Cooks was coached at OSU by Mike Riley, who served as the Saints assistant head coach/secondary coach in 2002 under Jim Haslett.

While Riley maintains a close relationship with Loomis and coach Sean Payton, he said he didn't have to point the Saints in Cooks' direction after he recorded the second-fastest 40 time at the NFL scouting combine -- clocking in at 4.33 seconds. "Like Mickey and Sean always do, they did their homework," Riley said. "I really can't take any more credit than supplying some information, and having the great fortune of coaching the young man. "I think Brandin Cooks is an easy read," Riley said. "You watch the film and I know they interviewed him and did all the due diligence in studying him. I just think they did their homework and got a really good player and a very, very good person to go with it." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - The Saints targeted Cooks and had him among a cloud of players they were considering with their original pick in the first round -- No. 27 -- and was one of only three players remaining when they decided to send the Cardinals a third-round draft pick to move up. Because they were so impressed with him during a combine interview, the Saints didn't bring Cooks down to their Metairie training facility for a pre-draft visit. "He was someone that was as clean and clear as to who he was, the type of player he was, and how he approached the game," Payton said. "(Sometimes) you come away from the scouting combine and may have some questions or concerns, but he was really impressive." Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner after catching 128 passes for 1,760 yards and 16 TDs, said he had a feeling about the Saints when he walked out the door that evening in Indianapolis "After I was done, the words they had to say on how they were impressed, more how I handle myself and how I knew the game of football," Cooks said, "that's how I knew this was a great opportunity and a great chance." - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Saints' picks: Round 1/20 -- Brandin Cooks, WR, 5-10, 189, Oregon State...After trading Darren Sproles, the Saints needed to replace his speed and they did in choosing Cooks after moving up seven spots in the first round. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Saints viewed WR Cooks as must-have...After trading versatile running back Darren Sproles to the Philadelphia Eagles in March, just one week after releasing wide receiver Lance Moore, the New Orleans Saints needed a playmaker. While the Saints finished second in the NFL in passing offense in 2013, they had to find a new option for Drew Brees in the first round of Thursday night's draft, or, at the very worst when the draft resumed Friday night with the second round. But they got their man Thursday. The Saitns identified Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks and then aggressively pursued him when they feared he would be gone if they stayed put with the 27th overall pick in the draft.

