*Brandin Cooks-

WR Oregon St

5-9 3/4, 189, 30 3/4" Arms, 16 Reps,

(U 4.3), 36" Vert, 10' Broad!

(O 4.33), 3.81 SS! 6.76 3-C! 10.71 60!

Get Someone To Help Brady, Please!

  Part IV and a Half.

By TOM

Cooks was unbelievable productive last year, and actually beat Marquise Lee's 2012 Biletnikoff season of 1,721 yards by 9 yards. Plus, he had 16 TDs receiving and 2 TDs rushing the ball. "2013: Biletnikoff Award winner (as nation's top receiver), first-team All-American selection and first-team All-Pac-12 pick. Set single-season Pac-12 records with 1,730 receiving yards and 128 receptions. Led FBS in receiving yards and finished second in FBS in receptions. 2012: Biletnikoff Award semifinalist and honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick. Had five 100-yard receiving games. 2011: Played in all 12 games, starting in three. Started first game of season, becoming first true freshman to start season opener at OSU since Roddy Tompkins in 1996. Misc.: Nicknamed "Sonic Boom". Step-brother, Maurice Washington, was in Oakland Raiders training camp." That is some serious production in only three years.

The reason I think Cooks ends up in the Teens, is that he has some of that dynamic utility guy skills, like Tavon Austin. Plus, he has that great speed and elusiveness running deep patterns like Santonio Holmes. He has the traits that can’t be taught that Holmes has, and Austin has. He is actually bigger than Austin. Holmes was 5-10 1/2, 188 pounds, and ran a 4.35. So Cooks is a 3/4 of an inch shorter than Holmes, 2-1/100ths of a second faster, and one pound heavier (how's that for knit picking;). "I’m a playmaker," Cooks said at the combine. "I’m able to create plays from nothing. [I'm] able to catch a three-yard ball, take it the distance. Speed kills, and I feel like that’s what I’m going to bring to the game." 

I don't think that those guys have similar skill traits. Austin is better underneath with the ball in his hands, while Homes is better running deep patterns. Those are two very different skills that are deadly in little, ultra-quick, fast guys. Cooks is somewhere in the middle of both guys, and I’m not convinced that Holmes is a better deep receiver, and Austin is a better utility guy. And that is really saying something. 

The problem of course is the size. A WR at 5-10 and 189 pounds can be a Number One in the NFL, but there are not a lot of them. Steve Smith comes to mind, and that is about it in the past ten years. He has 30 3/4" arms and 9 5/8” hands. That is not too bad. The 4.33 speeds makes up for that size. College CBs fall down just trying to run with him straight down field. And I don't mean when he is water-bugging and jitter-bugging around the field like a lunatic. But when he is just running a deep pattern down the field. Plus, he can break more than one defenders' ankle, on the same play, when he is water-bugging and jitter-bugging around the field like a lunatic. He was the Biletnikoff winner for a reason. He was the most dynamic and effective WR in college football last year.

He will round his route sometimes, and will allow the DB to get back into the route. When he wants to, he has excellent suddenness in his shoulders in routes. He has an odd hitch in his release off the LOS sometimes. He will hop up and skip forward into the pattern. I like how he runs Screens. He steps forward, and then back, and then takes off down the sideline towards the QB instead of waiting for the ball. This allows the O-Linemen to get outside, and makes it harder for the CB covering him to tackle him. He runs patterns with nice deception.

He really shows his speed on reverses and end arounds. He was made to run reverses in the NFL. He can be stunningly deadly on Screens. He follows his blockers so well, and when he gets some big blockers in front of him he bobs and weaves behind them with explosion. He knows how to protect himself on the field. He is a very small and very fast guy, but he is always on the field. He doesn’t get injured. He plays through the pain, and knows when the play is over. He struggles to protect himself in the Slot sometimes, which is why I don’t like him as a Slot receiver as much.

He can be stunning adjusting to the badly thrown ball on the wrong side of his body. He made a TD catch against Utah where the QB threw the ball on the wrong side of his body he was running on, so he had to spin to the other side. He had to leap back and dive sideways to catch it. It was one of the best catches I’ve ever seen.

He is such a good deep route runner. He was so improved this past season using his speed to get open deep. He can catch those 50-60 yard passes over his head with his hands. He will sometimes body catch it, but he can reach out with his hands and grab the ball deep. He is so electric with the ball in his hands that it seems so surprising that he is so electric running patterns as well. You usually don’t see that combination. He is a combination of the best of Tavon Austin, and the best of Santonio Holmes. And the more I watch him run patterns the more I see Steve Smith. The more I watch him flying around the field untouchable, the more I see Steve Smith: a 5'10", ultra-dynamic, Number One.

