Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (HT: 5'10", WR: 186)
- Lacks the ideal measurables, but has the athleticism to make up for it and carve out a productive role for himself in the NFL.
- Elite start-and-stop ability which makes him extremely difficult to contain in the open field.
- Ability to get up to full speed quickly keeps defensive backs on their toes and likely makes them think twice about playing press coverage.
- His ability to get over the top of the defense requires the attention of a safety at all times.
- Hands are above average.
- Does a great job adjusting to poorly placed balls.
- Played in a well-balanced passing attack at Oregon State and was asked to run a full complement of routes.
- Depth and timing of his routes are consistent, and he seemed to always be on the same page with quarterback Sean Mannion.
- An explosive punt returner, who will likely start immediately in this role in the NFL.
- Overall size and strength raises some questions about long-term durability.
- He's stayed relatively healthy throughout his college career, but he would improve his ability to stay on the field by adding some weight.
- Suffered an ankle injury against Oregon in 2012 and was slowed by a knee injury early in the 2012 season.
- Doesn't always make great decisions after the catch.
- Needs to avoid running backwards and losing yardage after the catch.
- He's extremely quick with his cuts, but sometimes his movements are exaggerated which will tip off more savvy defensive backs trying to stick with him in man coverage.
- Not a threat to come down with the ball in tight coverage.
- Struggles to fend off defenders on 50/50 balls.
NFL Comparison: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
- Also ran track at Oregon State and competed in the Junior Olympics in high school.
- 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner.
- First team All-Pac 12 and consensus All American in 2013.
Cooks immediately stands out as one of the fastest receivers in this year's class, but its more than just his straight-line speed that makes him so dangerous. While many receivers are track-fast, Cooks has the functional speed and agility to make him extremely elusive in the open field. His athleticism also makes him a fluid route runner, with the potential to improve in this area. Due to the depth in this year's class at receiver, he may fall the second day, but from a pure talent perspective it's difficult to argue that Cooks isn't a first round talent.
Draft Projection: Top 50