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New York Jets Prospects: WR Brandin Cooks

Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State Beavers

-Height: 5’10”

-Weight: 186 lbs.

-Junior

Strengths:

  • Has breakaway speed, hard for cornerbacks to guard him downfield
  • Very athletic, separates from defenders with ease
  • Has quick hands that can catch tough passes thrown to him
  • Runs crisp routes with fluidity; quick feet that can stop and go or turn fast
  • Potential punt returner in the NFL – above average vision, can see defenders coming at him

Weaknesses:

  • Small for a wide receiver, built like Tavon Austin. May struggle in tight coverage
  • Struggles when blocking

Analysis:

Brandin Cooks is a very fast, elusive wide receiver who could fit well in the New York Jets offense. Although he has a small frame, he can make crisp cuts and get open off of slants. He would thrive as a slot receiver in the NFL and could become a punt returner in his rookie season. While at Oregon State, Cooks accumulated a NCAA D1-leading 1,730 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns. He is a threat all over the field, especially with the team’s number two cornerback or safety on him.

Projection: First Round Pick 

With the great need the Jets have for weapons on the outside, Cooks would be a great addition.  The Jets were impressed with him at the NFL Combine, so this is a match that may be made in heaven.

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