Teams looking for a slot receiver in the National Football League regard Brandin Cooks as a fearless athlete who steps on the field and takes on a Steve Smith-like (former Carolina Panther) personality – do whatever it takes to get to the ball and big plays will follow. Not only is Cook an accomplished flanker with the strength to defeat the jam, but he has also utilized his fantastic initial burst to excel carrying the ball out of the backfield, averaging 5.57 yards toting the pigskin as a ball carrier.
Based on his outstanding performance at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, none of the big boys could match up to the Stockton, California native. Cooks' 10-yard dash timing (1.54) was one of the fastest at the 2014 event. His 4.33-second clocking in the 40-yard dash was the second-fastest of all the 335-plus players in attendance. Among those that participated at the Combines over the last decade, that figure checks in as the 16th-best.
Cooks also ranked with the best at his position with a 36-inch vertical jump and a 10'-0" broad jump. He was timed at 3.81 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle. That figure was not only the best of all players at the 2014 testing, but only cornerback Jason Allen-Tennessee was able to match that figure during the last 10 years (2006). Cooks also led all players in the last decade with a 60-yard shuttle timing of 10.72 seconds and placed 10th among all wide receivers since 2005 with a 6.76- second performance in the three-cone testing.
On the gridiron, Cooks also established himself as one of the truly elite athletes, not only in the Pac-12 Conference, but in all of college football. Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, he ranks fifth with 3,272 receiving yards and an average of 86.11 yards per game. He also placed seventh by averaging 5.95 receptions per game. He led the nation as a junior with 133.08 receiving yards and finished second while leading the league with an average of 9.85 receptions per game, which is tied for 15th on the NCAA season-record chart.
Cooks closed out his career by recording 13 100-yard receiving performances in 29 games as a starter. His 226 receptions placed second on the school record list and rank 10th in Pac-12 Conference annals. He ranks third in OSU history with 3,272 receiving yards, eighth best on the conference chart. His 24 touchdown catches established a Beavers career-record and his 3,863 all-purpose yards rank ninth in school annals.
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