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The Case for Cooks


I've found myself to be firmly entrenched in the camp who really wants the Jets to draft a corner, and not any corner, but Darqueze Dennard. It's not that I don't like seeing a team score, but it's that I think with the depth of WR and OT in this draft, that there is a good shot that a guy like Dennard could drop. I think that Dennard is the perfect physical, man to man cover corner that Rex needs for his defense. Personally, I think by Week 8, Dennard would be the #1 corner on this roster and Milliner would be a really good #2. I think Dennard could have that type of impact on this roster.

I also like the idea of drafting with the idea of cohesion across a position group - whether that is the secondary, OL, DL, LB, etc. We have seen this in the past when the Jets drafted Brick and then Mangold in the same draft - and they have been the core of our OL ever since. A more modern day example of this has been with the Jets focusing on drafting our DL of the present and future - with guys like Mo, Shelden Richardson, Kenrick Ellis, Snacks (who we got in UDFA) and even Coples (even though he is now an OLB). Drafting Dennard would give us the ability to replicate this model with Milliner and Dennard.

However, reading this article on Grantland today makes me root for adding Brandin Cooks to this roster. We all know that he is an explosive player and the fastest WR in the draft. It's no secret that the Jets offense has been devoid of playmakers, even though with the additions of Decker and CJ2K, we have partially addressed that void.

What struck me about this story, was the glowing nature of this kid's character and his work ethic. This is not typical behavior of any high school or college aged kid. Hell,it's not normal behavior for anyone. One of the biggest issues the Jets have had in recent years was a roster doted with malcontents (here's looking at you Tone Time) and guys with questionable work ethic. You can bet your life that Brandin will be in the facility every day putting in the hours, learning the playbook and striving to be the best on the field. He has the athleticism and the speed. He has the work ethic. To me, this kid sounds like the safest pick in the draft at 18. And maybe this work ethic and drive to be the best will rub off on Stephen Hill, who I still think could surprise some people this year.

Oh, and remember that comment about building cohesion across a position group. I think the same applies for a QB and a WR. I always thought after taking Geno in Round 2 last year, that we should have taken Stedman Bailey in Round 3, as Bailey was his safety blanket in college. Well, maybe Cooks and Geno can develop that chemistry over the next decade in green and white.

http://grantland.com/features/brandin-cooks-nfl-draft-oregon-state-wide-receiver/


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