2014 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Brandin Cooks
To prepare for the 2014 NFL Draft InsidetheFilmRoom is breaking down the best 5 prospects from every position. This week we are examining the top wide receiver prospects and we are focusing our attention on Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks today.
With the average NFL offense evolving from a traditional 2 backs to a 3 wide receivers the slot receiver position has become increasingly important. Because of this change. the demand for smaller quicker receivers has skyrocketed in recent year –Tavon Austin was selected 8th last year– and every NFL team is on the lookout for the next shifty play maker.
Luckily for the NFL Brandin Cooks is entering this year’s draft and is the prototypical slot receiver/offensive weapon. Despite standing only 5’10” Cooks shredded the Pac-12 last year with 128 catches for 1,730 yard and 16 touchdowns and is certain lock to be drafted on the opening night of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Human Joy Stick: Elite quickness and lateral agility, light on his feet, can switch directions on a dime, dynamic in space and can make defenders look silly with jukes/spin moves.
Elite Speed: Extremely quick feet, gets up to full speed in a hurry, has great top end speed, great on end arounds and had the fastest 40 at the combine at 4.33 seconds.
Great Route Runner: Sinks hips and bursts out of breaks, good stutter step, same release/stem on every route and adjusts well to the ball in flight.
Character: Tough kid, team captain seems to give 100% on every play and never missed a game at any level.
Size: Only 5’10”, can struggle against press coverage, limits his ability to be a factor in the red zone and will get pushed around in the run game.
Overall: Cooks is more or less Tavon Austion 2.o. Blessed with elite speed and quickness Cooks is a true weapon, he can turn a quick throw into a big play or use his speed to blow by defenders on deep route. That said his lack of size limits where he can impact a game — bubble screens, quick routes, punt returns and end arounds– and he will be seen as a luxury to some. But a team will fall in love with such a dynamic player and select him in between 15-25.
Prediction: Mid to Late 1st Round
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