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IV and a Half.
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,
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]
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vs. Boise ST
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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