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2014 Draft Spotlight: WR Brandin Cooks

Posted May 3, 2014

Previewing projected top picks of the upcoming NFL Draft

The drama continues to build, surrounding next week's 2014 NFL Draft, when the Kansas City Chiefs will be on the clock, beginning with their 23rd-overall pick.

Leading you up to draft day on Thursday, we'll preview one player each day, who draft analysts say could possibly be available, when the Chiefs are set to pick at #23. However, none of the reports in this Draft Spotlight series are indicative of who the Kansas City Chiefs plan to draft, with any of their currently-owned six draft picks.

Oregon State University WR Brandin Cooks, the 2013 Biletnikoff Award winner (nation's top receiver), from Stockton, Ca., set single-season Pac-12 records with 1,730 receiving yards (led FBS) and 128 receptions, second-most in the FBS. Cooks also rushed 32 times for 217 yards and two TDs for the Beavers in 2013.

* 2012 Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 pick - finished with five 100-yard receiving games
* 2011 - Played in all 12 games, starting three
* Ninth Oregon State player ever named to Walter Camp first team
* Established OSU records for career receiving touchdowns with 24 and single season touchdown receptions with 16

NFL.com offered the following evaluation of Brandin Cooks:

STRENGTHS

* Light-footed and shows great balance

* Tracks and adjusts well to the ball

* Cooks is elusive, creative and doesn't fear taller competition

* Exceptionally durable, never missing a game, dating back to high school

* Will be a 21-year-old rookie

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

* Lacks ideal length and bulk

* Limited run strength and inconsistent blocker

BOTTOM LINE

Cooks established himself as a playmaker in his own right by leading the nation with 133 yards per contest as a junior and is projected as a useful slot receiver with run-after-catch ability and some utility as an outside receiver.

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