NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks
|04.02.14 at 5:13 pm ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that may be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. Here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Position: Wide receiver
School: Oregon State
Weight: 189 pounds
Achievements: 2013 Biletnikoff award (nation’s top receiver), 2013 first-team All-American, 2013 first-team All-Pac-12, 2012 Biletnikoff award semifinalist, 2012 All-Pac 12 honorable mention
What he brings: Cooks is known for his good vision and creativity after the catch, although his size is an issue. There were some concerns about his speed, but at the NFL scouting combine he was the top performer in the 20-yard and 60-yard shuttles with times of 3.81 and 10.72, respectively, and had the best wide receiver time (4.33) in the 40-yard dash.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 1
Notes: Cooks, who has never missed a name at any level, set the Oregon State and Pac-12 records for catches with 128, receiving yards with 1,730 and touchdown catches with 24 as a junior in 2013. He also served as a team captain. … His stepbrother, Maurice Washington, was a star receiver at Texas A&M-Kingsville who attended Raiders training camp in 2005 but was diagnosed with kidney cancer and died in 2007. Cooks changed his number to 7 when he got to college in honor of Washington, who had been assigned that number by the Raiders.
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Video: Here is a video highlighting Cooks’ career at Oregon State.