Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (HT: 5'9¾", WR: 189)
First Round: 20th pick
NFL Comparison: Kendall Wright, WR, Tennessee Titans
|5'10"||189||30 3/4"||9 5/8"|
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- 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 backward 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.
- 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 it's 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: 1st Round
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