2014 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Saints
The diminutive Cooks was an individual offensive powerhouse for the Beavers. He finished second in receptions, first in receiving yards and second in receiving yards. Although Oregon State is known for its high-volume passing attack, Cooks' skill set translates very well to the next level as he has tremendous speed and short-area burst.
Cooks showed up and then some at the Combine, running a 4.33 40-yard dash and possibly pushing his draft stock into the first round. One major concern though is his size and ultimately, what role he would fulfill at the next level. Cooks is a best fit as a slot receiver. Most teams who really need a WR, they really need a No. 1 receiver. Cooks becomes a bit of a luxury pick for a team with an already established set of starting WRs. This could push his draft value down slightly.
Fast hands. Can pluck the ball out of mid-air. Choppy footwork. Can stop and start at an elite level. Good head and shoulder movement when running the branches of his route tree. Good musculature on a light frame, but still a naturally thin player. Will have to overcome press-man coverage and re-routing downfield. Relies too much on evasive ability and wants to make gu... [Read More
Due to a lot of positive comparisons to Richard Sherman, Jean-Baptiste is quickly moving up draft boards. He's blessed with length and surprising quickness. Despite his slightly advanced age (24 years old) DJB really fits with what teams are looking for in their cornerbacks.
At just a hair under 6-foot-3, SJB is a size-speed-strength prospect with big-time potential. Still learning the position after spending years playing WR. With his former experience though, he brings along excellent hands, long arms and a big target to smother other receivers. Average tackler at best. Doesn't show enough aggression at this point. Solid instincts and below-average awareness on when to break on the ball. Still plays too timid.
Good press coverage due to length and power. Average change of direction due to sometimes sloppy footwork. What scouts are really drawn to is the fact that he's new to the position and has the physical skill set to improve dramatically. Seems to be well-aware of what throws off receivers in their route. Uses his hands well to redirect receivers and get them off their line. Needs to improve playing with his back to the ball. Sits too high in his backpedal.
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