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Posted 12 February 2014 - 03:06 PM

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):

 

 

Positives

  • 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

Negatives

  • 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

2013 Performance

There can be a strong argument made that Cooks was the best receiver in college football during 2013.

Read more at http://www.rantsport...zj5zpIPkgxJv.99

 

 

 

Here is Bugler from cbssports

 

ANALYSIS
STRENGTHS: 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!



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:22 PM

He reminds me more of Victor Cruz than Smitty.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

If I had to bet, I would say we're either going OT or CB/S with #28. Outside shot at TE possibly.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:38 PM

young steve smith's ability to go up and get the ball, take hits, break ankles and blow your mind will never be replicated



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:50 PM

As a huge Beaver fan, I have watched Brandin Cooks since he was a freshman, the kid is a baller. Don't let the measurables distract you from his playmaking ability. The Panthers would be much improved with him, hell if the Seahawks don't resign Tate or Baldwin, I would LOVE him on the Hawks. 



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 05:54 PM

Yo! This guy is nice! 128 catches? 1,700+ yards? 1st team All-American? Biletnikoff award winner? 28? Hold up on that. Maybe later. I'll keep my eye on this cat.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:02 PM

As a huge Beaver fan, I have watched Brandin Cooks since he was a freshman, the kid is a baller. Don't let the measurables distract you from his playmaking ability. The Panthers would be much improved with him, hell if the Seahawks don't resign Tate or Baldwin, I would LOVE him on the Hawks. 

 

I'll keep that in mind, Hawk fan. 



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:10 PM

And just like Smitty, he's from Cali

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:34 PM

I would love to here what 89 has to say about Brandin Cooks. 



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:47 PM

How tall were this past SuperBowl winning team's WR's?
Granted, I can tell you that the offense didn't win that game, but these WR's helped sustain long, seemingly hopeless drives.
Is Cooks tiny? Yeah.
Does it matter if he can ball? fug no.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 06:48 PM

The comparisons to Smitty are gonna be hard on him if he's here. There will not be another Steve smith. That's why I'm a little skeptical. I know there are good small receivers and this kid could end up being good, but I just like the idea of getting a big target for Cam for many reasons. Again, I could definitely be wrong about Cooks, but Steve Smith is more of the exception to the rule than the standard when it comes to being a small receiver. He is a freak and built a lot stronger than most wide receivers. I could go on and on about what makes him special but that would be a waste in here. Everyone knows. Steve smith was the best in the game at one time. Does this kid have that kind of potential? It doesn't happen as often for smaller guys. It's very uncommon.

Maybe my expectations are too high, but I like my 1st rounders to have a lot of potential. And I want us to find someone who can be our number one WR at some point, which is someone that everyone hopes can be one of the top in the game.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:26 PM

I see him more like Santana than Steve, to me

 

I think he might be a good WR in the NFL



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:32 PM

Of all fan bases, we should be most receptive to the idea of an undersized WR. Don't understand the obsession with getting a 6' 5" guy like it will magically solve Cam's tendency to overthrow people.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:44 PM

If this guy was 2" taller, he wouldn't even be in the conversation because he'd definitely be gone. I want football players, not guys that look good on a spec sheet.

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:10 PM

QBs like Cam just never seem to have all pro type receivers to throw to. I wanna see that poo at least once in my lifetime. Saw a glimpse of it with McNabb and T.O. and we all saw what happened for that one year. I credit that to those QBs overachieving going from worse to first too quickly. So they don't accumulate enough top draft picks.




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