Brandin Cooks Scouting Report
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Brandin Cooks Scouting Report

Position: WR
Conference: Pac12
School: Oregon State Beavers
Year/Status: Junior
Jersey Number: #7
Height & Weight: 5'10 - 181 lbs.
Draft Prediction: Second Round
Drafted 1.20 in 2014 by NO

2014 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:
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Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State

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 guys miss. Sometimes needs to just lower shoulder pads and get what yardage is there. Incredible acceleration and fluid body control. Excellent after the catch.

Cooks projects as a late first to early second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Really like his fantasy prospects. Highly productive in college and can contribute volume reception totals out of the slot. Low rookie value in redraft will make him a late-round flier at best. Keep a close eye on him and consider him off the waiver wire if he gets hot. Typically anywhere from the third to sixth rookie selected in dynasty rookie drafts.

Last Updated Apr-30-2014 by Matt De Lima

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