In my latest 2014 NFL Mock Draft, I pegged Oregon State wideout Brandin Cooks to Philly in the first round and, quite conveniently, Cooks was just asked about replacing Jackson.
"His game is unbelievable," Cooks told Philly.com of Jackson. "The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game. He's just special. He's a freak. I definitely admire his game. Maybe Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me.
"Who knows? And if that's the case, a lot of people will wonder ‘Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?' In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better."
BOOM. Of course, what he's saying isn't just confidence man No. 2 talking. Cooks fits the same mold as Jackson -- a smaller wideout with afterburners who can blow the top off defenses.
But Cooks is confident.
“I feel like I'm the best receiver in this class and I'm not just saying that to say it," Cooks said. "I put up numbers that nobody else did this year. At the same time I was facing premier talent. I have respect for the other guys and give credit where credit is due, but I'm able to blow the top off, I'm able to catch underneath routes and take them the distance, but I see myself right up there with those guys, and in that top 5 conversation, top 3."
Sammy Watkins is the top wideout and Mike Evans is No. 2. Odell Beckham is probably the consensus third wideout but Cooks is definitely in the conversation for top five.
Confident, talented and fast is a good combination for a wideout. It'd be hard to blame the Eagles if they thought Cooks would be a perfect replacement.