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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver

Team: Oregon State Beavers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 186

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Saints selected Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The Saints give up the Nos. 27 and 91 overall picks to get an immediate high-quality option behind starters Marques Colston and Kenny Stills. Cooks (5-foot-9 3/4, 189) won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver, finishing his three years in college with 226 receptions for 3,272 yards (14.5 YPR) and 24 TDs. He added two scores on the ground and can also return punts. Only 20 years old, Cooks is a souped-up Tavon Austin with 4.33 speed, agility in space, and flashes of vertical chops. He's a noticeably sudden player on tape. Cooks' build may limit his red-zone productivity, but he is a dynamic playmaker who could handle a lot of volume if asked to by the Saints. May 8 - 10:34 PM

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ESPN's Adam Schefter noted the Raiders, Bucs, Titans, Ravens, Dolphins and Patriots have some level of interest in trading back.

Teams like the Jets, 49ers and Broncos could be looking to move up for specific prospects. A team like the Dolphins, who still have a need at receiver, could nab a prospect like Brandin Cooks at the end of the first-round. The draft trade chart has been thrown out the window, which could make deals difficult, especially in the top 10.
May 8 - 11:10 AM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks says the Jets are "pushing for me."

We know GM John Idzik is very intrigued by this year's WR class, which he has studied until cloudy eyed, but will he stay at No. 18? If he does, Cooks would make all sorts of sense as a complement to Eric Decker. A trade up for Odell Beckham will be discussed, however. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported earlier this week that Chiefs coach Andy Reid "really likes" Cooks. The Eagles are also reportedly interested as they seek DeSean Jackson's replacement.
May 7 - 9:53 PM

Chiefs coach Andy Reid "really likes" Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Monday's NFL Insiders.

Cooks boldly proclaimed to a Philadelphia newspaper last month that he can be a better version of DeSean Jackson, and Reid, Jackson's former coach, is probably attracted to the mold. Coming out of college, the players were the same height (5-foot-10), but Cooks is 14 pounds heavier (189 to 175) and a smidgen faster (4.33 forty to 4.35). Mort added that GM John Dorsey prefers bigger wideouts, so a War Room argument could be forthcoming if Cooks slides.
May 5 - 8:52 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks over LSU's Odell Beckham Jr.

The margin is slim, with Cooks ranked at No. 12 and Beckham Jr. coming in one spot behind, but the veteran draft analyst is in the minority with this opinion. "Athletically, he's a mirror of Tavon Austin from last season, and he's a little bigger. Super productive," Kiper writes.
Source: ESPN
Apr 22 - 1:48 PM

The Steelers like LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. and Oregon State's Brandin Cooks, according to The MMQB's Peter King.

King believes one or both will be available at pick No. 15. We think Cooks is far more likely to still be on the board, although a mid-first-round pick is a high price to pay for that kind of talent.
Source: The MMQB
Apr 21 - 3:13 PM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks told the NFL Network he has four visits or workouts scheduled in the next few weeks.

Cooks specifically said his interaction with the Jets will be in the form of a visit, but the Panthers, Patriots and Seahawks could be a generic campus workout. The receiver likely has more teams scheduled than these four, but it is a good start. He has a chance to be the fourth receiver off the board.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 5 - 12:20 PM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks proclaimed that he can be a better version of DeSean Jackson.

Speaking to Philly.com, Cooks was both complimentary and supremely confident. "His game is unbelievable," said Cooks. "The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game. He’s just special. He’s a freak. I definitely admire his game. Maybe Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me. Who knows? And if that’s the case, a lot of people will wonder ‘Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?’ In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better." Chip Kelly has reportedly closely scouted Cooks, and the fit makes plenty of sense. Coming out of college, the players were the same height (5-foot-10), but Cooks is 14 pounds heavier (189 to 175) and a smidgen faster (4.33 forty to 4.35). Cooks also put up far superior numbers despite playing in only two more collegiate games (226 catches/3,272 yards/24 TDs compared to Jackson's 162/2,423/22 touchdown).
Source: Philly.com
Apr 3 - 6:52 PM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks leaped five spots up to No. 21 overall on Daniel Jeremiah's big board published Tuesday.