There was no one better in college football last year when they found an alley to run down than this guy. When he sees a lane going across the field he is the best player in college football. He can be such an ultra-quick waterbug, but then he puts on the jets running in a straight line and is just as impressive. His blend of speed and dynamic change of direction in the open field is the best in this Draft.

He runs a great dig. DBs just can’t stop like he can. His acceleration as he heads up field is so impressive. He blasted off the line in trips and looked a hair faster than his teammates, then after 5-yards he kept accelerating and bursting past them impressively. Runs a nice In. His breaks in so quickly that the CB can’t keep up. But, when he gets hit by the LB in the Slot he can get helicoptered. He is a very small guy. He took a shot in the Slot against USC that sent him spinning through the air. He bounced up and stayed on the field. Makes me wonder how effective he can be in the Slot. He clearly has the quickness to play in the Slot, but he is more used to the speed outside than the fight inside. CBs get help over the top more and more as the games wears on.

He runs that inside hand off on the reverse like Tavon Austin. Dynamic runner out of the backfield. Great screen runner. Dynamic in the open field, even when he can't use his speed. He is averaging over 6 YPC coming out of the backfield. One of those rare players who can combine speed and quickness. Vicious hop cut to the side that can break DBs ankles. He might be the most fun player to watch with the ball in his hands. Gained ten pounds from Sophomore to Junior year. Great nifty feet. All purpose WR. Adjust routes nicely. It looks like he can move sideways as fast as he can move forward sometimes. He has that knack for finding a crack in the zone in the Endzone. Runs nice fakes on play action. He comes out of his breaks faster then he makes them. Great burst out of breaks. Nice suddenness in his shoulder. When he snaps around there is a blurring his shoulders. He is so good on reverses that it literally scares the crap out of defenses.

Uses his quick feet nicely on Ins. He also has his shoulders shimmying and shaking wherever he goes. Nice blocker on the backside. He is so fast. He even goes in motion fast. I have never seen a guy go in motion as fast as he does. Runs a ton of short patterns. They love to fake reverses on play actions using him. He is so quick in patterns on the sideline, that he makes CBs stumble down sometimes when they are trying to run with him. He made a USC CB fall down, just running a streak. He crushed the cushion so fast that the CB panicked. Cooks was already gone, and the CB stumbled over himself trying to bail. Then tripped himself again as Cooks leaped up and caught the TD pass 30-yards down field.

He runs great double moves. The longer the pattern the more open he gets, because his speed and quickness are elite. He runs a Cross, and then comes back to the sideline like a flag 20-30 yards downfield, and he just can’t be covered. He is another WR with elite hands. He reaches up so smoothly with his hands, and grabs it over his head so effortlessly. When they run a fake reverse to him, it is funny. Three or four defenders will charge up field and try to coral him. Then realize he doesn’t have the ball, and panic. He is so quick with the ball in his hands. He makes the quickest cuts I have ever seen from a guy with the ball in his hands. When he has room to jitterbug, his suddenness is explosive, kinetic, and dangerous for children to watch. Then he finds a lane and puts on the jets.

Gives good effort in the blocking game, but is not the most effective. His lack of weight and strength really shows in the run game. He does a nice job on the cut block.

Cooks Vs Boise ST:

He is such a great utility guy. He does reverses, end arounds, and even runs patterns sometimes (:01). Oddly, I don’t like him as much as a Slot guy. When he is lined up on either sideline he is a deep play waiting to happen. However, he is not a good blocker. That was ugly (:14). That was a great pattern. I didn’t know what he was doing until I saw the O-linemen charging outside. He follows his blockers so well. You can really see him split his blockers right there (:24). I love that pattern. But watch how he blasts off, and breaks two tackles. Then the elite stop and go (:44). Watch his great feet in the stop and go (:50). That is special.

He runs under the Slot guy, and dances around the LB, and drops the ball. He sometimes looks a little nervous in the Slot (:57). He goes into the endzone, and uses his feet so nicely on the late jerk route (1:09). You see that a lot in spread offenses. The curl to a short spot and wait for the pass (1:15). That is a nice curl in. Watch his change of direction after he catches the ball. The CB falls, and before he can hit the ground Cooks is taking off (1:22). I like this pattern. He gives a little shoulder shimmy on the one plant cut. And burst to the middle on a little skinny post. Changes the ball away from his body, and tries to take off. He sees he is surrounded and falls down (1:34). You can really see the suddenness in his shoulders as he dances around. Let me tell you something, staying on the field is a skill. One of those skills is going down on your own when you are surrounded. He got the first down, got swarmed, and slide down. Now he is still playing instead of getting wrapped on the sideline. He knows how to stay in the game.