So after watching a couple of teams that may have had Cooks in their sights pass on the 5-foot-10, 189-pounder, the Saints leaped at the opportunity to infuse some speed into the receiving corps. New Orleans moved up seven spots to No. 20, trading a third-round draft pick (91st overall) to the Arizona Cardinals to snatch Cooks after three highly-coveted receivers -- Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. -- went off the board in the first 12 picks. When the draft started unfolding, the Saints sat back and waited to see how things would shake out with regards to their plan. When Cooks and two other players they had remained targeted remained in their bullpen with eight picks to go before going on the clock, they were ready to strike. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Cooks, who won't turn 21 years of age until after the third game of the regular season, is wide beyond his years. After receiving $100,000 from adidas after running the fastest 40-yard dash time at the combine -- 4.33 seconds -- using their shoes, he put half the money away and used the other half to buy his mother a Mercedes-Benz. "She needed (a car)," Cooks said. "She was driving around in a 1999 Saturn and I wasn't having that anymore." - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 21/4. *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State, 5-10, 189, 4.31, 1...Cooks was the Biletnikoff Award winner as best wide receiver in college after leading the FBS with 1,730 yards on 128 catches last year, following a 2012 season with 1,151 yards on only 67 catches. Known as Stockton, California's Sonic Boom, Cooks was an explosive sprinter and football player since high school. Lacks ideal size, but is a tough character who never missed a game at any level. Frankly: In the approximate words of a former wide receiver, just get him the damn ball. Then watch the show as Cooks is fast, shifty, elusive, entertaining and productive. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 17. Brandin Cooks WR, Oregon State (5-10, 189, 4.33, JR)...A receiver with joystick athleticism, Cooks has lightning-fast feet and jitterbug quickness to create separation and do something after the catch. He'll have some drops with his smaller hands, but Cooks seems to be moving at a different speed than everyone else on the field. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/29/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Wide Receiver: *Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 5-10, 189, 4.33...Cooks was the Biletnikoff Award winner as best wide receiver in college after leading the FBS with 1,730 yards on 128 catches last year, following a 2012 season with 1,151 yards on only 67 catches. Known as Stockton, California's Sonic Boom, Cooks was an explosive sprinter and football player since high school. Lacks ideal size, but is a tough character who never missed a game at any level. Frankly: In the approximate words of a former wide receiver, just get him the damn ball. Then watch the show as Cooks is fast, shifty, elusive, entertaining and productive. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/21/2014 - Five players who should be on the Kansas City Chiefs' draft radar: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: By expressing so much interest in veteran receivers during free agency, the Chiefs may have indicated the position they see as the club's top priority. This doesn't necessarily mean that selecting a speedy receiver in the first round to pair with established big-bodied wideout Dwayne Bowe is a given. Reid's offense is quite complicated and typically takes receivers at least a year to acclimate. Cooks earned the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver in former Chargers coach Mike Riley's offense, however, making him perhaps better suited than most to handle the jump. Further, Cooks certainly possesses the agility and speed to turn some of Smith's short passes into long gains. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 37. *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State, 5-10, 186, 4.49, 1-2...Stockton, California's Sonic Boom has been an explosive sprinter and football player since high school. Lacks ideal size, but is a tough character who never missed a game at any level. Put the ball in his hands and enjoy his dazzling showmanship. Won the Biletnikoff Award in 2013 after leading the FBS with 1,670 yards receiving in the regular season. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/02/2014 - Brandin Cooks Makes Himself Eligible for NFL Draft...Oregon State University junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks has elected to make himself eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft by submitting a notarized petition to the NFL renouncing his remaining one year of college eligibility. Cooks, the 2013 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's most outstanding college receiver, earned consensus All-America honors following the recently completed season. He set numerous school and Pac-12 Conference records, including new league marks for single season receptions with 128 and single season yards with 1,730 (NCAA leader in 2013). During his OSU career he has accounted for 226 receptions for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns (24 rec, 2 rush). Overall, he has compiled 3,863 all-purpose yards.

Cooks is utilizing the NFL Draft Advisory Board, made up of NFL scouts, to determine interest professional teams may have in him. He has until 11:59 p.m. EST Jan. 18 to formally withdraw from consideration for the NFL Draft and return for his senior season if he hasn't secured representation from a player agent. An underclassman can make himself eligible for the NFL Draft as long as three years have passed since his high school graduation. Cooks would be the fourth Beaver to elect to forgo his senior season joining Steven Jackson following the 2003 campaign, Brandon Browner after 2004 and Jacquizz Rodgers at the conclusion of 2010. - Oregon State football

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: WR - Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State: The FBS-leader in receiving yards (1,670) during the regular season, Cooks is small in stature (5-10, 186), but he has big-play potential every time he touches the ball. He has terrific athleticism and speed, using start-stop change-of-direction skills and instant acceleration to make defenders miss in the open field. Whether he decides to jump to the NFL now or next year, Cooks' size and lack of strength will ding him during the pre-draft process, but his make-you-miss quickness and playmaking speed will make him a valuable slot option at the NFL level. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/24/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks leads the nation with 1,670 receiving yards and ranks second with 15 touchdown catches playing in what some consider the best conference in college football this year. He'll face a Boise State defense that ranks 73rd in the nation against the pass. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 5-10 186, Jr., Stockton, CA...Cooks is only the eighth player in OSU history to be named to the Walter Camp First Team, joining John Witte (1956), Ted Bates (1958), Terry Baker (1962), Vern Burke (1963), John Didion (1968), Steve Brown (1972), Mike Hass (2005) and Jordan Poyer (2012). The Stockton, Calif., native broke the Pac-12 record with 120 receptions during the 2013 regular season and his 1,670 receiving yards is just 51 yards short of breaking the league's record that was set last year by Marqise Lee of USC. He set numerous school records as well, including matching the single-game record with 14 receptions against San Diego State. Cooks will participate in the annual Walter Camp Awards Weekend, Jan. 9-11 in New Haven, Conn. - Oregon State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST (TOP RECEIVER): Brandin Cooks, Oregon State...Cooks set a Pac-12 record this season with 120 receptions and his 1,670 receiving yards (OSU record) is just 51 short of the single season yards mark held by current USC Trojan Marqise Lee. In addition, the Stockton, Calif., native owns OSU records for career touchdown receptions (23) and single season (2013) touchdown receptions (15). - Oregon State football

