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What 2014 New Orleans Saints draft pick surprised you the most?

Posted May 15, 2014

New Orleans Saints fans vote WR Brandin Cooks as most surprising 2014 Saints Draft pick

New Orleans Saints fans voted the team’s first round pick of Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks as their most surprising 2014 selection in a poll on the team’s website this week.

Cooks received 43 percent of the 1,528 votes in the poll. Along with Cooks, S Vinnie Sunseri (27%) and DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste (11%) rounded out the top three vote getters in the poll.

The Saints made Cooks their first-round pick after trading up from the 27th overall slot to the 20th to get him. The deal delivered the Saints' first round pick and their third-round selection (91st overall) to the Arizona Cardinals.

Cooks established himself as one of college football’s elite offensive weapons in three seasons at Oregon State, where he started 29-of-38 games and posted 226 receptions for 3,272 yards (14.5 avg.) with 24 touchdowns, also adding 61 carries for 340 yards (5.6 avg.). Expected to also compete for snaps in the return game for the Saints, Cooks also returned 12 punts for 72 yards and brought back eight kickoffs for 179 yards for a career total of 3,863 all-purpose yards.