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NFL Draft 2014 – Scouting Report - Brandin Cooks – Oregon St.
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Brandin Cooks #7 - 5-10, 190 - Oregon St. - Sp. 4.35 - Rating 90
Hindu Theory: DeSean Jackson
Fast athletic junior receiver was an impact weapon, earning Pac-12 honors his final two seasons. Brandin has excellent speed with the quickness, agility and hands that has translated into top production over his Pac 12 career. He shows the burst to get deep with the ability to track the ball and use his good leaping skills to make big plays. He has a great combination of quickness and speed with the running skills to provide playmaking early in his pro career. He needs some development as a route runner with better hand technique to release quicker at the line and better understanding of coverage and holes in zones. He cuts quickly at the break point and runs sharp routes with the ability to retain his elite speed very well. He will have to prove he can physical beat the jam on a consistent basis to earn playing time. He must show the toughness to go over the middle and extend for the ball and make the difficult catch in heavy traffic. He must learn to work the middle better and show better coverage recognition and where the holes are in zones to make key receptions. He shows fine hands and the body control to adjust to the pass that gives him a good receiving radius. He has all the tools to become a starting pro with the separation speed to get deep that has drawn raves from scouts. His rare sudden speed allows him to blow by top caliber cover men and has made him one of the fastest rising prospects in this class. As a runner, he has the elusiveness and quick burst to hit an opening and break big plays. He can retain his speed well to track the deep ball to make a catch. He needs much improvement as a blocker to assure early playing time. He adjusts quickly to the pass, showing the ability to shield the ball from defenders and the leaping ability to make the catch. He shows nice development as a runner with better hand technique to release quickly and sharp footwork at the break point to run consistently crisp routes. He shows big play ability to hit the home run, though he must prove he can run the complete route tree and not just play outside the hashes. As a runner, he is very elusive with the burst to hit an opening and is especially adept at the go route. He wastes little motion as a route runner and retains his speed well with the ability to make plays. He is dangerous on reverses that adds another element to his game.
The Numbers: As a junior, he started 12 of 13 games and was named 1st-team Pac-12. He caught 128 passes for a career-high 1,730 yards, a fine 13.5 average and 16 TDs. He carried the ball 28 times for 188 yards and 2 TDs. As a sophomore, he had 67 catches with 1151 receiving yards for a 17.1 average and 5 TDs. He carried the ball 19 times for 82 yards. Over his career, he totaled 218 receptions for 3212 yards for a 14.7 average and 23 TDs. As a runner, he had 57 carries for 311 yards and 2 TDs. At the NFL Combine, he came in just under 5’10” and 189 lbs. and ran 4.33 time with a 1.51 ten yard split. He did a 10’ VL, 36” BJ and 16 reps. He had a good 3.81 short shuttle & 6.76 three cone drill.
The Skinny: Fast playmaker with good speed and capable of taking the lid off the defense. He is a well-built short receiver with very good movement skills and the ability to make plays after the catch. Similar to fast receivers like DeSean Jackson in size, speed and pro playmaking potential. He combines fine athletic talent with a fast improving skill set to contribute and win a slot receiver role with the development to provide impact in all multiple sets. Rising top 25 pick and possible first round selection after a highly productive career with interesting upside to excel if he proves durable. At the OSU pro day, he looked good in his positional drills. He may realize his pro potential early if he proves durable for the physical NFL game.
Draft Projection: 1st Round