12/12/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WINNER (TOP RECEIVER): Brandin Cooks, Oregon State...Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks was named the 2013 recipient of the Biletnikoff Award on Thursday. The award is given annually to the nation's outstanding college football receiver. He is just the second Oregon State player to be awarded the prestigious honor, which is now in its 20th year. Mike Hass was the first, honored in 2005. Cooks was announced as the winner at the Home Depot Awards Show, which was broadcast nationally on ESPN. He was one of three finalists for the award, the others being Clemson's Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans from Texas A&M.

The Stockton, Calif., native broke the Pac-12 record with 120 receptions during the 2013 regular season and his 1,670 receiving yards is just 51 yards short of breaking the league's record that was set last year by Marqise Lee of USC. He set numerous school records as well, including matching the single-game record with 14 receptions against San Diego State. It was a big day for Cooks on Thursday as he picked up two All-America honors prior to the Biletnikoff announcement. He was named a Walter Camp First-Team All-American just as the Home Depot Awards show began. In doing so, he became just the eighth Oregon State first-team selection in the 124 years of the awarding of Walter Camp All-Americans. - Oregon State football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State...Cooks set a Pac-12 record this season with 120 receptions and his 1,670 receiving yards (OSU record) is just 51 short of the single season yards mark held by current USC Trojan Marqise Lee. In addition, the Stockton, Calif., native owns OSU records for career touchdown receptions (23) and single season (2013) touchdown receptions (15).

Cooks joins an impressive list of Beaver wide receivers to be named to the first team in recent history that includes Markus Wheaton (2012), James Rodgers (2009), Sammie Stroughter (2008), Mike Hass (2005) and James Newson (2003). - Oregon State football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State...Cooks set a Pac-12 record this season with 120 receptions and his 1,670 receiving yards (OSU record) is just 51 short of the single season yards mark held by current USC Trojan Marqise Lee. In addition, the Stockton, Calif., native owns OSU records for career touchdown receptions (23) and single season (2013) touchdown receptions (15).

Cooks joins an impressive list of Beaver wide receivers to be named to the first team in recent history that includes Markus Wheaton (2012), James Rodgers (2009), Sammie Stroughter (2008), Mike Hass (2005) and James Newson (2003). - Oregon State football

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State...Cooks set a Pac-12 record this season with 120 receptions and his 1,670 receiving yards (OSU record) is just 51 short of the single season yards mark held by current USC Trojan Marqise Lee. In addition, the Stockton, Calif., native owns OSU records for career touchdown receptions (23) and single season (2013) touchdown receptions (15).

Cooks joins an impressive list of Beaver wide receivers to be named to the first team in recent history that includes Markus Wheaton (2012), James Rodgers (2009), Sammie Stroughter (2008), Mike Hass (2005) and James Newson (2003). - Oregon State football

11/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 10 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State...Despite leading all of college football in catches, receiving yards and receiving scores, Cooks still seems to be flying under the radar as a player and especially as a NFL prospect. 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. Cooks looks like he's moving at a different speed than everyone else on the field and is an easy starter with explosive feet and natural burst.

It's clear he has worked hard to fine tune his routes and shows very good footwork to set up his pattern and fool defensive backs, toying with defenders like a cat and mouse. Albeit in a loss, Cooks showed off these qualities against Southern Cal last Friday night, finishing with six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown, his school-record 22nd career score. Like Tavon Austin a year ago, he is a special athlete with joystick moves and belongs in the top-40 discussion if he decides to skip his senior year. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/24/2013 - Oregon State's Brandin Cooks is certainly well known to opposing Pac-12 coaches. "He's fearless. He's not very big, but he's very physical," Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He can go up and get a football with two or three people around him." Said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham: "So far nobody's seemed to have an answer for him." But Stanford coach David Shaw put it most succinctly: "Wow."

