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Diamond in the Rough: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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Welcome back Nation to another Diamond in the Rough. Last time we looked DT from Princeton, Caraun Reid. I assume you guys didn't care too much for him, since I did not get much feedback. I wont make that mistake again, but just in case you didn't get the chance to read it and look at him, HERE IS THE LINK anyway.

This time around, I have a real playmaker. A lot of people on this site, say the Raiders need a #1 receiver, while this is true, everyone mentions the tall or speedy guys that lineup on the outside. What I question is, why can't that number one receiver be in the slot? Guys like Victor Cruz, Randall Cobb, and Wes Welker have produced in the slot and have shown to be just as deadly as a featured wide receiver on the outside.

If you have an elite slot receiver, it can take you a long way. If you think about it, the raiders don't have a true slot receiver. It was suppose to be Jacoby Ford but he never panned out. Streater is okay, but I believe he is too tall to be considered a true slot receiver. They just need a playmaker and this kid Brandin Cooks could be just what this team is looking for.

Brandin Cooks

Height: 5'10

Weight: 190

Conference: Pac-12

40 Time: 4.45

Games Played: 37

receptions: 218

Yards: 3212

Touchdowns: 23

Yards/game: 86.8

rushing Yards: 311

rushing TDs: 2

return Yards: 251

all-purpose yards: 3774

Total Points scored: 150

Projected round: 2

Position Rank: 5

A local product out of Stockton California (which is a coincidence, I did not know this until I started researching him). Coming out of High school, he was considered one of the best receivers in the country, and was named Offensive Player of the Year in his section. He also has ties to the Oakland Raiders. His stepbrother, Maurice Washington, was in training camp with the Raiders. Cooks has never missed a game, at any level, so he has no injury history.

Cooks started out his college career in 2011 playing in all 12 games that year, starting three. He quickly turned heads with his with his speed and highlight reel catches. He finished with 31 receptions, 391 yards and 3 TDs on the year.

In 2012, he improved tremendously, catching 67 passes for 1151 yards and 5 TD's. Cooks was announced as one of 10 semi-finalists for the Biletnikoff Award and was named Pac-12 honorable mention.

In 2013, he was seen as the most explosive player in the country, and possibly the best receiver in the Pac-12, which means a lot since Marqise Lee is also in the Pac-12. This time Cooks would win the Biletnikoff award. He was named Pac-12 Conference First Team and his 128 catches broke the Pac-12 single season record. Cooks was a co-captain for Oregon State, and broke many school records. He finished with 128 receptions, 1730 yards, and 16 TDs on the year.

Cooks, is the epitome of a play maker. He always seems to make the impossible catch despite his size. He has great instincts and can see the field very well. His route running is superb and he can burn you with his speed. In other words, he is everything that Jacoby Ford was supposed to be, and more.

Here is a scouting report by Dane Brugler from NFLDraftScout.com

Cooks is small in stature, but he has big play potential, every time he get his hands on the football. He has Terrific athleticism and speed, using start-stop change-of-direction skills and instant acceleration to make defenders miss in the open field. His size and strength is an issue but with his play making abilities, he can become one the leagues elite slot receivers

Cooks compares to Randall Cobb currently and has a round 2-3 grade. The raiders need consistency at the WR position, so who cares if Cooks is a slot guy. If he can make multiple big plays every game, that is a number one receiver in my book.

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