He isn't going to make anyone look bad in the open field.
Now he is not necessarily as elusive as Tavon Austin, but he does have enough of a juke move to be an every down threat, especially in the open field. Of course he is not as strong or physical as Smitty, but he may be more nimble and shifty which may compensate for the lack of strength. But, don't get it twisted, he attacks the ball, and he is a play maker.
Here is part of Patrick karraker's scouting report (Rant sports):
- Plays like a big receiver in a little guy’s body; not just a slot receiver
- Not afraid to go up high and fight with defensive backs for contested balls
- Quality deep threat and good at getting open downfield
- A legitimate all-around offensive weapon; is a serious threat on screen plays and reverses
- Exceptional breakaway speed
- High-effort, powerful run blocker
- Has some punt return experience
- Undersized, especially for an outside receiver
- Not very elusive with defenders in his face
- Sideline-to-sideline speed is questionable and may get exposed by better defenders at next level
- Somewhat of a one-year wonder
There can be a strong argument made that Cooks was the best receiver in college football during 2013.
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Here is Bugler from cbssports
ANALYSISSTRENGTHS: Special athlete with explosive feet and natural burst - springs in his legs. Fluid body control with excellent start/stop moves, open-field vision and patient hesitation to elude defenders - joystick moves with loose hips and joints. Beautiful acceleration with speed to burn - electric after the catch.
Quick hands to adjust and pluck with very good coordination to look the ball into his mitts. Quick footwork to set up his routes and fool defenders - has worked hard to fine-tune this area. Works hard to max out his frame.
Strong football character. Tough individual - has never missed a game at any level. Experience on special teams as a return man - became full-time punt returner in 2013 (6.0 average). Very productive and 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner as nation's top receiver - set Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches (128) and receiving yards (1,730), also setting new school record for touchdown catches (24).
WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size with below average height and length for the position. Limited strength, muscle and overall growth potential. Struggles with physical defenders and doesn't have ideal body strength - will be overwhelmed in man coverage. Looks to avoid contact and would much rather escape out of bounds or go around defenses. Needs to secure the ball through the process to eliminate drops and fumbles. Smallish target for quarterbacks.
COMPARES TO: Tavon Austin, St. Louis Rams - Cooks is a slightly bigger, not as fast version of Austin due to explosive feet, open-field moves and natural athleticism that makes him a home-run threat whenever he touches the ball.
--Dane Brugler (1/2/14)
Though old, I am sure the sentiment still applies:
He has pull away from anyone type of speed in the open field and does a good job of catching the ball in traffic - Scott Kennedy, Scout.com.
Bucky Brooks, in an article in November in regards to Cooks stealing some of Lee's thunder:
He has torched opponents on vertical routes on the perimeter and has displayed exceptional quickness and burst on "catch and run" plays. Cooks' sudden acceleration and burst is unrivaled at his position; he is truly a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Now I am not saying that I would even draft Cooks, but he has to be in the conversation if he is what people are saying he is: An explosive play maker not as fast as Tavon, but not as physical as Smith, but somewhere in between. If G-man thinks he's the guy, I'm sold! I'll take it!