After hearing his name called as a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks made an immediate impact in multiple facets of the Saints offense. Appearing in the first 10 games, with six starts, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards with three touchdowns, rushed seven times for 73 yards with a touchdown, and returned 10 punts for 35 yards. At just 21 years old and entering his second NFL season, Cooks will look to continue his development heading into 2015.
NFL CAREER – After hearing his name called as a first-round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, Cooks made an immediate impact in multiple facets of the Saints offense. Appearing in the first 10 games, with six starts, Cooks hauled in 53 receptions for 550 yards with three touchdowns, rushed seven times for 73 yards with a touchdown, and returned 10 punts for 35 yards. At just 21 years old and entering his second NFL season, Cooks will look to continue his development heading into 2015.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Injured Reserve, 11/18/14; Signed to a four-year contract, 5/18/14; Selected by the New Orleans Saints in the first round (20th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
2014 – Played in ten games with six starts and totaled 53 receptions for 550 yards and three touchdowns, seven carries for 73 yards and a touchdown, 10 punt returns for 35 yards and one kickoff return for 12 yards…Placed on Injured Reserve, Nov. 18…Played in first-career game at Atlanta, Sept. 7, and caught seven passes, tied for the most by a Saints rookie in their debut with Reggie Bush (9/10/06 at Cleveland), for 77 yards and a TD while also rushing once for 18 yards. First career-reception came on a 32-yard pass play…Started first career game and caught three passes for 17 yards and two carries for 31 yards at Cleveland, Sept. 14…Started and led the team with eight receptions for 74 yards vs. Minnesota, Sept. 21…Opened the contest and caught a team and career-high nine passes for 56 yards while also rushing twice for 15 yards and returning a kickoff for 12 yards vs. Tampa Bay, Oct. 5…Caught a team-high six passes for a career-high 94 yards, including a career-long 50-yard reception for a touchdown, while picking up first-career rushing touchdown on a jet sweep that went for four yards vs. Green Bay, Oct. 26. At 21 years and 31 days old, became the youngest player in team history to score a rushing touchdown, and the first WR to score one since Robert Meachem did so on a 20-yard end around at Detroit, Dec. 21, 2008. Became the youngest player in NFL history to record both a TD catch and run in the same game…Played on offense and special teams while bringing in five catches for a team-leading 90 yards and a touchdown vs. San Francisco, Nov. 9.
COLLEGE – Started 29 of the career 38 games he Played in at Oregon State as a two-year starter for the Beavers…Posted 226 receptions for 3,272 yards (14.5 avg.) with 24 touchdowns, also adding 61 carries for 340 yards (5.6 avg.)…Also performed well in the return game, bringing back 12 punts for 72 yards and eight kickoffs for 179 yards for a career total of 3,863 all-purpose yards…As a junior, captured the Biletnikoff Award and was a consensus first-team All-American and All-Pac 12 choice, when he opened up all 13 games and set school and conference single-season receiving records with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards (13.5 avg.), with a school-record 16 touchdowns, also gaining 217 yards with two TDs on 32 carries (6.8 avg.). Added 72 yards on 12 punt returns, as his 2,019 all-purpose yards ranked second on the school annual record charts. Led nation in receiving yards and finished second in TD catches, leading the conference. Tied school season record with two 200-yard receiving performances and placed second on season chart with eight 100-yard games….As a sophomore, was a Blietnikoff Award semi-finalist and received All-Pac 12 first-team honors from the NFL Draft report and receive honorable mention from league coaches. In 13 starts, pulled in 67 passes for 1,151 yards (17.2 avg.) with five touchdowns, carried 19 times for 82 yards (4.3 avg.) to amass 1,233 total yards from scrimmage…Recorded 31 receptions for 391 yards (12.6 avg.) with three touchdowns and added 41 yards on 10 carries as a freshman…Also lettered in track…Majored in human development and family sciences.
PERSONAL – Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com coming out of Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) HS, where he was a two time Section Offensive Player of the Year, All-Area selection and team MVP…As a senior, registered 66 receptions for 1,125 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing the season with 1,525 all-purpose yards…As a junior, made 46 catches for 783 yards and 10 TDs…Had 29 receptions for 600 yards and seven TDs as a sophomore…Closed out prep career earning six total letters – three in football, two in track and one in basketball…With an award at the NFL Scouting Combine from Adidas for running the fastest 40-yard dash (4.33), surprised his mother with an automobile as a gift and subsequently purchased her a house following his rookie season…Participated in teammate Benjamin Watson’s “The Big BENefit” event, which provided gift cards to 25 families selected by the New Orleans Family Justice center for a shopping spree…Born September 25, 1993 in Stockton, Calif.
John DeShazier breaks down a series of plays from Brandin Cooks this past season. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Brandin Cooks met with media Monday, Jan. 4 and gave his thoughts on the second season with the Saints. Video by Brendan Hassett (New Orleans Saints Video)
Saints quarterback Drew Brees to Brandin Cooks for 71-yard TD on Sunday, Dec. 27 vs. the Jaguars.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees connects with Brandin Cooks on a 54-yard touchdown pass.