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Cooks brings style and substance

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am with 48 Comments »
March 19, 2014 9:59 am
Brandin Cooks was a top performer at the NFL Combine. / AP photo
Brandin Cooks showed style and substance at the NFL Combine. / AP photo

Player interviews at the NFL Combine delivered the excitement level usually reserved for receiving a mousepad as a gift.

Polite, nice enough, the thought counts. But, boring, really.

Then, Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks hit one of the stages off to the side. He leaned forward, gripping both sides of the podium with his hands when he spoke.

He was not simply happy to be at the Combine. Cooks was in Indianapolis to open eyes.

Cooks projected a “low 4.3 to a mid-4.3” in the 40-yard dash. He popped a 4.33, second-best at the combine.

He was the top performer in the 20- and 60-yard shuttle drills.

The guess is he also did well in the interviews, where he wanted to get across a main point.

“I’m confident, and that’s that,” Cooks said. “What I say is what I’m going to do, and that’s my plan, is to step out there and put my word on the line.”

Cooks will be tagged with the undersized label after he measured 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds at the Combine.

Yet, that was plenty of size to help him go off his junior year with the Beavers.

He made 128 catches for 1,730 yards, which was good enough to earn him the Biletnikoff Award. It was his second consecutive 1,000-yard plus receiving season in Corvallis.

In talking to Mike Riley, he made a few interesting points about Cooks during effusive praise.

First was that Cooks initially committed to UCLA. Not a surprise since he’s from Stockton, Calif. After looking around more, Cooks decided on Oregon State.

“From the moment I’ve really gotten to know Brandin, when we were in the process of recruiting him, I thought him to be a very thoughtful person,” Riley told the News Tribune. “Kids make choices about a school for a lot of different reasons. But, I think that we ended up getting him because he was very thoughtful about how he would fit in and what he wanted to do as a receiver in college football and he liked our system.

“He studied football as to his fit and made a decision based on that. When a guy has the choices he had and really looks at his fit on the football end of it, it’s a little bit unusual for a 17-year-old to do that, because there’s so many other factors.”

It’s expected Riley — one of the most affable coaches there is — would say positive things about Cooks. So, we’ll take all praise with a grain of salt.

But, Riley was emphatic when talking about Cooks, from work ethic to attitude to skill. When listening to Riley, it’s easy to envision the Seahawks looking at these list of attributes and feeling this is the type of player who would fit in.

“I’ve always found him to believe that football is really important to him,” Riley said. “Then, everything after that, with Brandin, has been really just an absolute joy to be around. A high-, high-character guy. Never a glitch here. Never even close to even hearing about him being in trouble. Always tremendously respectful of everybody around him. The equipment room guys, all the people that we come in contact with traveling. His representation of our university and program are at the highest level.

“I just think he’s a terrific young man. Then his drive, almost obsession to be good, was always there. Tremendously hard worker. Tremendous student of the game. Wanted to always get better. Fun, fun to coach. Always a good attitude. Always a great approach to practice. Smile on his face and a bounce in his step. Every day was the same with Brandin Cooks. He’ll be a great pro. He’ll be a professional right away and they’ll never have to worry about him. He’ll be one of their hardest working guys and he’ll produce.

“He’s a no-brainer.”

After agreeing there are several excellent wide receivers in the draft, Cooks said he thinks he’s the best one. Then, this, which again conjures thoughts of a certain Seahawks player or two.

“Numbers don’t lie,” Cooks said. “I feel like no one is out there working harder than me. I have a lot to prove. I have a chip on my shoulder. They say I’m not the tallest, but I feel like there’s so many guys in this game today that are potential Hall of Famers like Steve Smith, who’s killing the game right now. DeSean Jackson. I can go down the list, and there’s guys under 5-10 that are definitely great receivers in this game.”

Most projections have Cooks being drafted late in the first round. Mel Kiper has him all the way up 17th. Todd McShay has him at 26, as does Sports Illustrated.

His rise after the Combine makes it less likely he’ll be around when the Seahawks select 32nd. If he is, he could be an interesting fit.

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  1. Sounds like a great pick for some other team. All of our current receivers are more suited for flanker or the slot with the exception of maybe Lockett. Hopefully we’ll re-sign Rice and draft a young split end to develop.

  2. No problem if the hawks want to grab a WR in the first round, but because of his size (already have two smaller WRs) and expected draft position (mid round 1) doubt Cooks would be the guy.

