Nov 23, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) scores a touchdown against the Washington Huskies in the second half at Reser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks 2014 NFL Draft Profile


There is something about the wide receiver position that I fall in love with at draft time every year. Last season, I had man crush on Tavon Austin. When the Chargers landed Keenan Allen in the 3rd round I was ecstatic.

This season, the team is looking to add another receiver in the draft onto the roster and I am enjoying watching all the tape of the receivers in this draft class. There is a lot of talent that will be available.

This offseason, the Chargers made a push for Steve Smith and there were a lot of fans that wanted the team to get in on the DeSean Jackson bandwagon. Some fans were afraid of Jackson’s attitude, gang affiliation and bad locker room presence though. There is a player in this draft that has the skills of a Jackson or Smith, but that doesn’t carry the extra baggage. That player is Oregon State WR Bradin Cooks.

Cooks’s downfall is his size. He isn’t super tiny, but he doesn’t have the ideal height for the position. What he does bring is speed, athleticism and explosiveness. The kid is also confident. Here is Cooks talking about DeSean Jackson and how he thinks he can play the game better:

“His game is unbelievable. The man can blow the top off, catch the deep routes, catch the underneath routes, produce in the return game. He’s just special. He’s a freak. I definitely admire his game,” Cooks said, according to philly.com. “Maybe Chip Kelly is looking to take another speedy receiver in that first round, and that could be me. Who knows? And if that’s the case, a lot of people will wonder, ‘Can he do it like DeSean Jackson?’ In my opinion, I can do it like him and do it better.”

Cooks is explosive. He brings a dimension on the field that the Chargers are missing. He is that home run threat that the team does not have. He is explosive after the catch and can bring all the tools that Steve Smith or Desean Jackson would have brought to this team. If the Chargers were interested in adding Steve Smith, then they definitely should be interested in bringing in Brandin Cooks.

If Cooks is available with the 25th selection, he will be a name that the Chargers could write on that paper. The Charger offense would be upgraded to another level with the addition of Cooks.

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  • gpack17

    Why do I feel robert meachem struggled with us and still played well with the saints before and after us? The quarterback..am i saying that rivers is not as good as brees? no…their style..their release point..the ball they throw…when you have a guy thats a big play maker as a deep threat up the field and is a smaller stature but has speed, he needs a qb that gets the ball out in front of him 50 yards down field..not a quarterback that needs the receiver to wait for the ball or needs to come back to the ball…Yes, i am a rivers fan, but that doesnt stop me from seeing that the balls he throws tends to flutter…Vincent jackson was a key piece because he had speed but was big and strong and came back to the ball..allen is a great route runner and possession receiver with great yac ability..my personal opinion is that the chargers need a guy with speed obviously but is a guy that can get up and go after a fade route downfield.. a guy like benjamin, martavious bryant, or a later round pick like coleman…

    • Sergio Quintero

      Cooks did most of his damage from the outside, and his skill set is similar to DeSean Jackson, he’s one of those rare 5’10 guys that can play outside. I think he’s a lot more T.Y. Hilton-DeSean Jackson to a classic slot WR.

      • Julien Bélair

        And Allen is our red zone target with green-gates so a speedy like him is perfect

        • Sergio Quintero

          They should use Green a lot more in the Red Zone, the fade he caught in the playoffs looked easy.

          • Julien Bélair

            He will get more snaps than Gates in 2014 for sure

          • Sergio Quintero

            He should, I don’t know if he will, I hope he does.

          • Julien Bélair

            With what Mccoy said about the fact that he should have used him more I am optimistic about it

    • Julien Bélair

      Rivers has success with Royal and sproles so…

      • Conor Cahill

        neither of them were deep threats, they were underneath threats

        • gpack17

          exactly my point

        • Julien Bélair

          well Royal did catch some deep ball

          • gpack17

            1 or 2 for the season doesnt make the guy a legit deep threat…how many deep routes do you see in cooks highlight tape? a lot…hes small..hes going up against college competition..i dont see rivers getting him the ball like we did for jackson

          • Julien Bélair

            To be honest I would draft Benjamin over him

          • jcrisp

            Benjamin would be great

          • Julien Bélair

            finally someone who agree with me on him !

          • Sergio Quintero

            Talent plays in particular with a franchise QB, both can succeed and would make this offense better, I still think its defense in the first round.

            The biggest need the chargers have is improving the 29th ranked pass defense, 31st in pass rating allowed. They need a player that can get them a whole a lot better than that.

          • Julien Bélair

            I will write something about O vs D in first round soon

          • Sergio Quintero

            Do you think if the BPA is on offense, they will still pick defense?, my opinion is that they are going defense.

