Brandin Cooks (WR), Oregon State
5’10” | 189 lbs.
128 REC, 1,730 YDS, 16 TDS
What scouts are saying:
"An explosive receiver that wins at every level of the field. Can take short passes for long gains after creating even more separation.” (Josh Norris, Rotoworld)
"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.” (Dane Brugler, CBS Sports)
“Even though Cooks is undersized, he can operate in the short and intermediate part of the field. He gets separation on short routes and is a nice weapon on third downs. His slot receiver capabilities could turn him into one of the better slot wide outs in the league.” (WalterFootball.com)
"Tracks and adjusts. Quick hands. Good concentration, body control and boundary awareness. Shows elusiveness, creativity and vision after the catch. Unafraid to play in the tall trees.” (Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com)
Fit for Bears:
While the Bears are already set at receiver on the outside with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, Cooks, who won the 2013 Fred Biletnikoff award for best receiver in the nation, would add tremendous speed in the slot to an already dynamic offense under Marc Trestman. At the moment, Marquess Wilson is projected to be the third receiver for the Bears in 2014. While Cooks might be an upgrade over Wilson, the Bears don’t have a glaring need at wide receiver and could wait until the later rounds to select a pass catcher from what should be a very talented group. But if Phil Emery likes Cooks enough, he could trade down from No. 14 and take Cooks later in the first round while adding more picks.