Here is a good scouting report on Brandin Cooks with a great highlight reel....This guy is a better prospect coming out than Desean Jackson IMO.
2013....128 RECEPTIONS...16 TOUCHDOWNS RECEIVING FOR 1730 YARDS........217 YARDS RUSHING FOR 2 TOUCHDOWNS......WHAT?
Cooks is amazing. So much better than Cobb or Tavon. I don't think Bitonio falls that far, but really like James. Don't like any of the 3rd round choices on the oline. HUGE difference between FCS and NFL caliber defensive lineman. Sure, they may have potential, but rarely do players live up to "potential". Potential means you haven't done anything yet.
Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better. - S. Beckett
I like Cooks but his rating is moving in the wrong direction. He was properly slated a couple of months ago, when he was second tier prior to the onslaught of hype.
As Fin Thirteen posted, I've seen Cooks blanketed and the defender virtually bored. Not great routes. He's a bully receiver who can really take advantage of mismatches, like the weaker Pac 12 opponents and early in the Hawaii Bowl. There's a tremendous disparity in level of Pac 12 coaching. Along with the great ones you've got idiots like Mike Leach and Sonny Dykes. Cooks got to face them back to back. Otherwise there were a couple of games in which I bet against Oregon State and didn't even worry about Cooks.
He's special. Tavon Austin is extra special. The truth has a way of shaking itself out.
I like him better than Tavon coming out.......
I agree that we should go WR in round 1, and that we don't have to panic about the OL. If Marquis Lee is there, however, he makes the most sense for the future. We'll need a #1 WR when Wallace fizzles out, and this is a rare opportunity to draft one cheap. Before 2013, Lee was a top 3 pick, then fortunately for us, he had a bad year. Cooks or Beckham make sense if Lee is gone. I would trade out of round 2 and draft James in round 3.
Make your own rules!
Cooks is a very talented receiver who took full advantage of what he was given on the college fields of the PAC-12. He'll be successful in the NFL but nowhere near the insane levels of production i college. Expecting that would be naive, imo.
No one said anything about equalling college numbers.....but theres a slot guy who we traded away who put up huge numbers in New England who didn't have this guys physical skills.
People get too caught up in size versus production....Its why Zach Thomas went in the 5th round.
Other than his size...there is no knocks on this kid, he has elite speed and burst and is tough...and oh yeah...he produces.