That is a nice block. He gets inside the DB, turns and sticks a shoulder into the gut of the safety. It’s funny, because it looked like the safety thought he was running a pattern (1:44). Motions into the Slot, and then breaks out and back in for the TD (1:53). Another nice pattern. He runs up to the Safety like he is going to block him, and gives him a little shimmy-shimmy-shake and breaks in. But he does body catch the low throw (2:18). He runs the end around, but the DB makes a great tackle (2:23). They run a screen, and he gets himself in trouble moving laterally rather than following his blockers (2:34). They run the fake End around, and then throw it to him (2:44). You can see how he gets what he can, and hops out of bounds. That is why he stayed healthy in college, and will stay healthy in the NFL.

He goes in motion fast. Gets the hand off, and jets outside. He sees his big guys blocking and almost does a 180 to get behind him (3:01). He does an odd little skip move before he runs his patterns sometimes. He gets inside the DB and takes off down the Seam, but they are doubling him. However, it sure looked like he was going to fly past the defenders (3:12). You get as good a look at his hitch-skip in his release as you will see. He tries to break around his blockers, but gets tripped up (3:21). One lone defender slide around the OG and grabbed his shoestring, or he was gone.

He runs patterns with nice deception sometimes. He is throwing some nice off speed stuff there (3:31). That is real nice. He uses his hands and elite feet to get the outside shoulder of the CB, and just as the CB panics, he stops. Then he catches it and falls down (3:39). He runs an Out, but he curls it. So the DB is able to get a break on the ball (3:53). That is a nice block. Though he barely makes contact. He stays in front of the Safety so he can’t get aggressive on the ball carrier. Then he gets absolutely wiped out by the fallen defender (4:02). He breaks inside and drags along the first down line, but the ball is tipped (4:14). You can really see his elite feet as he moves forward, shimmies, and hops back to allow his blockers to get out in front of him (4:33). And that ends that interesting game.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30sP1UWr71c

Cooks Vs. Boise ST

Brandin Cooks Vs Utah (2013):

He runs that Jet-sweep, but Utah is waiting for it (:01). You can really see his stop and cutback quickness here as the Corner sets the edge, but he is swarmed over. He actually breaks the ankles of first two inside guys with his elite quickness. That is unbelievable to do that to two guys in such a small area. Then he gets tackled by the Corner from behind (:11). He stops and comes back right here, and you can see the two linebackers go down trying to cutback (:24). That is awesome.

He finds the hole in the Zone with three defenders watching him and a Safety over the top. Then he spins off the tackle of one defender and cuts back again. You can see the three DBs behind him unable to keep up, and he slides to the ground as the defender comes from behind (:27). That is elite quickness, explosion, and dynamic ability in the open field. He redefines a waterbug.

He gets the inside shoulder of the CB, and then watch the burst past him. He is two yards past the CB before he leaves the screen. The CB never catches up until he has to slow down for the ball (:40). You can see the nice release, and then the explosion past the CB. He is 5-yards open 15 yards downfield. Tell me that didn’t look like Santonio Holmes at Ohio State. If the ball isn’t short that is an easy TD (1:08). He body catches a little here (1:21). With his blend of speed, quickness, and explosion, CBs just can’t stay with him in the open field. He already has three catches for 75-Yards.

He runs a little Slant, but you can see his survival instincts are making him a little leery. Then he tries to jerk it back outside, but gets swarmed over (1:27). I love that screen. He catches the ball, sees a crack behind his big guys, and takes off diagonally across the field until he reaches the sideline. A DB has the angle on him, but he turns on the jets and somehow turns the corner on him, and slips into the endzone. That is just remarkable (1:36). You see the nice pattern first, where he comes to the ball as the O-Linemen get out in front of him. I think you are going to see this type of screen run more and more in the NFL. It allows the receiver to catch the ball running instead of being static. This allows him to get moving behind his blockers faster. Watch the nice catch as he leaps up and snags the ball (1:54). Because he is already moving, once his feet hit the ground he is in full stride across the field. He shows a little power running through the high grab of the defender (2:05). He runs a nice Slant, like he is trying to block, and snaps up the field as the CB reacts to the flea-flicker. He breaks back to the sideline and catches the under thrown ball nicely (2:15). He kind of winds back around to the sideline rather then give two nice breaks, up and out. But you have to love how smoothly he reaches his hands up and grabs that ball over his head deep down field (2:42). That pattern is all speed.