    Another option might be Kelvin Benjamin, all 6’5″ 240lbs of him.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1860744/kelvin-benjamin

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000335140/article/2014-nfl-draft-what-we-learned-from-tuesdays-pro-days

  3. As of a fan of the Beavers and driving down to every game (wife is an alum and has season tickets), I would LOVE to have Cooks on the hawks. He is fast as hell and has ridiculous hands. Could also see him as a great punt returner. However, as stated above, we do have a lot of WR’s with that same size. Unless they could get him as a steal somewhere in the draft and let him grow into the NFL game slowly, I doubt they will go for him. They need a tall WR who can stretch the field like a younger Sid Rice. It will be interesting to see where they go in the draft at WR.

  4. Screensmoke says:

    If he still available wich he won’t be guarantee hawks take him – size doesn’t matter with his talent – no way team like hawks would pass him up- 4.3 speed with primo reciever instincts – case closed move on

  5. Screensmoke,, I think you’re right. our FO would not care he’s only 5 feet 9. But I hope we go for RT with 32nd pick and get WR in the 2nd round. WR talent is so deep this year,, better WR available at 64th pick then RT, imo.

  6. Newborough says:

    It would be great to see Cooks still there at #32, but I can’t see it happening, to be honest. If we choose to go for a taller WR early in the draft, then I’d favor WR Jordan Matthews over Kelvin Benjamin.

    Having said that, I think the Hawks will wait until later in the draft for WR depth anyway and go for OL / DL talent in the early rounds. But there’s no telling which way the coin will drop, not with Pete and John calling it.

  7. SaigonSun says:

    As a Blazer fan I remember we used to have a guard by name of Drexler…. so,we didn’t take MJ.I still haven’t forgiven coach Ramsey for that decision. Should I say more?

  8. lol, ummm we’re comparing Cook to MJ? wow… smh…

  9. If Portland drafted Jordan, he wouldn’t of ended up like the Jordan we know. He probably would have been great, but not the best.

  10. Clyde the Glide, I loved watchin’ that dude.

  11. Be hard to pass up Benjamin at 32.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Is this an actual post about the upcoming draft? Hallelujah.

    Cooks will likely be gone so it’s a moot point, but he’s a great receiver.

  13. TallyHawk says:

    Count me among the pro kelvin Benjamin crowd. He made a lot of plays last season.

  14. SaigonSun says:

    Yank, you aren’t the brightest bulb on the Christmas Tree, arencha? My post wasn’t about comparing Cook to MJ. Sad that point went over your head

  15. Screensmoke says:

    Drexler and MJ- that would of been a beautiful thing-!!!!!

  16. Screensmoke says:

    Chemo sucks

  17. HawkfaninMT says:

    So since the topic here is Rookie WRs…

    I tier them as follows for who I think would be best for the Hawks:

    Watkins and Evans (not going to be there)

    Benjamin, Lee, OBJ, Cooks

    How many WRs could possibly be drafted in the first round for goodness sake?

    I see us ending up with Lee in the first and I would be excited about that!

  18. KLM should invent a new statistic. Measure the chip on a players shoulder and add to his height producing a “playing height”.
    Given what we know now, we have a 6′ 10″ Russell Wilson passing to a 8′ 2″ Doug Baldwin.

  19. Southendzone says:

    http://www.earlthomas.com/2014/03/19/life-orange/

    Earl Thomas latest blog post. Very cool

  20. I think Lee is gone by pick #32.

    Not sure who said it earlier, but unless we start picking up some FA o-line, I expect we will draft o-line at #32. My preference would be at RT….. Kouandjio or Moses. Or if we go guard Suafilo or Yankey. But you never know with JS/PC

  21. yankinta says:

    SaigonSun,, please educate me on what the point of your post.

  22. HawkfaninMT says:

    @yank: I assume he is talking about missing on a great talent in the draft just because of a measurable, and players you currently have.

    In his example they passed on MJ because they had Drexler

    The implication is that we should not pass on Cooks just because we have Baldwin

  23. Southendzone says:

    I’m worried that Kelvin Benjamin might be TOO big. What if he starts eating like crazy and turns into Mike Williams?

  24. Let’s see–draft prognostication–for JS & PC.

    2013–traded #1 for Percy Harvin, 1st pick was Christine Michael
    2012–Bruce Irvin
    2011–James Carpenter

    Why are you guys even going through the exercise of trying to figure it out?

