Time for another mock draft, from a familiar face to NFL Network watchers.
Daniel Jeremiah is seen a lot on the NFL Network, reporting on teams during the season, as well as giving his opinions on the draft classes each season. As a former scout, he can bring a unique perspective, and he does just that whenever he appears on the network, or on the NFL.com website.
Daniel has released his third mock draft of the season, and it brings a new face to the Jets choice at number 18. Who is it?
BRANDIN COOKS, WR, OREGON STATE
The Jets need offensive playmakers and Cooks is an explosive weapon with outstanding college production.
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So, what do we think? Here are his college stats:
Receiving & Rushing
These are definitely the numbers of an explosive playmaker, which is just what the doctor ordered for the New York Jets. Geno Smith needs guys to throw to, and Cooks would be just that.
Did he move into the top 20? This scenario does have the Jets passing on Marqise Lee and Jace Amaro. The argument could be made that the Jets might be better suited to go with a tight end in the first round, and look at a wide receiver later on, as well as in free agency. Either way is a fair point.
At the combine, Brandin ran the 40 in 4.33 seconds to lead at the position. He also proved his shiftiness, posting a 3.81 second performance in the 20 yard shuttle, and 10.72 seconds in the 60 yard shuttle, leading at both drills.
With 16 reps on the bench press, he is fairly strong for his 5’10″, 189 pound frame. Strength is important for an NFL wide receiver, as we have talked about many times before, because of press coverage. This is biggest change from the college game to the pros. You have to be able to get off press coverage, and you don’t see it in college.
If Brandin Cooks can get off of press coverage, he can make something of himself in the NFL. I like the pick, from what I have seen. What do you guys think?