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2014 NFL Draft: WRs Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson headed for NFL

2014 NFL Draft: WRs Brandin Cooks, Allen Robinson headed for NFL

By Derek Harper | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com

Allen Robinson was a CBSSports.com All-American. (USATSI)
Allen Robinson was a CBSSports.com All-American. (USATSI)

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The wide receiver class for the NFL Draft received a significant boost with juniors Allen Robinson and Penn State and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks deciding to forego their senior seasons.

Both are rated among the top 40 overall prospects by NFLDraftScout.com, with Allen the No. 4 wide receiver behind Clemson junior Sammy Watkins, Texas A&M redshirt sophomore Mike Evans and Southern Cal junior Marqise Lee. Robinson is projected as the No. 33 overall prospect, giving him a late-first to early-second round projection.

"It was a honor to wear a penn state uniform for 3 years," he tweeted Thursday. "I will miss my teammates and coaches, blessed for the opportunity and experience!"

Robinson was named to NFLDraftScout.com analyst Dane Brugler's First-team Offense among draft prospects. He finished with school records with 97 catches for 1,432 receiving yards in 2013 and was the main playmaker for the Penn State offense. Robinson was a third-team All-American selection.

"He isn't the biggest (6-2, 210) or fastest (estimated 4.55 speed), but he's able to be effective because he pays attention to detail and is extremely aggressive when the ball is thrown in his area," Brugler wrote.

Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver in 2013 and is currently the No. 38 overall prospect and No. 7 wide receiver. He was given a late-first, early-second round projection by NFLDraftScout.com and a second-round grade by the NFL Advisory Committee, according to ESPN. He, too, made Brugler's first team offense for draft prospects after setting a school record with 16 touchdown catches.

"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," Brugler wrote. "He has terrific athleticism and speed, using start-stop change-of-direction skills and instant acceleration to make defenders miss in the open field.

"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. "

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