Former Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks set an NFL Scouting Combine record this past weekend by finishing the 60-yard shuttle in just 10.72 seconds. Per NFL.com's Gil Brandt, Cooks was one of just two participants to finish the drill in under 11 seconds this year, with the other player being former Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Damian Copeland (10.84 seconds).
Prior to the combine, the 5'10" Cooks looked like a fringe first-round prospect. His lack of size meant that speed and agility drills were of particular importance, and Cooks more than stepped up to the plate.
In addition to setting a record for the 60-yard shuttle, he ran a 4.33 40-yard dash that was best among all wide receivers at this year's combine. Cooks also paced his position group in the 20-yard shuttle, finishing with a time of just 3.81 seconds.
Throw in his 16 reps on the bench press and a 36" vertical leap—both strong numbers for a 5'10" wideout—and it becomes clear that Cooks was one of the big risers from this past weekend.
He already had impressive game tape after catching 128 passes for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns during his junior season in 2013. As a sophomore, Cooks had a mere 67 receptions for 1,151 yards and five touchdowns. Suffice it to say, his college production has never been an issue.
Between his strong play at Oregon State and excellent showing at the combine, Cooks has likely moved himself into the bottom half of the first round. Some teams may look at his size and see a slot receiver, but there's little reason to think that the sure-handed 20-year-old can't also line up outside.