Washington Redskins Draft Profile: Brandin Cooks, WR

Steve Dykes

Hogs Haven takes a look at NFL prospects heading into the 2014 draft.

Brandin Cooks

Wide Receiver

Height: 5'10"  Weight: 186 lbs

Oregon State

Strengths: There is a lot to like about to the explosive 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner.  He has tremendous speed and quickness, can burn his defender in the slot or outside, and can be special in the return game as well.  Cooks has never missed a game at any level, is a solid route runner, and has earned a reputation for being a student of the game.  His final year in college, he caught a PAC-12 record 128 passes for 1,730 yards, and his three year total of 24 touchdowns at Oregon State is a school record.

Weaknesses: At 5'10", he is smaller than most scouts prefer and could have a problem dealing with larger cornerbacks.  Because of his size, he can be neutralized at the line of scrimmage if pressed and, in passing routes, he does not present a big target for the quarterback.

Bottom Line: Despite his diminutive stature, Cooks has been an impact player at every level.  He has the ability to turn little plays into exhilarating plays, and has been often compared to a taller version of Panthers receiver Steve Smith, who has had a very productive career in the NFL.  Whoever takes him will get a persistent hard worker who can be dynamic on offense and special teams.

Projected Round: 1-2

Team He Fits Best On: Jets, Redskins, Vikings, Raiders

2013 Brandin Cooks highlights (via OSUBeaversAthletics)


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