    Seems like picking the $1 billion Warren Buffett NCAA bracket would be easier.

  25. HawkfaninMT says:

    I got the Irvin pick right!

  26. Macabrevity says:

    Has anyone heard if RW has made any comments on Abbrederis? Or is he just way too politically savvy for that?

  27. yankinta says:

    HawkfaninMT,, I got the Russell Wilson pick right!! :)

  28. Dukeshire says:

    The Irvin pick was *far* more difficult to get right. I would be surprised if more than a handful of people here had even heard of him before the draft.

  29. I was right when I predicted I would type this!!!!

  30. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I was right when I predicted that I would read what DFloydd wrote.

  31. Ray_Maines says:

    I’m always right 95% of the time

  32. ha! See. MoSeahawk12 gets it.

  33. I’m never wrong. I thought I was wrong once, but I was wrong.

  34. yankinta says:

    lol,, hoxvox’s comment was the funniest!! :)

  35. MoSeahawk12 says:

    There is no wrong….only right!!
    Yoda

  36. Hoxvox for the win.

  37. If you had Irvin slotted for the first round, that’s truly incredible by all accounts!

  38. jawpeace says:

    Yankinta I don’t know how you got the RW pick in the third- right. Because I had RW in the fourth, as the Hawks entered the draft without a third round pick. I look at it like the right player in the wrong round is still a wrong pick.

  39. I had Irvin for the hawks, but in the third round.

    I also nailed the Bobby Wagner pick.

  40. I got Turbin, Wagner, and RW, though I had Turbo in the third and FW in the fourth–and won some cool swag for my trouble. Normally I utterly whiff on who Seattle will draft…Im the king of swing and miss…

    For my two cents, Seattle already has all the under 6′ 200 lb WR’s anyone could ever need. They wont draft this kid even if he’s available. There’s no way he comes close to being the player he was in college in the NFL. We have not only Baldwin, but Harvin and Walters who is a slot WR. We also have Arceto Clark, who while certainly not as fast as this kid Cooks, is quick and small.

    What we DONT have is a guy over 6’2″ who is 215 lbs or more. That kid from the CFL doesnt count, he’s a longshot coming of an injury plagued season.

    If they draft a WR in the first round, Im betting its a tall big guy. Benjamin has the size and cred, but he also drops passes. He’s a possibility in the second, but I dont think first round, though since we pick so low in the second, we might have to just take him at 32 if we want him…

  41. I got Turbin, Wagner, and RW, though I had Turbo in the third and FW in the fourth–and won some cool swag for my trouble. Normally I utterly whiff on who Seattle will draft…Im the king of swing and miss…

    For my two cents, Seattle already has all the under 6′ 200 lb WR’s anyone could ever need. They wont draft this kid even if he’s available. There’s no way he comes close to being the player he was in college in the NFL. We have not only Baldwin, but Harvin and Walters who is a slot WR. We also have Arceto Clark, who while certainly not as fast as this kid Cooks, is quick and small.

    What we DONT have is a guy over 6’2″ who is 215 lbs or more. That kid from the CFL doesnt count, he’s a longshot coming of an injury plagued season.

    If they draft a WR in the first round, Im betting its a tall big guy. Benjamin has the size and cred, but he also drops passes. He’s a possibility in the second, but I dont think first round, though since we pick so low in the second, we might have to just take him at 32 if we want him…

  42. How well did Tavon Austin do last year? Or that kid in Jax, the converted qb? To expect someone that small to have an instant impact is a longshot, and there’s also the durability issue; you want to count on a 5’9″ guy who’s not even 190 lbs to play a major role in your offense? I dont think thats a very good idea at all. Certainly having two or three guys that size for your top 3 of 4 WR’s makes no sense at all…

    Then again, Im so awesome at guessing who Seattle picks in the first round…yeah, right…

  43. Bold prediction – We won’t go QB in the first round. heh heh heh…

  44. Actually, the way JS/PC work, I will only be mildly surprised if they draft a QB early.

  45. Seriously tho, we need OT, G, DE, DT and WR. Maybe a LB too if they cut Heath Farwell as I have suggested.

  46. SEA has a lotta overachievers, God Bless ‘em, but it’s probably best to have most players on the team meet minimum physical requirements because of the bruising smaller players are likely to take. PC likes his players to be big.

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