          • Julien Bélair

            I’ll tell you that later;)

          • Sergio Quintero

            Good luck with your article

          • Julien Bélair

            thanks !

          • Harry Philpot

            Julien what article are you writing and where can I find it? Thanks

          • Julien Bélair

            You will find it here on Boltbeat somewhere next week ;)

          • Harry Philpot

            Cool, I seem to agree with your ideas most of the time! So it should be a good read

          • Julien Bélair

            thanks I hope you’ll enjoy

          • BlueBoltFan

            You’re right. The problem is, that means a “guaranteed” impact rookie on defense, particularly in either pass rush or coverage. So hard to predict that compared to, say, an offensive skill player that can help Rivers and the offense in the red zone or stretching the field, other areas where the Chargers struggled last year. I’m definitely leaning toward defense especially with so many good WRs in this draft, , but an offensive playmaker could make a strength even stronger.

          • Sergio Quintero

            The 3 Wr’s talked about Lee/Beckham/Cooks I think are better players than the defensive players that get associated with pick 25 (the corners, Nix, Ford). I will not be dissapointed in the least if the chargers took one of the 3 in their first round pick, it shows discipline to pick BPA.

            But the pass defensive isn’t kind of bad, it was mostly horrible most 2013, so until proven otherwise I think the pick at 25 will be player to help their pass defense (pass rusher or corner).

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            but benjamin can’t catch

          • Julien Bélair

            yes he can ! Usually when he drops a pass it is because he looks down the field before the cache is completed which can easily corrected.

            I know he is not a final product but he has so much upside

          • Sergio Quintero

            Some people like the measurables, other like me like production.

            I would be so surprised to see: Benjamin, Roby, Martevius Bryant as chargers

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            I am on the same side as you… i would rather have someone that has shown they can produce over someone that has all the talent, but has not put it together yet. I think Telesco is on the production boat as well

          • Daryl Peek

            Bryant produced tho. He played opposite of the best WR in the nation, in Watkins.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Still very raw in the route running part of his game, he’s a great athlete, but you probably have to “redshirt” his first year, like they did with Vincent Jackson.

      • Sergio Quintero

        People overvalue size with Rivers, if you are open he’ll get you the ball, with Brown struggling Royal played more on the outside and actually got some deep patterns. Because he had success with Jackson, Floyd people assume he can’t play with small guys.

        If they get 5’10 guy with skill Rivers will get him the ball. Rivers had success early in his career with Chris Chambers 5’11 & Eric Parker 5’11.

        • Julien Bélair

          Brown is not a the right place at the right time… Meachem was lost and dropped balls.

          • Sergio Quintero

            I’m hoping that Brown was still affected by the broken ankle and he gets some speed and explosiveness back, I guess its more of a fan’s hope.

          • Julien Bélair

            It is a fan’s hope… right now expect nothing more than a 600 yards 4td season out of him

      • gpack17

        did sproles not mostly run little under routes and screens? and royal little whip routes, and digs, and outs? i dont ever see him running fades or ever been seen as a deep threat…which if you read my paragraph haha it states just that

        • Julien Bélair

          Let me tell you something… every Qb prefer a 6’5 wr

    • BlueBoltFan

      They have shown interest in Cody Latimer as well. I also like Donte Moncrief and Jordan Matthews for that type of game as well. So many WRs in this draft!

  • tonyloc1970 .

    Can you imagine Allen, Cooks, Royal, Green and Woodhead all on the field together. Damn!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I have watched 3 games on draftbreakdown on this guy, dude pretty damn awesome, basically if anyone was clamoring for DeSean Jackson he’s basically that, and probably a better route runner than Jackson was at this point in their careers.

      I still think the pick is defense in the first round, but if he’s T.Y. Hilton/DeSean Jackson he’s worth the 25th pick, plus he looks like the solution at the returners positions.

      • Derek

        colts found ty in a non wr heavy draft in the 3rd rd with tt i think we can do defense early and depend on him to find diamonds in the rough from 3rd rd on

        • Sergio Quintero

          They are very likely going defense, last year they had a massive hole in the Oline, you could very easily argue that there were better players (Lotuleilei was almost universally seen a better prospect) in other positions and they took Fluker.

          This year they have important holes at CB & NT, and even if one of the 3 WR’s that has been talked about is there I expect them with a 95% certainty they are going to pick defense.

          • Derek

            Hope Tt is better than his boss at defense

  • Edward Sherman

    I would like odell or Lee

  • bolt Ness

    So since adrian wilson got released today,would you guys go after him?

    • michael walker

      no

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      nope… too old

  • Alter Ego

    Cook is interesting – a possibility I guess…I think our collective issue as a Charger fan is not scoring points – but rather not having points scored against us. I hope our top three picks are defensive. It will serve as a greater impact for the team.