Aug 15, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) reaches out for a pass as Tennessee Titans cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson (25) defends during second half of a preseason game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Tennessee Titans 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints 2014 Player Ranks: No. 12, Brandin Cooks

We’re now twelve days away from the return of New Orleans Saints football, Who Dat Nation! I can already smell your ‘Roasted Falcon’ recipes for that Sunday. We continue our two-week series that focuses on my Top 15 players heading into the 2014 Saints’ season, which will help take you into the regular season opener with those beloved Falcons. Today’s selection: Brandin Cooks

Quick Bio & Resume

Birthday: 9/25/1993 (20 years old)
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 189 pounds
Twitter: @BrandinCooks
College: Oregon State
NFL Experience: Rookie
Position: Wide Receiver
Number: 10

2013 Highlights & Notes

  • First round selection (20th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft
  • Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Best Receiver)
  • First-team All-American
  • First-team Pac-12
  • Set school and Pac-12 season record with 128 receptions
  • 128 Receptions, 1,730 yards, 13.5 yard receiving average, 16 TD, 217 rushing yards, 2 TD, 12 kick and punt returns for 72 yards

Overview

As we sat through the first night of the 2014 NFL Draft, we never would have guessed what ended up transpiring for the New Orleans Saints. The team traded up seven spots to nab the 20th overall pick from the Arizona Cardinals to draft wide receiver Brandin Cooks. It was a sign of things to come for the Saints’ offense, as they drafted a playmaker that was desperately needed to help the offensive attack. Cooks was easily associated to the top tier of a rich wide receiver draft class, and was the fourth overall receiver taken.

2014 Outlook

Brandin Cooks is a dangerous presence to any opposing defense on the 2014 Saints schedule. Furthermore, he’s a weapon that Drew Brees will absolutely love to unleash. His blazing speed and ability to make defenders miss tackles will come in handy. Don’t be surprised to see Cooks on highlight reels ‘breaking defenders ankles’ with his moves. Cooks has been dazzling the media and organization since his first day at practice. To suggest that there’s a ton of buzz around Cooks is a bit of an understatement. Simply put, you can expect Cooks to appear a little bit of everywhere on the field, and is an early candidate for rookie of the year. 

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