Saints News

5 New Orleans Saints Sophomores Who Must Step Up in 2015

6 of 6

Jul 28, 2014; White Sulpher Springs, WV, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks (10) gets past a defender during training camp at The Greenbrier. Mandatory Credit: Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports


1. WR Brandin Cooks

Cooks without question has everything it takes to be a superstar in the NFL.  He was the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top WR) winner at Oregon State in 2013, as well as a Consensus All-American and a First-team All-Pac 12 selection in 2013.

Graham and Stills are gone, and Colston’s performance is declining.  What does this mean?  It means it’s time to move on and watch Cooks emerge as the top threat on offense in the Crescent City.

His role will be taking a substantial increase, so it’s up to the young wideout to step up and take over.  Brees hasn’t been equipped with an athlete of Cooks’ caliber since Reggie Bush.

While Cooks lacks the prototypical height for an NFL wide receiver at 5-foot-10, his outstanding speed, versatility and hands certainly make up for it.  He also has great balance and concentration, but most importantly for Sean Payton’s team, Cooks has his head on straight.  He’s a good kid with excellent character qualities that will likely land him as a fan favorite for years to come.  He wants to succeed, he wants to be great, he wants to earn his city another world title.

He’s the future of the New Orleans Saints at the wide receiver position, or at least that’s what is expected.  There cannot be a sophomore slump for Brandin Cooks — he’s destined for greatness in 2015.

Next: Patrick Robinson signs with Chargers

More from Who Dat Dish