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Brandin Cooks NFL Draft 2014: Grading Saints' First-Round Pick

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Team Stream NowB/R VideoMay 8, 2014

Brandin Cooks, the former Oregon State wideout, was drafted 20th overall by the New Orleans Saints in the 2014 NFL draft. Cooks established himself as an explosive, dynamic wideout, and that speed and talent was too much for the Saints to pass up. 

Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award last season as college football's best wideout, racking up 1,730 yards and 24 touchdowns on 128 catches. He was also an explosive return man, racking up the best yards-per-return average in the country. 

Cooks is an explosive talent, blazingly fast with an explosive first step that allows him to blow past defenders. He's got great acceleration and is extremely tough to catch after making the catch. His hands are extremely quick, and he's shown himself to be as durable as any player in the draft. He's dynamic with the ball in his hands, the kind of playmaker that has offensive coordinators drooling. 

But the former Oregon State wideout isn't without risks. He's a small wideout, and lacks strength, meaning he can get knocked off his route. He had drops and fumble issues in college, often moving without the ball, and can be overwhelmed in man coverage. 

Will Cooks' fantastic speed and agility make him a star in the pros? Or will his lack of size see him struggle to succeed in the NFL? Watch as our draft experts discuss Cooks' ceiling, and what he brings to the pros.

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