- Brandin Cooks
Brandin Cooks shows perfect form catching at the combine.
- Oregon State
His name alone equals pure speed. I bet if he can't cook, he can burn dbs. His 3.81 shuttle drill was best of the entire combine and 4.33 40 yard dash second fastest. There are over 300 draftees and Cooks blazed them all. So he’s 5’9 and 189 lbs the skeptics say. He jumped a 36 inch vertical (10th best of 44 wide receivers). He lifted 225 lbs (more than his own body weight) 16 reps which is 5th best of all wideouts. And at just 20 years old, the only way to go is up. He’ll grow even stronger and faster.
He has an amazing burst off the line, precise footwork running his routes, and great hands making a perfect fit for a slot receiver. You don’t have to be tall to catch 100 balls.
Draft expert Mike Mayock compares combine highlights and loves Cooks’ game.
He’s built like a rock. Imagine him in motion, he’ll escape the jam every time and be open all day. The gauntlet drill was a thing of beauty. Most young receivers sacrifice speed thinking of just catching the ball. Plus, he controls his speed by staying in bounds to finish after the catch while others jogged out. Cooks can fly and attacks the ball, reminding me of speedster Steve Smith.
I also see him returning kicks. Steve Smith started out as a gadget playmaker and grew into the number one receiver in the league once upon a time. Cooks is the next little man to make a big name.