Cooks is the nation's leading receiver that no one outside the Pac-12 has heard about -- although that's changing. He ranks ahead of all FBS-level receivers with 10.9 catches and 168 receiving yards per game. He ranks second in scoring with 12 points a game, and fifth for all-purpose yards with an average of 184.1 yards a game. He is considered a front-runner for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, and he's even getting some Heisman whispers. "I haven't really thought about that to be honest," Cooks said about the attention. "We want to keep winning. Whether I have a great game or not, it's all about the team. It's about the W."

The junior is by far the favorite target of Sean Mannion, who himself is the national leader for both yards passing (427.4 per game) and total offense (414.3 per game). "He is just very talented, very driven and very savvy. He gets it," Oregon State coach Mike Riley said about Cooks. "That's because he cares and he's spent a lot of time with football in his life. This is not an accident. This is accumulation of a lot of work and a lot of great chemistry with his quarterback." - AP Sports

10/21/2013 - Brandin Cooks leads the nation, and by a decent margin, in catches of 20 yards or longer with 26. He also is tied for the national lead in receptions of 40 plus yards as well. Best player left out of the spotlight. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/13/2013 - Sean Mannion threw for 493 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon State beat Washington State 52-24 on Saturday night. Oregon State (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) won its fifth game in a row since a shocking opening loss to FCS Eastern Washington. The home loss dealt a blow to Washington State's (4-3, 2-2) hopes of reaching a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State led 24-17 late in the third quarter when the Beavers erupted for three quick touchdowns to take control of the game.

Mannion, the Pac-12 passing yardage leader, completed 34 of 51 passes and was intercepted once. Brandin Cooks caught 11 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for another. Richard Mullaney caught five passes for 122 yards. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday completed 26 of 49 passes for 248 yards as the Beavers were able to shut down WSU's potent pass attack. He was intercepted three times. - AP Sports

09/23/2013 - Every football fan on the West Coast knows about USC's Marqise Lee. Many now know about UCLA's Shaq Evans. But the most impressive wideout in the Pac-12 -- maybe the country -- has been Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, who is making a strong case for the Biletnikoff Award. Cooks had 14 catches in the Beavers' win at San Diego State on Saturday and has 43 catches for 639 yards and seven TDs for the season. That's 20 more catches and more than twice the yardage Lee has amassed. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/09/2013 - Oregon State junior wide receiver Brandin Cooks was the Beavers No. 2 receiver behind Markus Wheaton last year, but has stepped up after Wheaton moved on to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had 13 catches for 196 yards and two scores in a season-opening loss to Eastern Washington and added seven catches for 92 yards and two scores in a win over Hawaii. "He made a lot of plays for us," OSU quarterback Sean Mannion said. "Obviously he was big in this game and big in the last game. It's something we put a lot of work into in the offseason and he'll continue to grow as will everyone else."

Cooks had not scored more than one touchdown in a game until catching two touchdown passes in both games this season. His 12 career touchdown catches are one short of moving into the school's all-time top 10. He reached the top 10 in receiving yards on Saturday by boosting his career total to 1,830. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - WR Brandin Cooks, who had a career-high 13 receptions in the opener, wasn't able to practice at the beginning of the week due to a sore back. The original diagnosis was injuries to his ribs, suffered on his final reception, but that was amended to be a back injury, though X-rays showed no broken bones. But if he's not able to play, it's a severe blow to OSU. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon State rebounded from a stunning loss in their season opener with a 33-14 victory over Hawaii on Saturday. Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 92 yards and two scores for the Beavers (1-1), who fell 49-46 at home last week to lower division Eastern Washington. Oregon State had 508 yards of total offense while Hawaii (0-2) had just 239.

