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Brandin Cooks | Wide Receiver

Team: New Orleans Saints
Age / DOB:  (20) / 9/25/1993
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 189
College: Oregon State
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Numerous teammates noted first-round pick Brandin Cooks playing at a "different speed" than the rest of the Saints' offense during spring workouts.
Saints CB Keenan Lewis nicknamed Cooks "lightning." Added TE Ben Watson, "everybody looked at each other like, 'Wow, this kid is definitely at a different speed.'" "I haven't seen that kind of speed in a while," chimed in OLB Junior Galette. "He can get into that last gear quick. His speed is obviously top tier in the league." Reporter Mike Triplett considers Cooks a prime OROY candidate, floating 70 receptions for 800 yards as a realistic expectation. Jul 18 - 4:18 PM

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Saints first-round WR Brandin Cooks will spend two weeks working out with Drew Brees in San Diego prior to training camp.

Cooks missed much of the offseason program due to Oregon State's late graduation date. He didn't return to the Saints until partway through minicamp. Cooks and Brees will use the two weeks to make up for lost time before the pads come on in late July. Replacing Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, Cooks is a do-it-all offensive gadget piece and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
Jun 24 - 12:56 PM

First-round WR Brandin Cooks has earned the nickname "lightning" from his teammates.

"A (defensive back) might be in his back pocket and the next thing you know he's 50, 60 yards down the field," said CB Keenan Lewis. Cooks ran a 4.33 at the Combine, the second-fastest time behind Dri Archer (4.26). He's going to be incredibly fast on the Superdome turf. Cooks, who missed OTAs while finishing up at Oregon State but returned for minicamp, said he'll visit Drew Brees in San Diego before training camp to learn more about the offense.
Jun 23 - 7:59 AM

Drew Brees pointed to first-round pick Brandin Cooks as the primary replacement for Darren Sproles.

Brees described Cooks as an "explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football." Sproles and Lance Moore are both gone, leaving a 90-reception void in Sean Payton's offense. "I think he can do a lot of things," Brees added of Cooks. "I think he can play outside receiver. I think I he can play inside in the slot. You can hand him reverses. You can throw him screens. He can return punts."
Source: USA Today
Jun 18 - 9:03 PM

Brandin Cooks has been taking "online courses" to learn the Saints' offense while away from the team.

Cooks' alma mater Oregon State is on the quarter system, meaning he couldn't practice with the Saints while his academic year came to a close. He was not completely disconnected from the team, however. Cooks and Saints coaches watched tape and went through the playbook together online. New Orleans hopes these classes will allow Cooks to hit the ground running when he reports next week.
Jun 12 - 6:54 PM

ESPN Saints writer Mike Triplett believes Brandin Cooks has a "realistic shot" at the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Cooks is in an ideal spot as a moveable chess piece for offensive guru Sean Payton. But we'd hold off on blowing expectations out of the water. Over the last 20 years, just eight rookies have topped 1,000 receiving yards, and just one in the last 10 years has won ROY (Percy Harvin). Triplett realistically sees around 800 yards, 5-6 receiving TDs, and a punt return score for Cooks. According to, the top-four choices for OROY are Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Cooks is tied for fifth.
Jun 9 - 9:41 AM

Drew Brees believes first-round pick Brandin Cooks will be a "big contributor" in the Saints' offense right away.

As do we. NFL Network's Bucky Brooks recently projected Cooks to catch around 70 passes in year one. "There's no doubt he's a guy who has the ability to be a big contributor for us on offense this year," Brees said. Brees said he expects Cooks to have a hand in replacing Darren Sproles and Lance Moore in New Orleans' offense. Moore and Sproles combined for 108 receptions in 2013, leaving behind a lot of opportunity for Cooks and sophomore Kenny Stills.
May 23 - 2:17 PM

Coach Sean Payton said he plans to use Brandin Cooks both in the slot and outside.

Payton traded up to No. 20 overall to acquire Cooks. He's not just going to stick him at "X" and be done with it. Payton plans to squeeze the most out of Cooks' versatile skill set and lightning-fast wheels, making him a focal point of an annually potent passing attack. "Anytime a player is hand picked by Sean Payton to play offense at receiver, you’d better believe he's gonna be something," DC Rob Ryan wisely said.
May 19 - 10:37 AM

Saints signed No. 20 overall pick WR Brandin Cooks to a four-year contract.

The deal runs through 2017, and includes a club option for 2018. Cooks, only 20 years old after leaving Oregon State early, is a highly explosive and versatile chess piece going to a coach in Sean Payton who has a knack for getting the maximum out of that kind of player. We expect the Saints to funnel enough offense through Cooks in year one that he'll be an immediate fantasy WR3. Long term, he offers a WR1 ceiling in PPR leagues. The Saints' trade up for Cooks suggests Kenny Stills will continue focusing on clear-out routes along the perimeter. Cooks will be regularly utilized inside the numbers.
May 18 - 3:01 PM

Saints traded up with the Cardinals to select 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 suped-up Tavon Austin with 4.33 jets, 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 we believe could handle a lot of volume if asked to by the Saints. He's going to be ridiculously fast on the Superdome turf. We suspect coach Sean Payton will be more willing to feature Cooks than clear-out route-runner Stills, which would position Cooks for an immediate fantasy impact. He's in the mix as a first-round Dynasty pick.
May 8 - 10:23 PM

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

"It's been big time," Cooks said of the Jets' interest. "We've been talking a lot on and off." If GM John Idzik ends up staying at No. 18, the speedy Cooks would make plenty of sense as an underneath complement to new top target Eric Decker. Cooks has also been recently linked to the Chiefs, who hold the 23rd overall pick.
May 7 - 10:12 AM

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Chiefs coach Andy Reid "really likes" Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks.

Mort was appearing on Monday's NFL Insiders. Echoing DeSean Jackson, Cooks stands in at 5-foot-10, 189 pounds, and ran a blazing 4.33 40-yard dash at the Combine. However, Mort notes that GM John Dorsey, who comes from the Packers, prefers bigger wideouts. Cooks should come off the board on day one.
May 5 - 4:16 PM

Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg attended the Pro Day of Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks, a player New York has reportedly been "all over."

Cooks is a dynamic slot receiver that also possesses the ability to stretch the field. He has the stop-start quickness of Tavon Austin, but is a more polished route runner and has a better understanding of how to get open. Cooks would be a welcome addition to a Jets offense desperately in need of weapons. Cooks or North Carolina TE Eric Ebron would make a lot of sense for the Jets at pick 18.
Mar 15 - 10:25 AM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks clocked unofficial forty times of 4.30 and 4.30 at the Scouting Combine.

His "official" time came out as 4.33, pacing this year's wide receiver field. Cook needed to run fast because he's under 5-foot-10 and 189, but he deserves credit for executing. The 2013 Biletnikoff award winner racked up 128 catches for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, before declaring early. As a sophomore in 2012, Cook had 1,151 yards while playing second fiddle to Markus Wheaton. He was also used regularly on punt returns and as a ball carrier.
Feb 23 - 11:04 AM

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks measured 5-foot-9 3/4 and 189 pounds at Friday's Scouting Combine weigh-in.

A dynamic underneath receiver, Cooks has drawn NFL comparisons to Tavon Austin, which you could construe as a good or bad thing. He's still only 20 years old, and doesn't turn 21 until late September. Cook is a former track athlete who'll likely blaze the track in Indianapolis. He also won the 2013 Biletnikoff Award, annually given to the nation's top wide receiver.
Feb 21 - 12:22 PM

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