Draft Profile: WR Brandin Cooks

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School: Oregon State Experience: Junior
Height: 5-10 Weight: 189
40 Time: 4.33
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Cooks grew up in Stockton, Calif. and went on to become a three-sport start at Lincoln High School, where he also played basketball and competed as a sprinter while earning the nickname of “Sonic Boom.”

Rated as the No. 22 receiver in the nation by Rivals.com, Cooks committed to Oregon State and played in all 12 games with three starts as a freshman.

Cooks really burst onto the scene in 2012 as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award after posting 1,151 receiving yards. Anyone concerned that Cooks’ numbers were inflated while playing opposite Markus Wheaton had their fears curbed in 2013, when Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award after leading the FBS with 1,670 receiving yards during the regular season.

At just 5-10 and 186 pounds, he lacks elite size for the position, but he shines with his natural athleticism and dynamic ability before and after he touches the ball.

pecial athlete with explosive feet and natural burst – springs in his legs. Fluid body control with excellent start/stop moves, open-field vision and patient hesitation to elude defenders – joystick moves with loose hips and joints. Beautiful acceleration with speed to burn – electric after the catch.

Quick hands to adjust and pluck with very good coordination to look the ball into his mitts. Quick footwork to set up his routes and fool defenders – has worked hard to fine-tune this area. Works hard to max out his frame.

Strong football character. Tough individual – has never missed a game at any level. Experience on special teams as a return man – became full-time punt returner in 2013 (6.0 average). Very productive and 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner as nation’s top receiver – set Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches (128) and receiving yards (1,730), also setting new school record for touchdown catches (24).

Lacks ideal size with below average height and length for the position. Limited strength, muscle and overall growth potential. Struggles with physical defenders and doesn’t have ideal body strength – will be overwhelmed in man coverage.

Looks to avoid contact and would much rather escape out of bounds or go around defenses. Needs to secure the ball through the process to eliminate drops and fumbles. Smallish target for quarterbacks.

Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams – Cooks is a slightly bigger, not as fast version of Austin due to explosive feet, open-field moves and natural athleticism that makes him a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball.

Draft Info – [CBS Sports]


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