The Rainbow Warriors evened it at 14 in the second quarter before Oregon State went ahead in the second half on Mannion's two 8-yard TD passes to Cooks. Hawaii was coming off a 30-13 loss to USC in its opener. The Beavers scored on their first drive, a 3-yard pass from Mannion to Kellen Clute. The play was set up when Mannion tossed to Storm Woods who broke downfield for a 48-yard reception. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - Scouting the Oregon State passing game: It would be hard to expect more from Sean Mannion than his 37 completions in 43 attempts for 422 yards in the opener, but he and the Beavers will need to spread the receptions around more. Three receivers combined for 29 of the receptions, with wideout Brandin Cooks finishing with 13 and tight end Connor Hamlett and Storm Woods grabbing eight each. Better defenses aren't going to let the Beavers look to Cooks whenever they want, meaning the Beavers must soon find another wideout or two to help out. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: WR Brandin Cooks - The Beavers have capable backups at every other skill position, but Cooks as a junior is the guy who will need to set the tone for the offense, with his breakaway speed making him a threat to score on every play. It's that deep passing game that opens up so much for the Beavers in the running game, and a definite factor in last season's offensive success was the threat of Markus Wheaton and Cooks getting behind the secondary. Wheaton and his team-leading 91 receptions are gone, so Cooks needs to take over that role of the primary target and open things up for the other receivers and the offense in general. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: WR Brandin Cooks becomes the go-to receiver in his junior season as the Beavers pass the torch at that position. Cooks was one of the most improved players on the team in 2013 as a sophomore, and his hands and speed make him one of the most dangerous offensive players in the conference. - The Sports Xchange

08/13/2013 - TOP OREGON STATE PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 2. WR Brandin Cooks (5-10, 182, 4.52)*...Cooks was overshadowed last year by Wheaton's breakout campaign (11 of his 16 career receiving touchdowns came in 2012) but quietly averaged 17.2 yards on his 67 receptions while his former teammate averaged "just" 13.7 yards per catch. Cooks stood out as a true freshman in 2011, catching a pass in every game to finish with 31 grabs for 391 yards and three scores and looks well on his way towards establishing himself as one of the more productive wideouts in school history after last year's 1,151 yards and five scores.

As Cooks' listed size suggests, he relies on his quickness and straight-line speed to do his damage. He's a reliable route-runner who can make the difficult reception because he possesses very good hand-eye coordination and body control but will drop an occasional pass. He is at his best in the open field (506 yards last year came after the catch) and did return kicks briefly as a freshman, averaging 22.4 yards per return. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/09/2013 - Last season the comparison was made that Brandin Cooks was Robin to Markus Wheaton's Batman in Oregon State's dynamic receiving duo. Now Wheaton has moved on to the NFL and Cooks is ready to shed his sidekick status. "It means I've got to work harder, to be honest. I can't rely on knowing I have Markus on the other side," Cooks said. "Now I've got to carry that load and make sure the younger guys make plays, too. I'd say my leadership ability has to be on top this year."

The Beavers went 9-4 last season and finished third in the tough Pac-12 North, coming in at No. 20 in the final AP Top 25. It was a dramatic turnaround after the team went a disappointing 3-9 the year before. Wheaton and Cooks were perhaps the highlight of Oregon State's offense, each with more than 1,000 yards receiving to become the second tandem in school history to hit those numbers. They were considered among the best wide receiver duos in the conference, along with USC's Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

Cooks, then a sophomore, had 1,151 yards receiving to average 88.5 yards per game. He led the conference with an average of 17.2 yards per catch, ranked No. 2 nationally, and had five touchdowns. Wheaton, who was a third-round selection in this year's NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers, caught 11 touchdown passes and averaged 95.7 yards receiving a game. "Last year a lot of people doubted us, and look what we showed," Cooks said. "We're still getting doubted. All that does is fuel the fire and makes us work harder. With that being said, I feel like we can go down and win the Rose Bowl and win this conference. That's something we're shooting for. We set our standards high." - AP Sports

07/19/2013 - 2013 BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, JR...In 2012, Cooks, along with Markus Wheaton, became just the second receiving tandem in OSU history to each register 1,000 yards receiving in the same season. On the season, Cooks recorded 67 catches covering 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. The multi-threat receiver, who is also effective running the fly sweep, had five game of 100 receiving yards or more including a six-catch, 175-yard game at UCLA and an eight-catch, 173-yard performance at BYU. - Oregon State football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State...Cooks is one of the most explosive players in the nation and repeatedly exhibited the ability to score from anywhere on the field in 2012. A preseason All-America selection by Phil Steele and Athlon, the Stockton, Calif. native is set to move into the feature role at receiver this season after recording 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. - Oregon State football

 
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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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