"He catches a lot of quick-hitters in Oregon State's offense and he is at his best with the ball in his hands," the NFL.com scribe wrote. "He has the shiftiness to make defenders miss and the home-run speed to score from anywhere on the field. He is a very efficient route-runner when working back to the quarterback and he tracks the ball naturally over his shoulder on deep routes." Cooks abused Pac 12 defenses over the past two seasons, turning 95 catches into 2,881 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has drawn comparisons to Tavon Austin, Wes Welker, and Steve Smith. The Eagles, of one, are reportedly interested as they seek DeSean Jackson's replacement.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 1 - 10:41 PM

ESPN analyst Louis Riddick has heard that Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks' personality and charisma match his stellar play on the field.

"Nothing better than hearing that a very good NFL draft prospect has an even better personality, charisma, etc #BrandinCooks," Riddick tweeted. Teams that are looking to add a dynamic receiver in the second half of the first round, could easily be enticed to draft Cooks with their selection. Cooks has the ability to win inside and out while taking the top off a defense. He has drawn comparisons to Tavon Austin, Wes Welker, and most commonly Steve Smith.
Mar 26 - 11:04 PM

The Eagles are interested in Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, "with head coach Chip Kelly particularly interested in the wideout," reports Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com.

It's no surprise that Cooks has caught Kelly's eye, and he could become DeSean Jackson's replacement. Coming out of college, the players were the same height (5-foot-10), but Cooks is 14 pounds heavier (189 to 175) and a smidgen faster (4.33 forty to 4.35). Cooks also put up far superior numbers despite playing in only two more games (226 catches/3,272 yards/24 TDs compared to Jackson's 162/2,423/22 touchdown).
Source: NJ.com
Mar 23 - 8:53 PM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks has a meeting scheduled to visit with the Panthers.

Carolina, having recently lost wide receivers Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell to free agency, have a major need on the perimeter. Why not fill it with a prospect that many have compared to Smith himself? Cooks (5-foot-9 3/4, 185 pounds), a slot dynamo, put on a show at the combine, running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. He's already visited with the Patriots. Cooks was asked whom he patterns his game after, and his answer should make Panthers' fans swoon. "Steve Smith, he's a great receiver and one of the best out there," Cooks said. "Being under six-foot, he's not one of the biggest receivers, but at the same time, he brings everything to the table that any other guy can. I definitely try to mold my game after a guy like that."
Source: NFL.com
Mar 23 - 5:58 PM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks didn't participate in testing drills for scouts at the Beavers' pro day.

Cooks (5-foot-9 3/4, 185 pounds) elected to keep most of his combine numbers, which was a smart move because he put on an absolute show in Indy, including a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. Cooks caught passes for scouts from former Beavers backup Cody Vaz. The slot dynamo has drawn comparisons to Tavon Austin and Wes Welker. He's ticketed for the first round.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 15 - 3:17 PM

The Jets have been "all over" Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, according to a source close to beat writer Rich Cimini.

Cooks may be best suited as a slot receiver in the NFL, but there were plenty of occasions where in won on the outside in the Pac-12. In fact, Rotoworld's Josh Norris compares him to Victor Cruz, despite his shorter stature. Some have compared Cooks to Tavon Austin and Wes Welker, but what separates Cooks from other top receivers in this class is his inability to win consistently at the catch point in contested situations.
Mar 15 - 12:10 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt mentioned that Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks reminds him of a "faster Wes Welker."

"Brandin Cooks working out today at Oregon State pro day. Reminds me of Wes Welker, only faster. Great kid. Going to be good NFL player," Brandt tweeted. Cooks ran a blazing 4.33 forty at the combine, which was the second fastest time by any player that attended. The explosion that Cooks showcased this season, has followed him to the Combine, as well as his Pro Day. Cooks has the ability to win inside and out, and with his type of explosiveness, he has the ability to take the top off a defense. The all-purpose weapon could hear his name called in the second half of the first-round.
Mar 14 - 3:11 PM