Nice inside move in the Redzone. It helps to have elite quickness or elite size to get open in the Redzone (I let you figure out which one he has 2:52;). Lines up outside like he is going to run deep. He runs the reverse, and doesn’t follow his blocker to the edge, and gets hit by the backside guy. You see that a lot with him. He does such a nice job avoiding all the defenders in front of him, that he often gets tackled by the guy coming up from behind as he moves laterally to make guys miss in front of him (2:59). This is just a stunning catch. That is a great example of his quickness, feet, and ability to adjust to the ball in the air. How many guys do you think can make that catch. It’s funny, because he even looks stunned by the catch (3:09). Watch him use his speed to get by the CB. Then he stops and jerks outside, reaches out his arms and dives for the ball thrown way out on the wrong side of his body, and snags it (3:37). Okay, he is only up to 8 catches for 204 yard and 2 TDs. Oh, and a 25.5 yard average per catch, LOL. 

He uses his quickness for a clutch touchdown in the Redzone (4:04). He just runs a little Post, and catch the tipped ball to win the game in overtime (4:20). Watch this catch (4:29). He was easily the best player on the field that day. He had an average game against Boise St, and you still saw how effective he could be. He had a great game against Utah, and you saw how unstoppable he could be in the open field, both with the ball in his hands and running patterns. Plus, the Utah game wasn’t his best game of the season. Statistically speaking his best game was against Cal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm0_tefL6Sc

Cooks Vs. Utah

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Official Stats:

OREGON STATE – 

2013: Brandin was one of the most explosive players in the nation … announced Jan. 2, 2014 he would forego his senior season to apply for the 2014 NFL Draft becoming the fourth Oregon State player to leave the program early for professional football … chosen as the Biletnikoff Award winner, presented annually to the nation’s outstanding receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation (OSU’s Mike Hass won this award in 2005) … consensus All-American (must be a first team honoree by three of the following; the Sporting News, Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp Football Foundation and AFCA) earning from all but AFCA … ninth Oregon State player ever named to Walter Camp first team … first OSU player named to FWAA first team since 1968 (John Didion) … added first team All-American honors from Associated Press, FWAA, Walter Camp, Sporting News, SBNation, Bleacher Report, Athlon, ESPN.com, SI.com and CBSSports.com … Pac-12 Conference First Team … broke Pac-12 single season record with his 128 receptions in 2013 … set Pac-12 single season record with 1,730 receiving yards in 2013 … established OSU records for career receiving touchdowns with 24 and single season touchdown receptions with 16 … tied the OSU record for single game receptions (Mike Hass vs. Arizona State in 2004) with 14 at San Diego State … his 133.1 yards receiving per game led the NCAA as did his overall yards … he and quarterback Sean Mannion connected for 24 touchdown passes, a school record for the duo, including 16 in 2013 … semifinalist for the Maxwell Award … co-team captain … 28 career starts, 26 straight … explosive on special teams. 

2012: Brandin backed up an outstanding true freshman season with a phenomenal sophomore campaign … announced as one of 10 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award given to the top receiver in the nation … named as Pac-12 Conference honorable mention … combined with Markus Wheaton to be the first OSU receiving duo to exceed 1,000-yards since 2003 … his 1,151 receiving yards ranked seventh for a single season at OSU … 88.5 yards receiving per game ranked fifth in the Pac-12 … posted five 100-yard receiving games – four on the road – tying for fifth in OSU single season history … established a then career-high with nine catches at Arizona and matched it at Washington … 75-yard catch and run at UCLA was the Beavers’ longest since an 87-yard season-opening play to start the 2009 season … started all 12 games … injured ankle against Oregon and missed most of the Nicholls State game.

2011: Played in all 12 games, starting three … started the first game of the season in place of James Rodgers becoming the first true freshman to start a season opener at wide receiver since Roddy Tompkins against Montana in 1996 … one of 10 true freshmen to play in 2011, an Oregon State record … dazzled observers with his speed and highlight reel catches from the outset in fall camp … grabbed a season-high five passes at Utah … tied for the team-lead with three touchdown catches … scored in back-to-back games against BYU and vs. Washington State … added kick return responsibilities late in the season with an average of 22.4 yards per return.
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