WR Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State would be the perfect replacement for DeSean Jackson. The OSU product dazzled scouts at the combine with his blazing speed (4.33 40-yard dash) and strong hands. Cooks won the Biletnikoff Award, by putting up stellar numbers last season for the Beavers catching 128 balls for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. Jackson has been in the news for the past couple of weeks with rumors swirling about a trade, and the team may not want any headaches heading into mini camp.
Cooks would fit admirably in the Philadelphia Eagles‘ SeaCoast offense, while lining up all over the field and spreading defenses much like Jackson did last year. His size (5-foot-10, 189 pounds) resembles Jackson to a point, but Cooks is more thickly built than Jackson (5-foot-10, 175 pounds). Cooks is a special athlete with explosive feet and natural burst. His electric speed and elusiveness makes him dangerous after the catch. He has great hands to adjust and snatch the ball out of air.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has expressed interest in the wide receiver. Jackson’s me-first attitude and his $12.5 million cap hit in 2014 could point toward the two parting ways. However, Cooks is a strong football character and durable player who has never missed a game at any level. Kelly builds his team around high-character players like Cooks. Come the NFL Draft in May when the Eagles are on the clock at 22, Philadelphia should consider a more suitable replacement for No. 10.
John Ulecka is a contributor for Rant Sports.