Corbin Smith

Seahawks Draft Central- Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State

Created on Apr. 07, 2014 8:42 PM EST


HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5'10, 189

2013 STATS: 128 REC, 1730 YDS, 16 TD

STRENGTHS: Cooks could be in the discussion for most explosive athlete in this draft class. He has a natural burst and possesses filthy open field moves to make defenders miss often. His 4.33 speed makes him a threat to go the distance every time he touches the football and also makes him a dangerous punt return specialist. He's greatly improved his route running skills since he arrived in Corvallis and set several school and conference records on his way to winning the 2013 Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver. He broke both Oregon State and the Pac-12's single-season reception record with 128 catches and also broke the single-season receiving yard record in both categories with 1,730 yards. He's a highly productive player both as a runner and receiver while also being durable. He never has missed a game at any level.

WEAKNESSES: Despite his small stature, Cooks is one of the toughest players in this draft. However, his small frame does have some negative effects on his game. It becomes clear watching film that a physical corner can cause problems for him, especially when he is going up against man coverage. He doesn't like contact at the point of attack and prefers to run around defenders, which could pose problems at the next level. He also had had some issues in the past with drops and fumbles because he is so quick to turn up field. Being a smaller target also can make it a challenge to get him the football at times, though a quality quarterback would love to have his speed and play-making ability on the outside.

WHERE HE FITS: Cooks will be picked in the first round. The real issue is figuring out how early he'll be off the board. When he first declared for the draft, many viewed him as a second round talent, but his strong performance at the combine increased interest substantially. Seattle already has Percy Harvin to add the speed element to the receiving core, but Cooks is a much different player than Harvin. He's not quite as fast, but he's much more durable and has a more complete game as a receiver. His ability to return punts and provide explosive plays in the passing game would surely help replace Golden Tate. The Seahawks and Cooks would be a great match, but it's hard to envision him lasting all the way to pick #32. If Seattle fell in love with him, they would most likely have to trade up to the middle of the first round to grab him. Knowing how Seattle has operated in the past, it's unlikely a move like that would happen. But John Schneider has made plenty of bold moves during his tenure, so it can't be ruled out completely.
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