2013 Brandin Cooks highlights (via OSUBeaversAthletics)
Brandin Cooks vs Cal (2013) (via Aaron Aloysius)
5-10, 186, 4.3
2013: 128 for 1730, 16 TDs
I'm not a fan of little guys, so for me, you better be blazing fast if you're less than 6-2, 215. Therefore, the first time I looked at Cooks, he came into the batters box with an 0-1 count due to his 5-10ness. Then it seemed to me like the pursuit was always hovering around him. He looked like Kerley to me. "Nice player, but meh, we have a Kerley already," was my reaction to him. Then a couple days ago J-Nasty says, "yeah but that was because his QB leaves him hanging around waiting for the ball all the time." So I went back to the tape. And of course... freakin Seadrunk fanboy was right (he's been acutely annoying in that department this year, btw). Cooks' QB(s) stole a 2,000 yard season from him, in my opinion, with all the balls that were late and under thrown to him. Cooks does still remind me of Kerley, though. Kerley with Tavon Austin speed.
One of the things I really like about Cooks is that despite his 5-10ness, dude goes and gets it. He fights for jump balls, extends himself on the sidelines, hand wrestles on deep throws... dude competes. He's not just a quick little zig-zagger. He's got a little Steve Smith to his game. He's also got great hands and will haul in off-target throws. He's a dynamite route-runner; very precise and very explosive out of his breaks. And the dude is absolutely liquid lightning after the catch. He's definitely not a little guy to be regulated to slot duties. He's an explosive playmaker that should be used to attack defenses from anywhere and everywhere on the field.
Brandin Cooks is a beast. If we're lucky enough to draft him, I'd be really excited about it.